5 Reasons Stories Are Good for Us

5 Reasons Stories Are Good for Us

There are a number of reasons that we tell stories and love to hear them. For the most part, they’re entertaining and enjoyable. But stories serve a greater purpose than that and they can also be good for our own emotional health and development. Here are my top five reasons why.   1. Hearing Stories Can Increase our Levels of Empathy It has been scientifically shown that when watching a film we create empathy with the characters. Think of the last time you watched a creepy horror film and jumped throughout or when an action hero has reached a tense situation and you were on the edge of your seat. We build up an empathy with the characters because we have a perfect insight into their heads. We can hear their thoughts, experience their feelings and see their motivations. And through that knowledge, it’s hard not to develop empathy with a person (fictional or otherwise). But this goes one step further. By reading more or...
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The Metaphor in Fantastic Beasts

The Metaphor in Fantastic Beasts

  For anyone who hasn’t seen the film Fantastic Beasts, I’m about to spoil it. This isn’t a film review, there’s enough of those floating around. But what I do want to discuss is the concept of the obscurus which was key to the plot of the film. An obscurus is effectively a whole heap of dark energy that takes on a life force of its own and destroys everything in its wake. It’s created by a witch or wizard suppressing their magical abilities. Apparently, magic doesn’t really like being suppressed so this crazy darkness literally engulfs the suppressor (obscurial) and destroys everything in its wake. And the more emotional the witch or wizard is the worse the obscurus becomes. This is an insanely good metaphor for emotional health. Seriously. This is exactly what happens with people. They go through a thing, don’t want to deal with it and then when they are a little stressed out, boom, obscurus released. Or as most of...
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