Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Power of Reading Fiction

Perhaps it's due to the way movies and television programs portray bookworms, but people who like to read are often portrayed as socially awkward. While I could write an entire post dedicated to solely how wrong and irriatating these stereotypes are, I shall instead share an article I found recently. A recent study shows that reading fiction can actually improve your social skills, as opposed to most notions of social roles.

Introversion expert Susan Cain explains why:
This could of course be correlation rather than causation--maybe the kind of person who likes fiction is more empathic to start with--but the researchers think not. They believe that there's something about exposure to fiction--the direct immersion in another person's mind and body--that stimulates our empathic muscles.
So while it's entirely possible for fiction lovers to be shy and appear to lack some social skills, it's also possible that they've developed a great ability to empathize with others that isn't entirely apparent. If you're a bit shy and love to read fiction, the good news is that you might be more socially adept than you realize.

How Reading Fiction Can Improve Your Social SkillsHow Reading Improves Your Social Life | Psychology Today


  1. I've always loved reading, I'm glad to see that something good might be coming from it :)

  2. Agreed! I myself love to read as well, hence my interest in the article. I wasn't aware that it could have such a positive impact on behavior.