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This is your life (and how you tell it)

Researchers have found that the brain has a natural ability to create stories
?Seeing oneself as acting in a movie or a play is not merely fantasy or indulgence; it is fundamental to how people work out who it is they are, and may become?. Studies have shown that a person's narrative can influence the choices they make and the behaviour they engage in. For example, research at Columbia University found that people who took a third person perspective on remembering a humiliating event in their life, viewed themselves as having changed more since then.  Also, they were more sociable after the experiment  than those who were asked to take a first person perspective. This type of perspective taking can alter both the interpretation one makes of the past and also the representation one hold's about the future.  Other research has shown that  people tend to remember facts when they are presented in a story rather than in a list, and that this type of learning can provide a deeper knowledge of the material.  Other studies have shown that the way people explain events that have occurred in their lives plays an important role in their resilience.  Researchers have found that the most resilient people tend to see something meaningful arising from negative events.  For example, a person might say, ?If I hadn?t failed that exam I wouldn?t have changed careers and if hadn't changed careers I wouldn?t have met my wife?. In therapy those who saw a problem (e.g. depression or eating disorder) as an ?external force?, such as  a black dog or demon for example, and viewed it as something to be conquered, were less helpless than those who viewed it as something about their character.  ?Narrative themes are, as much as any other trait, driving factors in people's behaviour? To read more click here  
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