Survivor Stories: Show Curiosity over Judgement

As we step into the possibilities of 2024, we invite you to explore Lynn’s story. Entering a new year not only opens doors for growth but beckons us to unravel our unconscious biases. In the pages of the book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by psychologist Daniel Kahneman, published in 2011, the book explores the two systems of thinking that drive decision-making processes: the fast, intuitive, and emotional system (System 1), and the slow, deliberate, and logical system (System 2). 

What distinguishes us is how we choose to respond to systems 1 initial thought with a secondary system 2 thought. Do we question, challenge, or reframe these thoughts? Lynn’s journey epitomizes the power of these choices.

Fast thoughts can cast shadows of self-doubt. For Lynn, this manifested as uncertainties about finding stable housing, fueled by beliefs that she wasn’t qualified. Her inner dialogue echoed “nutty, crazy, and stupid.” Yet, through accessing support like VBIS and counseling services, Lynn confronted these thoughts. Her slow thoughts challenged the narratives shaping her life perceptions with her understanding of brain injury.

No longer defined by doubts, Lynn embraced her life-altering brain injury. She discovered that forgetting conversations didn’t equate to being unintelligent; it was a result of her brain working differently, akin to a supercomputer’s glitch. Just over a year ago, Lynn joined our Housing Program initiated in early 2022. Her case manager diligently supported her in navigating housing waitlists and exploring viable options. A few months ago, Lynn’s patience paid off—she secured housing through the CRD, marking a significant victory.

As we celebrate Lynn’s triumph, we extend gratitude to VBIS’s incredible donors and grant funders. Their support enabled Lynn to afford a bed—a symbol of security and comfort in her new home.

Lynn and VBIS issue a challenge for the new year: Question your thoughts and be curious about them. Whether it’s negative self-perceptions or initial judgments, delve into your mind with curiosity. We think 99% of the same thoughts each day—by challenging just one thought daily, we have the power to collectively reshape the way we perceive the world and foster positive change.

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Victoria Brain Injury Society

Units C, D & E 830 Pembroke Street
Victoria, B.C. V8T 1H9

Phone: 250-598-9339


The Victoria Brain Injury Society (VBIS) is situated on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) Peoples. We recognize and express gratitude to the Peoples and Nations in our community, and those throughout the regions we service.