The psychological foundations of the hero-ogre story

Human Nature Vol/Iss. 12 Published In Pages: 247-272
By Jobling, Ian


This article investigates the universality of the hero-ogre narrative. The author examines 20 hero-ogre stories from different cultures and proposes that the story reflects a human tendency to show a positive bias towards the self and a negative bias towards the out-group. The author also finds that a hero-ogre narrative occurs in 31 of the 44 (70 percent) cultures in the Probability Sample Files with information on folklore.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Probability Sample Files (PSF)

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