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I had an "a-ha" moment about this tendency a few evenings ago, that this need to predict apparently extends to how I read books and watch movies. I never really thought about that before.
I had just finished a novel and my husband asked how I liked it. I told him I thought it was good, but that of all the things I imagined in my mind would happen in the book, some did, but most did not. And for once, I thought the plot twists I imagined would have been better than what was actually written. And then I asked him if that ever happened to him when reading a book.
Well, basically he answered by saying that isn't how he reads books. He just reads them--and lets the story unfold without trying to predict the outcome. He said that he prefers to immerse himself in the narrative and let it flow over him rather than attempting to clinically dissect it as an external observer. If something doesn't make sense right away, that's okay, because if it's important, it will eventually.
Really? That was the "a-ha" for me. Not every one tries to figure things out ahead of time. I can barely fathom it.
So now I am curious. When reading a book, watching a movie, do you try to predict what will happen, or do you go with the flow?