"Telling a story, and hearing one, is like jumping on a train. A story is about creating what's possible in the world, about taking action, not about being a passive receiver of events. Stories tell you that you can shape the narrative of your life. It's a way of being in the world." Joey Xanders, Artistic Director of The Moth
1. Through stories we can benefit from other peoples' experiences. "Stories the world over are almost always about people with problems," writes Jonathan Gottschall in The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. We can reap the benefits of engaging with an emotional journey without having to actually go through it ourselves. Stories "are simulated experiments in people-physics," according to Jag Bhalla on Scientific American blog, "freeing us from the limits of our own direct experience."
by Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP
But when I started making a concerted effort to be a better storyteller, I began aiming to live a more "story-worthy" life. That is, I sought to live more heroically."
Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP is a trainer/consultant and writer/performer. She is host and creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS storytelling slam.