"... when a movie begins, the audience immediately starts looking for who the Main Character is, so they can take part in the story.
Give it to them. Make it clear. Make the Main Character's first appearance be a metaphor for the person he or she is, or an allegory for the journey he or she is about to undertake." - Dan Decker, The Anatomy of a Screenplay
So characters make a story.
And the making of a story can be very healthy, for us, characters, too!
Listen what Daniela O'Neill, professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo (hmm..do I know a story about this?) in Ontario, has to say.
"...[We have found] a relationship between math and specific storytelling skills. Kids who ranked highly on certain language skills at age 3 or 4 did better on a math test two years later."
O'Neill and Co. rounded up 48 Canadian kids who did not have learning disabilities and showed them "Frog Goes to Dinner," a 12-page picture-only book that shows a boy visiting a restaurant -- with his pet frog.
The amphib gets into a bucket of trouble. No duh! The tester gave each kid a puppet and asked him or her to describe the book's action to the puppet.
The brain circuits that help us move through the various parts of a story also help us look at the world from a logical, numerical, mathematical viewpoint.
More research has found yet another means of healing through storytelling. Jody Koenig Kellas of San Francisco State University and Valerie Manusov of the University of Washington conclude in their paper 'What's in a Story' that:
"The construction of narratives has been shown to assist sufferers of emotional or traumatic events - such as the ending of relationships - in making sense of and coming to terms with the event."