Children use storytelling to help them organize thoughts and feelings about the world. The most important stories are those that incorporate cultural and religious myths. By identifying with the characters in the stories, young children vicariously experience moral conflicts and solutions that will have great relevance later in life. Adult belief systems, especially those concerning religion and spirituality, contain significant remnants of the stories these adults heard and read while growing up. (Boyatzis, C. J. “Religious and spiritual development in childhood.” Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. NY:Guilford, 2005)

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