Wired for Story

We’re wired for story.

In a culture of scarcity and perfectionism, there’s a surprisingly simple reason we want to own, integrate, and share our stories of struggle. We do this because we feel the most alive when we’re connecting with others and being brave with our stories — it’s in our biology. The idea of storytelling has become ubiquitous. It’s a platform for everything from creative movements to marketing strategies. But the idea that we’re “wired for story” is more than a catchy phrase. Neuroeconomist Paul Zak has found that hearing a story — a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end — causes our brains to release cortisol and oxytocin. These chemicals trigger the uniquely human abilities to connect, empathize, and make meaning. Story is literally in our DNA.

— BrenĂ© Brown, Rising Strong, p.6

2 Responses to “Wired for Story”

  1. Charles says:

    I am listening to Rising Strong now, and find it very helpful, especially her discussion of “the story I’m making up”.

  2. Administrator says:

    I like that part, too. And it was specifically helpful while I was reading the book — a specific little thing came up that I found I was still angry about regarding my marriage. So I got to thinking what story I was telling myself about it….

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