Why do we tell stories?

by becomingbethany

Last night I had some friends over for a party.  We ate and played Taboo for a while and enjoyed ourselves.  And then we began swapping stories.  Our own stories, our parents’ stories, stories we had heard from other friends, probably even a few urban legends.  It was really fun hearing stories.  After a couple hours of that I started wondering why we tell stories.  Why do we share stories?  Why do we find enjoyment in hearing other people’s stories?  From the time that we are small children, we ask for stories.  In every culture that I have ever observed, storytelling is important.  What is so human about telling stories?