Science Says Picturing Yourself In The Books You Read Makes You Smarter
I must admit, I pulled that title out of my a**. It’s 100% a total and complete lie.
Up until the age of about 15, getting me to sit down and read a book was like pulling teeth. I hated sitting still for long periods of time and often found myself losing focus. Have you ever had to re-read a page five times? It’s not fun.
It wasn’t until I read Pride and Prejudice that I found my love for reading. I became so enthralled with the story and found myself staying up thru the wee hours of the night to get a few chapters in. After discussing my newfound love for reading with my friends, I found that I read in a (what they refer to as) “very odd” way.
When I read a book (especially from a female perspective), I always picture myself to be the character in question. I’m not sure if this makes me sound narcissistic and self-absorbed, but it’s the way I’ve found allows me to enjoy a book the most! It’s like jumping into the book and out of this world – a sweet escape. That’s the reason a lot of us read novels to begin with, right?
Since that time, I’ve asked people if they read in the same manner that I do. I have not received the answers I want, and have been met with a resounding no. I’m convinced a handful of them lied, perhaps too embarrassed to admit it.
Like, COME ON, there is absolutely NO way a woman can read 50 Shades of Grey without picturing herself as Ana. If that’s only me, I need to take a long and hard look in the mirror.
The next time you sit down to read your bookKINDLE, I urge you to read like me. It will bring about more fascination – and you’ll find yourself wanting to continue with the story to see what happens to you (err, the character).