Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man (dreamstime.com)
Human beings are fascinated by stories. It’s part of our nature, as much as breathing, and our brain learns best through the telling of stories.
Simply put, we are born storytellers. We fashion a story about ourselves from the time we are born, if not earlier.
Our story contains an array of verbal, visual, and other felt sensory elements, in addition to a storyline that can endure a lifetime.
This storyline forms an inner dialogue of thoughts, a stream of consciousness, or ‘self-talk,’ that explains and interprets our life, self and situations – to others and to our own mind . We have an average of fifty to seventy thousand thoughts a day, most of which are repetitive in nature, and not conscious thinking, but rather under the control of the part of the mind that runs all the systems of the body that we don’t have to think about, often known as the ‘subconscious,’ ‘unconscious’ or ‘non-conscious’ mind.
Paradoxically, we are the creators of these running commentaries, and at the same time, the stories we fashion turn around to shape us and our lives in profound ways.