Episode 15

Are emotions the culprit of our addiction to our narratives?

In our fifteen episode, our guests discuss the power of narratives.


Welcoming Our Guests

As the podcast host, Virginie Glaenzer paved the way for this conversation led by Aditi Khorana who leads a discussion on the power of narratives and how stories shape our understanding of the world.

Aditi Khorana is a former journalist who is the writer of novels: MIRROR IN THE SKY(Razorbill/Penguin, 2016)  and THE LIBRARY OF FATES. She spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark and New England. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount and Sony. The upcoming Library of Fates (July 2017) is feminist historical fantasy, set in ancient India, and tells the story of a louche, misogynistic dictator overthrowing an idyllic kingdom, and the women who fight to wrench it back from his hands.


Lisa Gill is an organizational self-management coach and Reimaginaire. She is an accredited trainer for Tuff Leadership Training. Lisa helps companies become self-managing entities. She facilitates leadership courses in a more adult-adult coaching style of leadership. Lisa also hosts the Leadermorphosis podcast, where she interviews thought leaders and practitioners from all walks of life. 


Jonathan Cook, Commercial culture researcher and consultant. Jonathan specializes in using immersive methods to uncover and explore the deep cultural patterns, emotional motivations, narrative structures, and ritual experiences that enable enduring value in an increasingly disconnected commercial culture. He hosts This Human Business, a podcast exploring the place for human experience in a world of commerce increasingly characterized by automation, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.


So how are emotions tied to our narratives and are those emotions to blame for our addiction to our stories?


Jonathan pointed out and our group agreed that “emotions are stories.”

The culprit in this relationship might be our attachment to those stories that turned into our identities, which we feel driven to protect.


The key is to recognize the false sense of security our familiar stories provide and summon the inner courage to give them up. The resulting sense of profound loss will enable us to embrace new narratives for our personal and collective future.


Only then, can we see storytelling more objectively - as a human tool with the power to bind people together and cultivate empathy for the greater good.


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