Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

For hours after the incident, Lewis was stuck. He kept replaying the image of Frankenstein’s face in his mind. “Mom, remember Frankenstein?” he asked over and over again.  (NPR, All Things Considered, 2014) 

Write Your Own Fairytale

One definition of what separates us from other species is our ability to construct narratives from our random thoughts, memories, and imaginings. We are a species of storytellers. […] One common thread in the research is that stories help us make sense of our lives.  (Psychology Today, 2017)

Becoming Oneself

Jung believed that a productive part of the therapeutic process could involve expressing inner thoughts and feelings in symbolic concrete forms. He believed that one could access, summon, give voice to, get at, get a grasp on, unearth, excavate, incarnate, and express certain contents of one’s unconscious through artistic play. (Eric Miller, 2016)

The Psychology of What Makes a Good Story

Western scientific and philosophical worldview has been largely concerned with the question of how to know truth, whereas storytellers are concerned with the question of how to endow experience with meaning — (Brain Pickings, 2016)

We Need New Fairy Stories and Folk Tales to Guide Us Out of Today’s Dark Woods

Folk tales emerge in times of upheaval, and from societies’ grimmest moments. They enable us to process and assimilate extreme experience, and deal with our fears.  (The Guardian, 2017)

The Lasting Power of Oral Traditions

But oral traditions have not disappeared. Their settings may change, but their power and use remain. The image of an oral telling may be caught on paper, film or in digital format, but recordings are not the word shared live. The presence of teller and audience, and the immediacy of the moment are not fully captured by any form of technology. (The Guardian, 2010)

Traditional Storytelling

Storytelling traditions vary all over the world, yet have many things in common. […] Many people today are rediscovering the pleasures of telling stories, after their culture has lost most of its traditional storytelling, yet cannot easily find out much about the countless millennia of oral traditions with all their wisdom and techniques. (Tim Sheppard, 2012)

8 Female Surrealists Who Are Not Frida Kahlo

Surrealism’s legacy included a model for creative practices that encouraged many women to adapt its principles in their search to link artistic self-identity to the realities of gender and female sexuality. (Artsy, 2016)

Surrealism (MoMA)

Many of the tenets of Surrealism, including an emphasis on automatism, experimental uses of language, and found objects, had been present to some degree in the Dada movement, […] Surrealists systematized these strategies within the framework of psychologist Sigmund Freud’s theories… (MoMA)

The Storyteller: Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskov’

Less and less frequently do we encounter people with the ability to tell a tale properly. […] It is as if something that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions, were taken from us: the ability to exchange experiences. (Illuminations, 1936)

The Nature of Experience

When I press her and ask about my father, she’s quick to reply that although she knew him all her life, there was always a distance, a strangeness; you couldn’t really call it a marriage because there was no intimacy. ” I’ve always been alone. I never maried.” (Community Works Journal, 2006)

A Fairy Tale is More Than A Fairy Tale

Fairy tales are informed by a human disposition to action – to transform the world and make it more adaptable to human needs while we try to change and make ourselves fit for the world. (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Where Do Fairytales Come From?

The genre belongs in the general realm of folklore, and many fairy tales are called ‘folk tales’, and are attributed to oral tradition, and considered anonymous and popular in the sense of originating not among an elite, but among the Volk. (BBC Culture, 2014)


Trish Denton Cultivates Hybrid Storytelling With Parallel Narratives

By Rachel Elizabeth Jones

Reviewing Denton’s research, participants are then invited to consider what does or doesn’t resonate with them and which elements, if any, they might like to integrate into their parallel narrative. Denton described this as a mashup process, an intuitive mixing of personal history with myth and metaphor, both pre-existing and invented.

Seven Days, 2018