The Word Thief

Liz Gulliford

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Once upon a time there was a very deep forest filled with many kinds of tree. The trees were very beautiful and on each tree lots of words grew. The people of the village loved the trees. They loved to climb the trees, they loved to lie in the shade of the trees when it was hot, and they loved the fruits of the trees-words-because they used these words to talk to one other. People understood each other. They were happy because they could use the words to do special things. They used the words to write stories which delighted them, and they used the words to tell people that they loved them, and they used the words to learn. Sometimes they used the words when they were angry, but they could use other words to say they were sorry too.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDual-Process Theories in Moral Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Approaches to Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Considerations
EditorsCordula Brand
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-12053-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-658-12052-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Moral psychology
  • dual-process theories
  • gratitude
  • forgiveness
  • ethics


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