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Author Topic: Why Do People Have To Tell Stories?  (Read 13448 times)
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« Reply #21: February 11, 2009, 12:32:51 am »

Presenting any set of facts, observations, or ideas as a story seems to make it more compelling for us humans, reaching us on a level mere recitation can't rival. That suggests to me that there's something deep in human psychology that predisposes us to storytelling/story appreciation.

I definitely agree that stories serve many uses.  The idea that stories aid memorization is particularly evident in Celtic cultures that didn't write things down.  They passed information down through the generations by using oral storytelling.

But there's also the element of fun.  Stories are fun.  That's why kids want to hear them at bedtime.  And that's why people tell ghost stories around the campfire.   Cool
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