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Abstract Lindstedt, Klaus-J.

Our Brain a Story Processor

All human things “can only be understood” “in the light of evolution” and its consequences, cultural evolution. They include the products of the human imagination presented in fantasized, imagined, lived and transmitted stories.

Any attempt to create a framework for the development of drive impulses, basic emotions, defense mechanisms, ego-structural patterns of experience (master storylines), typical human conflict patterns, cognitive potentials, the development of a self, identity development, attachment capacity, intersubjective basic orientation, the formation of social networks, and cultural development, would have to begin there, i.e. with a developed and adapted human nature, a human body and brain that takes into account biologically founded motives, passions, and forms of cognition.

There’s simply no way to understand the human world without stories. They fill our newspapers, our law courts, our sporting arenas, our government debating chambers, our school playgrounds, our computer games, the lyrics to our songs, our private thoughts and public conversations and our waking and sleeping dreams. Stories are everywhere. Stories are us. It’s story that makes us human.

Our hyper-social brains are story processors, they are designed to control ourselves and an environment of other selves. Stories are the “glue”. Each psychotherapeutic work is work on history, lived, experienced, meaningful stories, creating new stories that influence the interpretation of past stories, as well as imaginable future plans. Stories are the power for change or stagnation and for peaceful or aggressive co-existence.

Lindstedt, Klaus-J.
Dr. med. Dipl. Soz.-Päd., Facharzt f. Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie
Psychoanalyse – Psychoonkologie

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