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Reading Can Change Your Personality

Reading changes the brain: When you "lose yourself" inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character.
When researchers examined what happened to people who, while reading a fictional story, found themselves feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own, they discovered that--in the right situations, experience-taking may lead to real changes, if only temporary, in the lives of readers.

In one experiment, for example, the researchers found that people who strongly identified with a fictional character who overcame obstacles to vote were significantly more likely to vote in a real election several days later.

This effect doesn't happen all the time--it only occurs when people are able, in a sense, to forget about themselves and their own self-concept and self-identity while reading. Researcher Geoff Kaufman says, "The more you’re reminded of your own personal identity, the less likely you’ll be able to take on a character's identity. You have to be able to take yourself out of the picture, and really lose yourself in the book in order to have this authentic experience of taking on a character’s identity."

Researcher Lisa Libby agrees and says, "(Reading) can be a powerful way to change our behavior and thoughts in meaningful and beneficial ways."

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i agree. we need to search out more great books. to teach us, give us adventures and entertainment, solace when necessary, a way to integrate our shadow selves with our personality. in order to become a more complete person.

Reading books like Communion, The Key and Solving the Communion Enigma changed MY personality because they made me realize I could keep my questions about life and the Visitors open--I don't have to rush to get the answers. Too often, that rush leads to the WRONG KIND of answers (usually found on other internet sites) about evil reptilians, etc., which obviously make no sense.

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