Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 20 - Storytellers!

My family is full of enthusiastic storytellers.  When we narrate an incident, we describe it in detail, and we even do the voices and expressions and actions of the people we are talking about. (And we do it well.)  I don't think we can even tell a story in any other way.e

And on the listening end, since we have thriving imaginations, when we listen to a narration like this, we can easily picture the whole thing in our heads.  Because of the actions and the voices the narrator does, we have no trouble in imagining how exactly the incident occurred, who said what, and how, etc.

And since interesting stories and incidents are narrated again and again and again in all families, after a few years, we start believing we were there when a certain incident took place.  And the thing is, we believe it totally.  "Oh the look on his face was priceless!"  - we say with absolute sincerity.  And when pointed out that there was no way we could have seen any look on anybody's face because we could not have possibly been around at the time the incident occurred, we become confused, and worried, and we say, "But I was there, I was standing right here....."

It is a very disconcerting experience.  But you know what, I wouldn't have it any other way!


sumi said...

They call it 'false memory syndrome'in Psychology and I think each one of us fall prey to it at one time or another

Shruthi said...

Yeah, I've heard that :)

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