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How Reading Fiction Can Improve Your Social Skills


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. Interestingly enough, a new study shows that reading fiction can actually improve your social skills. Here’s why.

Susan Cain, and expert on introversion, elaborates:

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.

(via fuckyeahcarmen)

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Dealing with Approach Anxiety

“Popular cures for Frozen Guy/Girl Behavior…[aren’t] based on awakening people to action, but on seeking to avoid that feeling of fear. Avoiding fear is profitable business. People spend wads of cash trying to drink the courage they think they need to talk to people in a bar.

The message is simple: feel fear, and do it anyway. Easier said than done but I’m going to give it a shot!

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