Our Hunger For Stories

Video game designer and writer James Wallis on how — if there is no story — we make one up.

Human beings like stories. Our brains have a natural affinity not only for enjoying narratives and learning from them, but also for creating them. In the same way that your mind sees an abstract pattern and resolves it into a face, your imagination sees a pattern of events and resolves it into a story.

In his book, The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall writes:

Our hunger for meaningful patterns translates into a hunger for story. … In the same way that your mind sees an abstract patter and resolves it into a face, your imagination sees a patter of events and resolves it into a story.