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This is an activity to help people tell great stories, based on “the hero’s journey,” This is important because the stories we tell can invest our lives with meaning and purpose.
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Again this activity is often quite powerful. The volunteers usually share quite powerful stories. Ask them why they think this activity worked well. It will be interesting to hear different theories.
After hearing and validating the participants’ ideas, you can tell them about the archetypes that transcend cultures, eras, and epochs. You can even analyze how this “hero’s journey” is present in Harry Potter, and other popular books and films that they probably know. Indeed, these narratives appeal to us precisely because they are universal!
And what do you do if this exercise didn’t work well? I guess you improvise! J Or, building on the lessons from previous activities on resilience, you learn from failures, and adopt the growth mindset!
This activity is based on the idea of the “Hero’s Journey,” a storytelling template that transcends cultures and nations. The late Joseph Campbell, an expert on myths, found that stories tend to follow the same pattern throughout all epochs and all places.
Campbell, The Hero’s Journey