Fear is … a kind of unintentional storytelling that we are all born knowing how to do.

Karen Thompson Walker

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“What Fear Can Teach Us.” TEDGlobal 2012. Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "What Fear Can Teach Us." TEDGlobal 2012. Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by fiction writer Karen Thompson Walker means that like storytelling, fear is a function of our imagination; it is also an instinct. Says Walker, fears have many of the same qualities of stories, such as characters, plot, imagery, suspense. They also focus on the question: what will happen next? This quote is from Walker's 2012 TED Talk about fear's useful function of propelling our imaginations. Watch the full TED Talk here: Karen Thompson Walker - What Fear Can Teach Us