You can think of a narrative as a story we tell in our mind.
Julius Reade
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So narratives are the thoughts we think to ourselves based on a particular situation or event e.g. A beautiful sunset, a delicious hotdog, a recent rejection, that we spin into stories we tell ourselves. We come up with these thoughts based on our beliefs or subjective understanding of the situation. (Please correct or clarify if I’m wrong.)

And to stop the narratives do we simply stop thinking about them? Or is that too hard (since they are subconscious) and all we can really do is stop giving them any weight, and taking them seriously. I imagine a narrative like “I’m not thin enough” must be very crippling, so how does one live in the present if the belief they have is that they need to be thinner to be feel better or worthy?

I feel like living in the present, i.e. stopping these narratives, requires more energy and more thinking than not living in the present. I imagine that without these narratives, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves when the same harmful situation arises.

Would you say narratives are useful in any way? Do they give us reasons to continue, or allow us to understand our situation better?

I think I am quite interested in this concept, but I still find it confusing. Narratives sound very much like the ‘beliefs’ we hold. Thank you for taking the time to reply though.