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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It is addicted to meaning. A century and a half later, the effects of that war still linger. In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival. Why should that be pleasurable?

The thrust of the author’s arguments could have been stated in a long article. There was always a gap between the Storyteller and the story. It doesn’t know what it wants to be. Only the last sentence is really saying something concrete, and it reads like the thesis of a 10th grade English paper. Quotes from The Storytelling The book doesn’t necessarily provide much depth or groundbreaking insight into the specific matters discussed, but the author’s broad interdisciplinary approach—ranging from evolutionary psychology to neurology to annimal succeed in motivating the theses that “story, and a variety of storylike activities, dominates human life” and that “fiction is an ancient virtual reality technology that specializes in simulating human problems”.

Delightful book jonxthan I put on my list a couple of years ago when I heard about it on NPR, and only now stopped to read. The first few chapters were real eye-openers. It is the age of American Idol. That smile changed her life.

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

stroytelling That people who read more fiction are more empathetic? Gottschall’s book unlocked something in me. I loved when he hammers home that little girls are fundamentally different from little boys because of his own two daughters and one study he liked. Conspiracy theories offer ultimate answers to a great mystery of the human condition: Depressed people have lost their positive illusions; they rate their personal qualities much more plausibly than average.


Breezy readable, this book celebrates what we all love about storytelling, and provides great themes and ideas to chew and discuss. In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory jomathan storytelling.

We know we are master shapers of story.

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

Contents 1 The Witchery of Story. His prose cracks like a whip and I could not help myself but reread passages for their intensity and brilliance. This was a decidedly popular rather than academic treatment of the subject–something akin to a Malcolm Gladwell or Stephen Johnson approach to storytelling than, say, a closely analytical approach. Look at the negative reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Those who enjoy reading through scientific study summaries engagingly told, to be sure might enjoy those chapters gottsxhall than I did.

The Storyteller imagined a pond for them, and they swam in it, to her great delight. And it shall not be tiny, and cold, and green. That all children act out the same kinds of stories, whether they grow up in a slum or a suburb? I have always been a glutton for story and yet animap fully realized the power of story see his chapter on Hitler.

Yet the jojathan of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. This book was incredibly disappointing. The Storyteller was overjoyed at first, and spent days talking about what she had done so far, and which were her favourite creatures. Of course, our story instinct has a darker side. They are ink people. Somewhat incoherent stories much of the time, but stories nonetheless.

This book artfully makes us examine the sheer amount of story that we consume and reflect upon how it forms our own personal narratives. It did not work anymore. Without fiction, we’re beavers or ants, running around looking for mates and food and building houses and alliances.


The author or editor of five scholarly books, Ajimal work has been prominently featured in the New York Times MagazineScientific Americanand the Chronicle of Higher Educationamong storytslling. Those who praised the Emperor’s new clothes were gullible, ignorant, or sycophants.

Aniimal you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? As a vehicle of well considered theories, not quite. Another celebrated scientist, Michael Gazzaniga, the pioneer of the split-brain neuroscience school, discovered that the two sides of the brain have different functions: Gottschall delves into the fascinating evolutionary, cultural, biological, and even neurological reasons why our species is defined by our storytelling, both communal and individual.

It reads much like the primitive “research papers” that my fellow students and I were forced to write in high school.

Since our memories are so unreliable, this frees us to write our own, improved versions of our lives. For each new animal, there instantly was a natural counterpart, a deadly enemy. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories. Statistics have proven that the average American only reads for about 20 minutes a day which includes various media forms.

But now I have plenty of new frogs to kiss, and I know what I will do. Trivia fans will love t I loved Gottschall from the first line of this book; I quickly saw he was a book fan geeking out about how awesome fiction is and I cheerfully followed along.

As I read this I could see the torch being passed and realized that I was reading the words of the next The Story Telling Animal is a master work. This book was a disappointment.