Historically, stories are a part of human nature. People have been telling narratives for centuries, orally and written, as a way of making sense of the world and relating to each other.
Generally speaking, it’s easier to recall fictitious stories and lyrics over dry, menial facts. There are a few reasons for this, apart from narratives being ingrained in society.
- Emotions are more easily remembered and recalled
- Relatability to characters helps create a bond
- Stories have a clear start, middle and end
So, what about love? Is it everything stories depict? Do we know when we’re really in love or if we’re experiencing infatuation or misattribution of arousal? That is where we begin playing with the brain.
What is Psychology?
In a small nutshell, the study of the human brain, consciousness, and experiences is psychology. While it’s still considered a relatively new science, there have been vast discoveries made in this field over the past several years.
Psychology is about behaviours: describing, explaining the why, predicting future actions, and controlling or changing it.
Psychologists and psychiatrists are not to be confused though. The latter are actually medical doctors who specialise in mental illnesses and might prescribe medications to patients.
Psychologists, however, cannot prescribe medications. They can diagnose emotional and mental disorders, and conduct testing and assessments of both emotional and cognitive operations. Their task is really about helping people understand, and offering treatments and therapies to aid in mental health.