The psychology of storytelling is interesting as well as the self-explaining field. It elaborates all aspect how book reading and fictional character of stories leaves strong print on our mind. Psychology of storytelling explains a behavioral and physiological aspect of the human brain

There is a Narrative American proverb that says;

“The one who tells the stories, rule the world”.

Stories have the potential to be incredibly powerful. They can change how we are related to each other to change prejudice. So the potential of stories to produce is staggering.

Why stories are more powerful than you think- Psychology of storytelling?

If you read a research paper about any well-known books such as Harry potter which suggests that if you get people to read a couple of Harry Potter chapters. They will rate themselves higher than other people in their ability to potentially move something just using the power of their minds.

The people who read about vampires will believe that their teeth are slightly longer than other people in the community just as a result of having read a chapter of one or two of this book.

Psychologist calls this assimilation where the readers take on the qualities of a functional group. In terms of psychology, there are one or two things that story can do to us.

Facts about Psychology of Storytelling:

Transportation:  When the reader lost its real-world and gets lost in the imaginary world. We get the sense that we are finally immerse in the world that we are reading about. Stories have the potential to drag us in the imaginary world.

Identification: We start to almost feel, the things that are happening to fictional characters in stories are happening to us.

Researchers suggest that transportation and identification may be related to ability empathies with others.

Reading is not relaxation but you are building the world.  You are populating that world with cities.  And those cities are populating with people.

So although television, theater, film all have their place in the storytelling world but for some people moment of contact with books when you read a story and unlock it’s all secret nothing quits come close.

But what is happening in our brains- Psychology:

A neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge is looking at specific parts of our mind when we read stories. Their research has been on the meaning of individual words.

If you read the word jump you activate those areas of the brain which you activate when you do act as jumping.

The interesting question is that in this case is, if you read about somebody else is jumping why should you activate the brain of areas relate to jumping.

What is the mirror neuron Theory- Psychology?

One theory of the psychology of storytelling is to do with the mirror neuron

These are neurons that trigger our brain when we watch the actions of others.

Some scientists think mirrors neurons help create empathy and that’s might also be what’s happening when we read stories.

The proponents of stories tell us that when we immersing ourselves into a story is based on the mirror neuron system.

We might feel sad when we read about someone sad or smile when we read about someone happy.

Researchers are convince mirror neurons are part of the process. But it cannot be the whole story


It has found out when we connect the people who are not real but belong to fictional stories it forms a sort of social suggests for us.

It’s almost like they are a real person when they are not

And psychologist called this process a forming Parasocial Relationship

Forming a Parasocial Relationship:  This process makes us feel less lonely. And it can also buffer our mood and enhance self-esteem

We know that having a lot of friendships with other people when you are in a couple is a positive thing for the outcomes of that relationship.

But what is interesting that they don’t have to be real people.

If you are trying to change people’s opinions about controversial topics like same-sex marriage or immigration for example stories are a lot more effective in producing political change.

Research led by a psychologist in Loris Vezzali in Italy showed that children who read Harry Potter reduced their prejudice toward immigrants. Attitude toward stigmatized groups could be improve by reading Harry Potter but the only person is identified with Harry.

Children love stories. They also have a story to tell whether it’s about the weekend or what happened in the playground.

 And it’s such an important part of understanding the world around them and understanding themselves so stories can increase empathy, decrease loneliness and be very persuasive.


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