It is said that narrative thought creates stories that are coherent of particular experiences, temporally structured and context sensitive (Baumeister & Newman, 1994).
On a day to day basis you take in millions of bits of data and in order to make sense of it all you literally develop your own daily story with all that data.
You are actually the biggest storyteller yourself.
This means you are already very accustomed to stories and therefore anything that comes your way in the form of a story, you will accept quite readily and weave that into your own story with its own characters, outcomes and timeframes.
Let’s take your trip to the gym. Some of you go daily, 3 times per week or just at the weekend and some of you may not have made it yet.
However, we all have a picture of what a gym looks like. Lots of exercise machines, weights etc., maybe a pool, a cafe and many other amenities.
When you think about going to the gym you almost certainly create a short story in your brain. You see yourself getting up, doing whatever you do, changing into your gym wear, travelling there and doing whatever you like doing the most and travelling back.
You may not include the travelling part, you may just see yourself doing the exercise. Just enough to get you motivated to follow through.
Everything you think about, well nearly everything, develops in the form of a story.
What have you been thinking about lately? Share your answer in the comments below.
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