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The Case for Reading Fiction

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When hiring, managers look for hard-to-define or quantify skillsets in employees, like self-discipline, creative problem-solving, empathy, flexibility, rational judgement, and kindness.

And recent research suggests consuming literary fiction develops critical thinking, emotional intelligence and empathy in readers.

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The Case for Reading Fiction

The Case for Reading Fiction

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Read To Be Hired

When hiring, managers look for hard-to-define or quantify skillsets in employees, like self-discipline, creative problem-solving, empathy, flexibility, rational judgement, and kindness.

And recent research suggests consuming literary fiction develops critical thinking, emotional intelligence and empathy in readers.

The Readers of Fiction

Top business leaders and CEOs usually recommend non-fiction books, however, studies point towards fiction as an effective way to enhance the brain's ability to keep an open mind while processing information, leading to effective decision making.

Non-readers often jump to conclusions, but the ones who invest in reading are more thoughtful, creative and comfortable with competing narratives and contradictory information.

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Finding the time for books

To give books the attention and time it deserves in your life, you need to make it a higher priority. It means you have to change your habits and routines to allow more reading.

Sometimes, your reading needs only a little encouragement to displace something that should be lower down on your list. For example, to forgo watching television and reading a book instead.

The reading habit: Succeeding long-term
  • First consider why you want to read more books. Reading should be enjoyable for you because you find them entertaining, calming, stimulating, and fascinating. Once the habit is set, you can also read other things you "should" read.
  • Change your surroundings to make it easier for you to grab a book. Reading apps can be prominent on your phone. Physical books should be in places that you most often frequent.
  • Create modest reading goals. Permit yourself to start with reading one page a day. Once the habit is established, you can increase it.
  • Once you have laid the foundation for your new reading habit, create an action association, such as reading on the train to work or with your mid-morning coffee or dinner.

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While research has shown that nontraditional social strategies, such as reading a book or watching movies, can substitute for spending time with your loved ones, there is evidence that the traditional social strategies still hold actually the key to longer-lasting happiness. 

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Whenever we are not able to meet our friends or family for a long period of time, we tend to feel nostalgic for those moments of togetherness that have just become even more precious. 

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The Lost Art Of Reading

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Reading In The Digital Age

New readers, especially children have reduced deep-reading skills.

Digital media is consumed differently in a 'skimming' time-bound way, as opposed to the profound, thoughtful reading associated with print books.

People have become addicted to digital devices, as the content they see and read may not be deep and immersive, but is engaging and conversation like, rendering it more alive than the printed word.

Rewiring The Brain

The Internet is training our brain to adapt and work differently than in the last century, as the changing technological landscape requires different cognitive skills.

The new digital mediums mostly do not have the quality, as most of the stuff online seems uninteresting, but it has the quantity, making it even more discordant and chaotic.

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Normally managers put an emphasis on having a written meeting agenda prior to a meeting.

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A Question-Based Approach

By having a question-based approach as opposed to topics, participants begin to think and act differently, marching towards the true intent of the being together, with intention.

    Specific and Challenging Questions

    Agenda questions can be molded to be like goals for the employees, to get them on their feet, energizing them and focusing their attention.

    Group goals promote group performance, and specific goals are much better than vague goals. The meeting questions, formed as goals, need to be challenging but not outlandish.

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    “The factor that most strongly determined reading speed was word-identification ability.”

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    Make a reading list

    Do a bit of research if you don’t know where to start or if your previous choices of authors have been uninspiring. 

    Create a list with exciting books and stories – just don’t overdo it. Anything beyond 20 books for an entire year could be too overwhelming if you’re just getting started as a dedicated reader.

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    Many researchers acknowledge the role that science fiction has played in triggering their interest in science and inspiring breakthroughs. Even technology companies increasingly employ science fiction artists to explore potential new technologies and their social impact – also known as science fiction prototyping.

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    Benefits of the theory of the mind

    In our daily interactions with other people, it is important to be able to understand their mental states and to think about how those mental states might influence their actions.
    The theory of the mind helps us understand how people think, predict their behavior and solve interpersonal conflicts.

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    4. The understanding that people can hold false beliefs about the world.
    5. The understanding that people can have hidden emotions, or that they may act one way while feeling another way.

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    How to fit in more reading

    We often struggle to find time to read. That's why we need to start small.

    • Read five pages of a book that interests you every day. When you are comfortable with five pages, try ten, then twenty.
    • The book should interest you. Reading a book of your choice makes the activity a pleasure to look forward to.
    • It helps to keep the book, audiobook app, or e-reader on you. Then, when you have some downtime, you can read instead of playing a smartphone game.
    Audiobooks

    Research found that audiobooks stimulate the brain differently but just as deeply as reading.

    With print books, you need to provide the voice, imagine the tune and rhythm of speech, the intonation, stress of syllables, and so on. All this gets provided for you when listening to audio. With audiobooks, you're using different methods to decode and understand it. But it still deeply impacts your thoughts and feelings.

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