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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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.
Bibliotherapy is the practice of encouraging reading for its therapeutic effect.
This first use of this term dates back to 1916 from an article named A Literary Clinic. In the article, the author describes a "bibliopathic institute" where reading recommendations are dispensed. The books must do something to you. They may be a stimulant, sedative, an irritant or a soporific.
He’s increasingly an outlier. Even as global literacy rates are high (84%), people are reading less and less deeply.
The National Endowment for the Arts has found that “[r]eading has declined among every group of adult Americans,” and for the first time in American history, “less than half of the U.S. adult American population is reading literature.”
Literacy has been improving in countries like India and China, but that literacy may not translate into more or deeper reading.
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