FREEDOM: to change and spin your own heroic narrative

2 09 2014

“These are damaged people. They’ve done amazing things. And they’ve done it all, as far as I can see, as a result of their struggles with madness. None of them were sectioned. None received, or even sought, psychiatric help. Instead, their storytelling brains wove heroic narratives that explained away the collapse of their identities even as they were taking place. Their confabulations were so credible to them that they metamorphosed into different selves. And then, in their own small ways, they went on to change the world.” – Will Storr

http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/how-a-hero-narrative-can-transform-the-self/

In October, Will Storr is teaching a course for writers on the science of storytelling, in London. Details are available here.