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The Science Behind Storytelling

The Science Behind Storytelling

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Hardwired for Stories

We love to tell and listen to stories. The 'Story Narrative' is hardwired in us, as we think and remember in stories.

A strong narrative can be the difference between success and failure.

Creative Problem Solving

Human beings are able to creatively solve problems, alone or in a group. This has given rise to many inventions, shaping common goals shared by a group of people.

We needed a 'sticky' idea to spread it among people, and the story narrative is exactly that.

Relating To The Characters

Stories cater to our Ego. A listener puts himself in the shoes of the protagonist of a story, and an idea is given emotional heft and sturdiness.

The more we are able to relate to the central character, the more engaging, effective and memorable a story narrative becomes.

Story Structure

We respond most powerfully to stories that follow a particular setup, or structure:

  • In this setup, the main character has a clear goal, backed by a clear motive. There are obstacles and blockages.
  • There is a struggle, there are other characters added to the mix, and t...

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