"We spin narratives about ourselves to make sense of who we are, and those narratives make us simultaneously the author, the narrator, and the protagonist of the story. We are the cacophony of our mental voices. We listen to them as well as utter them; they construct us through their incessant chatter." [our emphasis]
"We all have personal stories about who we are and what the world is like. These stories aren’t necessarily conscious, but they are the narratives by which we live our lives." Timothy Wilson. Psychologist, Professor UVA
We invite our visitors / users to the 'set' - the production stage where they are filming your story!
Let's start this drama with a few questions:
- Who wrote the screenplay?
- Who is the stage manager who gets to say who's on
stage at what particular time?
Most people don't have very clear answers to these
questions. Many might be confused by the first question:
Novelist Joan Didion offers a slightly different 'take.'
'We tell ourselves stories in order to survive.' The White Album
The challenge for us all is referenced by Wilson's observation
that our stories 'are not necessarily conscious.'
Staying with the stage and movie set metaphor, we call
mental activity that occurs beyond the 'conscious' mind,
Backstage action. There's a lot going on back there. It's
very important that we go find out what's happening.
David Eagleman, Stanford Psychologist and creator of the ground-
'The conscious you thinks that it is the captain of the ship,
but in truth it is nothing more than a stowaway.'
(It's OK to feel confused at this point.)