On Immersive Storytelling

The classification of humans into the category of “storytelling animals” was popularized by mythographer Joseph Campbell (the brilliant author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, who mentored George Lucas during the making of Star Wars), and before him by the father of psychotherapy, Carl Jung. Clearly, we are much more than storytelling creatures, but …

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An Epicurean Approach to Secularizing Rites of Passage

The near-universal presence of rites of passage in almost every human culture is a strong sign that these rites serve an important psychological and social function, helping communities to understand, encourage, and celebrate the roles of their members. These rites also discourage actions and attitudes that go against right behavior, helping individuals understand their role …

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