Why role playing?
There are many papers and studies out there that point out this that and the other about the nature of the players and The Game. I have to find many that focus on what I believe to be one of the most critical and attractive aspects of role playing.
Role playing is one of the many guises under which story telling is realized.
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to activate our brains, and role-playing games do this incredibly well. When we tell stories—or experience them—our brains have to process language, the cause and effect of events, and also relate it to our own pre-existing experiences. While you're playing a role-playing game, your brain is firing on all cylinders.Role playing, or story telling, is one the manners in which we interpret, rationalize and come to understand our world.
So tell stories. Lots of stories.