by Mike Bundrant
(NaturalNews) Tell me who you are in 5 minutes or less. No rehearsing. No self-editing. No holding back. Just come out with your default life story in a nutshell.
Most people never consider their personal narrative, the story of their life as it currently rests somewhere deep within their psyche. However, evidence suggests that there may be no more powerful determinant of your experience, including how happy you are.
How stories affect your perception of the world around you
One study reported by scienceNOW demonstrated that the brain's sensory regions (parts of the brain active when we pay attention to the outside world) were inactive when subjects were listening to literal language. However, when listening to metaphorical language – stories that described the outside world – the brain's sensory regions activated.
In other words, metaphors and other stories are deeply woven into the fabric of human communication and appear to be enmeshed with how we perceive the world.
"When you become aware of your personal story," said Jake Eagle, co-founder of GreenPsychology.net, "you tap into the invisible force that quietly guides your worldview and the direction your life takes.… Read the rest