Stories, with both happy and sad endings, teach resilience

Posted: December 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Seven Basic Plots proposed by journalist Christopher Booker. Briefly, these plots are: the Quest (think Lord of the Rings), Voyage and Return (Ulysses), Rags to Riches (Cinderella), Tragedy (King Lear), Comedy (Will Ferrell movie), Rebirth (The Ugly duckling, Shrek), and Overcoming the Monster (Star Wars’ Darth Vader).

Generally, all of the family story plots contribute to a sense of history and resilience in families. But when dealing with difficult times, families tell the “voyage and return” and “overcoming the monster” stories.

Source: What stories should you be telling kids this holiday season?

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