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Reading Fiction Can Make You More Empathetic

Reading Fiction Can Make You More Empathetic | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Fiction as an empathy workout. What makes bookworms such bleeding hearts? A new study led by P. Matthijs Bal of VU University in the Netherlands finds that readers who emotionally immerse themselves with written fiction for weeklong periods can help boost their empathetic skills.

 

The researchers discovered this by having university students read either fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and José Saramago or items from a newspaper. Gauging the participants' empathetic abilities and self-reported emotions before and after such reading sessions, they found that the fiction readers got more of an emotional workout than the nonfiction readers. And they became noticeably more empathetic after a week of such experiments.

 

DAVID WAGNER

 

 


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Scott Swain's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:32 PM

Being a book nerd since 4 months old when mom put books in her vagina, I love hearing stuff like this!

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy equally effective across multiple anxiety disorders, study suggests

Cognitive-behavioral therapy equally effective across multiple anxiety disorders, study suggests | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Whether it is a phobia like a fear of flying, public speaking or spiders, or a diagnosis such as obsessive compulsive disorder, new research finds one set of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment works across all anxiety disorders.


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Step Inside the Real World of Compulsive Hoarders: Scientific American

Step Inside the Real World of Compulsive Hoarders: Scientific American | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Recent research has changed the way clinicians treat hoarding as well as refuted popular assumptions about people with excessive clutter
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