ARISTOTLE WAS WRONG: STORY AND THE MIND
Why do we tell stories? In his treatise, Poetics, written in 335 BCE, Aristotle postulated the answer is to achieve catharsis, or a sort of emotional purging, helping us to rid ourselves of excessive emotions. The Art Of Story suggests a different reason–stories offer us powerful emotional experiences that either validate our existing values or challenge the way we see the world. In other words, stories provide a mechanism for us to assign meaning to our experiences and the world around us.