Well if your intent is to describe your convoluted thoughts to others, perhaps story writing is not the best place to start. I have a tendency to do the same... try to take on more than I'm ready for and ended up abandoning it all when instead, I should start small. Forget about writing a novel... focus first on getting one idea down on paper... a one pager. Write many of those... Congruency can come later.The core therapeutic issue for me is social in nature. Writing stories for audiences is part of my self-socialization (as is organizing meet-ups, and going to dance lessons, volunteer work, and perhaps toastmasters or something along those lines).
I'm already decent and written communication of facts and theories, and even conscious emotion. The problem is, I have a hard time with bringing up emotions to the consciousness, and expressing "half-formed" concious ideas.
Stories are powerful reflections of the sub-concious, and communicating with an audience checks how "objectively" I have presented the content.
It all depends on the story. Have you ever done this? Become absorbed into a novel and imagine yourself as one of the characters in the tale? What would you do in that situation? What does your actions reflect in you as a person? That sort of self-introspection. Of cause you can equally focus on the story as a broad theme... human nature in general etc.Perhaps I am still too left brained to see this, but I don't believe it just self-introspection. I think when done well, stories tap into something transcendent.