Can fairy tales help us understand reality?

Can fairy tales help us understand reality?

Fairy tales are an excellent tool to help the child develop a healthy concept of "complex reality". But what is meant by this expression? Why is it so important?

With "complex reality" in psychology it is indicated that the world, environments, people and events change constantly and are made up of an infinite series of contributing causes and nuances. Nothing and nobody is in "black and white"!

A balanced child is able to read and manage the complexity of reality naturally, behaving differently depending on the context or whoever is in front of him:

  • recognizes that there are different environments, people, moments and events, each with specific characteristics and specific needs;
  • based on what is in front of him, he adapts his behavior in a dynamic and flexible (ie complex) way;
  • it knows how to find more effective solutions to problems because it captures the various aspects;
  • he is able to relate more easily because he understands the point of view of others better, even when it is different from his own.

How can we use fairy tales to develop these skills?

Fairy tales, and children's stories in general, have the characteristic of proposing simplified events with respect to reality and usually well-characterized characters. This allows us to more easily accompany the child to a reflection on what happens and on the cause-effect relationship between events but also on the thoughts, emotions, hopes, opinions and actions of the protagonists.

Fairy tales are also an excellent tool to increase the vocabulary and to improve the narrative skills of the child. Regarding this, as Dr. Nicola Tomba explains to us: "When an individual is able to relate an episode in a realistic way, with great detail, reporting the facts in the right succession and describing the thoughts and emotions felt by himself and by others, is processing the experiences not with the deep centers of the brain, those that "react", which make us act instinctively and who are responsible for irrational behaviors, but with the cerebral cortex, that is, with the evolved part of the brain, that which allows a good analysis of reality and which makes us act in a healthy and balanced way ».

All these objectives are the basis of "L’inventafiabe", the educational game of the QUID + series dedicated to training the ability to tell the little ones with fairy tales. Starting from preschool age, the child can exercise his or her storytelling ability but also his imagination and, starting from fairy tales and fantastic worlds, gradually get to tell about himself, about what happens to him during the day and of one's inner worlds.

We can accompany our child to become more aware of the complexity and dynamism of reality and help him to develop greater balance both from a cognitive and psychological and behavioral point of view.

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