The stories have an enormous importance in the intellectual and emotional development of the little ones. And of the older ones? Too. The stories can be, once again, the best way to discover ourselves within the world that surrounds us.
The stories have accompanied us throughout our childhood, making us dream, watching us grow. They have, without a doubt, an enormous importance in the intellectual and emotional development of the little ones. And of the older ones? Too. The stories can be, once again, the best way to discover ourselves within the world that surrounds us.
- Thanks to the stories, the little ones learn. Many things. Let’s see. For example, they stimulate your imagination, that is, your ability to create images. And, of course, with stories they foster their creativity while acquiring a richer, more accurate and deeper language.
- Stories also help us develop empathy and understand emotions. In turn, when we tell a story to a boy or a girl, emotional ties are strengthened. Between who tells and who listens, the subtle magic of compassion takes place, understood as the rhythm of two hearts in the future of the protagonists of the story that progresses. More. Not less important.
- The stories prepare us, in invented and safe scenarios, to live complex situations. And that allows us to better cope with fear, anger, grief, loss, joy, disgust And all within a controlled environment.
- Obviously, there is the issue of values, of differentiating and framing what is right and what is wrong. The moral, more or less implicit, has its function. Always. And what always has a children’s story is a happy ending. And that helps to believe in them. Namely that no matter how dark the situation is, there is hope to move on. To work for the universal right to live our own happy ending.
- That gives us the optimism, the desire and the necessary will not to give up, see more options than reality puts before us and if they are not, invent them, imagine them, create them with those tools that we talked about in the first lines. A virtuous circle in which, as children, we grow up.
STORIES IN ADULTS AS THERAPY
But what about us? With the elders? With those of us who are far from childhood? Well, it happens that stories can also help us tell things differently. Everything we have said is valid for any age. Anytime. And not only that.
The internal structure of stories can reveal the way when it appears complicated, impossible or invisible. How? In three steps. Introduction, middle and end, of course. Let’s see.
- Your problem in story form. Write, as if it were a story, what worries you, what you want to achieve or that you cannot, no matter how hard you try. It doesn’t have to have an ending. It is only the approach. That will allow you to distance yourself. Perspective.
- Analyze the protagonist. The protagonist or the protagonist of what you have written … who is being in the story? How is he behaving? What difficulties do you have? Yes, you are, of course, but having become a fiction it will be much easier for you to discover if you are acting well, badly or simply in a contradictory way.
- What ending to wish for? Once you have written about what worries you and who you are being in that story, ask yourself how you want this story to end. And then ask yourself who you need to be to get to that ending. A brave hero? A determined protagonist? Someone with humility, perhaps? You may need cunning, patience or what?
That, precisely, is the hidden secret that stories teach us. Because we can use them to be the authors and protagonists of our lives and not let that role be taken by others. So, let’s train with stories. Let’s read stories. Let’s write stories. The childhood that we carry within us, the one that believes in the infinite, the magical and the wonderful, will thank us.