The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall Into the Woods by John Yorke The Triumph of Narrative. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know. Now Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.

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If you’re a breadth reader and a fan of reading, 4-star it and share a few tidbits at the next cocktail party where many stories are unfolding you attend. How stories are told has changed over time, from a group of hunter-gatherers listening to a storyteller around a fire to online role-playing games, but they’re all stories. None of this is to say that the book isn’t good or worthwhile.

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

The author’s foundation belief is that “we are, as a species, addicted to story. I was reading this with a specific purpose in mind, looking for more resources for my upcoming storytelling class. We are ajimal in it! We know we are master shapers of story.

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

The subject of the book -that we live in an essentially fictional world of fabulation, misrepresentation, self-deception, duplicity, daydreaming, mythmaking and myth consumption- has momentous implications for things as abstract as the philosophical concept of truth or the purpose of national narratives to basic concrete applications such as the legal system’s reliance on witness accounts.


We don’t like randomness.

Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Feb 16, Andrea McDowell rated it it was amazing Shelves: It did not take long before the world became unbearably violent, and animals were killing and eating each other. Every being she imagined and made come alive through anmial magical frog kissing procedure seemed to need something else, and her garden grew wilder and wilder, and more and more complicated. What a weird book.

Some stories promote greater racial understanding or greater wariness of authoritarianism, such as To Kill a Mockingbird or Animal Farm or Darkness at Gotschall.

This is the kind of prose that perpetuates pseudo science and falsehoods. In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first Humans live in thf of make-believe.

Not only is the book short on insight and useful or innovative conclusions, it is written in the typical pop science style of endless repetition, entertaining but obvious exemplar anecdote and gottsxhall tone of the schoolmaster.

Let’s hope, in the case of this writer, it ends with the words, “And he lived happily ever after. They withdrew into different corners of the garden and began to collect armies of frogs for warfare.

Return to Book Page. According to the psychologist Shelley Taylor, a healthy mind tells itself flattering lies. Gottschall’s book unlocked something in me.


It started a little slow, and I could have done without the preachy bits at the end, but I loved everything in between. But the Storyteller felt her heart break, her stomach turn, her head burst. Gottschall romps through a huge range of psychology, evolutionary theory, anthropology, media studies, and even the sociology of online multi-player gaming communities in spin Xtorytelling I could give a book thr six-star rating, I’d probably give it to this book. The reason i gave only 3 stars: It reads much like the primitive “research papers” that my fellow students and I were forced to write in high school.

This book is that king. It’s so badly written that I cannot recommend it, I cannot quote it, and I certainly couldn’t be bothered wasting another hour of my life slogging through it. Refresh and try again. The “ink people” metaphor isn’t misleading or dishonest in any way, it just doesn’t say much of anything.

At the level of individuals, he analyzes the role of our addiction to made-up stories in writing the history of our own lives. Also, the author was unable to be even-handed about topics with which he had a problem, such as religion. It is an age when most of us know hundred of these poems by heart.