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 was closing at the end of day. Upstairs, on the third floor, she saw a young man - a ghost - sitting down, looking tired. She didn't say anything to him. I can't remember if she told me if the male ghost vanished. The next morning, at the same location the ghost was sitting, the electrical room behind him caught fire. Did the electromagnetic field affect her temporal lobe enough to give her an hallucination?
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!
I've always wondered why Hollywood movies seem the same. I'm not the only one who thinks this, I know, most people around me acknowledge that the stories from Hollywood are very much alike. But, at the same time, we choose to see them each year and love them. We talk about it. Write about it. We even cosplay about it. Just take a look at the trailer for Ridley Scott's, Alien Covenant. The film doesn't look much different than from any previous sci-fi thriller, but it's not the same either. There's enough new material to draw fans in by the millions. I think Hollywood has a winning formula of being the same, but different. And I think it has to do with mass psychology. We need it to be this way because we wouldn't enjoy it otherwise.