Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 399–403 | Cite as

‘Shooting at the Sun God Apollo’: The Apollonian-Dionysian Balance of the TimeSlips Storytelling Project

  • Daniel R. George


In The Birth of Tragedy, Friedrich Nietzsche celebrated the dueling forces of reason and emotion as personified by the ancient Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus. A subtle Apollonian-Dionysian balance can be observed in TimeSlips, a group-based creative storytelling activity developed in the 1990s and increasingly used in dementia care settings worldwide. This article explains how the Apollonion-Dionysian aspects of TimeSlips are beneficial not only for persons with dementia, but also for their carers. Narrative data from medical students at Penn State College of Medicine who participated in TimeSlips at a local retirement community are shared.


Narrative medicine Dementia Medical education Arts in health Medical humanities 



I thank Joel Kroft of Country Meadows for partnering in this collaborative endeavor.

Competing interests

There are no competing interests.




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesPenn State College of MedicineHersheyUSA

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