Lately, the act of bearing witness has occurred to me as sacred and momentous. In my work with coaches, bearing witness can be an important coaching practice.
Kristi Pikiewicz, in Psychology Today, shares that bearing witness can “obtain empathy and support, lighten our emotional load via sharing it with the witness, and obtain catharsis.”
Conventionally, bearing witness is the process of observing, establishing, and honoring the experiences, stories, and histories of memories or events.
The graph below reveals that usage of the term bearing witness has waned since the rise of mass media and multiple, fragmented media.