I remember when I encountered a young woman who claimed to have seen a ghost. She worked in the Byward market in Ottawa, a furniture store, which she closed at the end of day. One night, upstairs, on the third floor, she saw a young man - a ghost - sitting down, looking tired in front of the electrical room. She didn't say anything to him. I think she told me that the male ghost vanished. The next morning, at the same location the ghost was sitting, the electrical room behind him caught fire. Did the fire in the electrical room create a field that affected her temporal lobe enough to give her an hallucination? Scientists say yes.
I was watching a video on evolution which started with single cell organisms that evolved into what would become human beings. Life seems to have happened by chance events that struck a chord of some kind. The part that interested me the most was when we got to Homo Erectus. That's the first hominid species that started to work in groups. Other hominids were lonely scavengers who worked singularly. Working in groups is very important because it's what allowed the human species to thrive. But then a really important point was made: communication. Apparently our tongues evolved to make finer sounds so that we could speak with each other. Speech! We needed to learn how to talk to each other so that we could work better as a single unit. From speech then comes stories. Oral storytelling was the first kind to stories and it probably had a huge communication function in our survival. This doc gave me another big clue as to how storytelling became an important part of being human.
When I learned about D.A.R.P.A.'s study: Brain on Story, I realized that the implications for self-growth and discovery could be huge. Even ground-breaking for some. Think about it: You're whole life is told to yourself as a story. If that's true, then the study indicates that you have deliberately left out pertinent details of events in order to have the story make sense to you. That's the crux of storytelling. You retell what happened to you in real life but you leave out details so that it fits your storyline. That's called the Make-Sense Protocol.
Now think about it in terms of growing as a person. If you want to change your perception in life then you need to change the story you've told yourself. In order to do that, you need to revisit the information you threw out. Life, also, gives you new information which in turn will change your narrative. What you have to make sure is that you change in a positive and healthy way. That means you're getting your needs met and bringing more of yourself in the world in a way at peace with your surroundings.
Growing as a person means changing the narrative and changing the narrative means letting new information in so that you can be more of who you are in the world. Now tell me, is exploring storytelling an important item on your list? It should! Also, get reading or viewing, it could change your life for the better!
Stories play big part in our lives. They inundate our culture in more ways than we can count. The most obvious would be TV and movies. Both are big business and most of us would agree that we couldn't live without the two. If not TV and movies, then comic books, music, novels and fairy tales. Stories have been around for a long time. They're part of being human. But for something that has been around for ages, you think we would understand how stories work. What makes a good story great? It's not that hard to figure out when you think about it.