The reactive stories of hope and despair
Two stories make up the reactive stories of hope and despair. These are the restitution story and the chaos story. They illustrate contrasting reactions that differ primarily in the perceived ability to overcome the difficulty identified by an individual. The restitution (lighter shading on Figure 1 & 2) provides an indication of complete hope in the ability to overcome (often through an external source or factor). This is in contrast to the chaos (Darker shading on Figure 1 & 2) narrative which illustrates no hope in the ability to overcome the difficulty identified. The problem of a focus on what was lost either being too great or impossible to get back. For instance, a dominating social identity like athletic identity when returning to a past level of sport is unlikely. These stories may be plotted on the MEAH and be represented by limited coverage or range of psycho-emotional adaptation and hope. This can make these stories difficult to challenge.