The Storytelling Animal

The Storytelling Animal

How Stories Make Us Human

eBook - 2012
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A NYTimes.com Editor's Choice A Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Finalist "A jaunty, insightful new book . . . [that] draws from disparate corners of history and science to celebrate our compulsion to storify everything around us."
-- New York Times

Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. Now Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life's complex social problems--just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal and explains how stories can change the world for the better. We know we are master shapers of story. The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.

"This is a quite wonderful book. It grips the reader with both stories and stories about the telling of stories, then pulls it all together to explain why storytelling is a fundamental human instinct."
--Edward O. Wilson

"Charms with anecdotes and examples . . . we have not left nor should we ever leave Neverland."-- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012
ISBN: 9780547644813
0547644817
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 248 p.) ill

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 14, 2017

The role of storytelling in play, art, dreams, psychotherapy, politics, and society as a whole. "The storytelling mind is a crucial evolutionary adaptation. It allows us to experience our lives as coherent, orderly, and meaningful. It is what makes life more than a blooming, buzzing confusion."

This is a fascinating look at the psychology and biology behind stories and how they shape our entire lives, right down to how you see yourself in photos versus a mirror. Recommended by Sarah

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Mar 08, 2014

Recommended in Future of Storytelling

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