How Storytelling Brings Humans Closer
There are stories all around us, whether they’re told orally, written, filmed, photographed, or even painted. Have you ever thought about why it is that we tell stories constantly and have been doing it for millennia now?
Humans tell stories for survival in the literal and emotional sense. Without stories, humans can not find connections with each other.
The History of Storytelling
From the time that humans lived primitively in caves, we’ve been telling stories and communicating about the way that we experience life. Perhaps the earliest stories that just about everyone knows of are the Greek legends of their gods, deities, kingdoms, warriors, battles, and demigods. The age-old stories of the heroes and their conquests are consumed popularly even today.
We then saw the influence of Renaissance development in literature, with Shakespeare emerging as perhaps the greatest playwright of all time, as well as the creation of new prose forms: the novel and short story.
Since then, we’ve moved on to using audio and visual methods to tell stories, but the written word has never been bested. We still use language as one of the most important tools of storytelling today.
The Psychology of Storytelling
With huge amounts of media being produced every single day, it’s important that we think about why storytelling has survived all these years. Why have humans been compelled to document their own existence and tell other humans about it?
Psychology offers us some clarity on this. We tell even the most traumatic stories of our lives to people and bare our soul in the process because we need to connect with other humans. Stories about different experiences build empathy in other people—a fact that our minds are attuned to.
That’s why storytelling may never really die out. As long as humans have the ability to feel emotions about other people’s lives, storytelling will always act as a tool of connection.
Why There Will Always Be New Stories to Tell
There’s this idea that all the best stories have all been told already. However, I don’t think that’s an accurate assessment of how storytelling works. Themes like family, bravery, loyalty, and tragedy come up constantly. But the way that they manifest in our lives is vastly different, and those details will always make our stories worth telling.
With my own experience of writing a collection of memoirs and stories, I felt that I had experienced so much in life that linked me to my parents and their parents. This compelled me to write “Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories,” which explores my coming of age, the Vietnam war protests, my family lineage, my relationships with my parents, and more.
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