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Would Fiction have Saved Wall Street?

I’m always on the lookout for articles or essays about reading, books, libraries; I often use them as the basis for this blog. I just came across one in which the author makes the case that reading novels sharpens business skills.

His point is that reading fiction leads to understanding people better; fiction presents a range of circumstances, interactions, and characters that one is likely to meet in the real world and enhances the ability to empathize with others. He quotes from a study that concluded fiction readers scored better at interpreting facial expressions and social cues than those who read mostly nonfiction.

Hmmm…..or is it that those who are already more socially adept read more fiction? In any case, I agree with the conclusion that “it would be an oversimplification to say that having more fiction readers on Wall Street would have prevented the financial crisis.”

I’m just going to continue to read whatever catches my attention, fiction and nonfiction, and not try to analyze my choices.

Just read…..come visit soon.

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Comments

it's so fascinating to me that studies show reading fiction helps to expand our circle of empathy, which clearly was part of the problem with the financial crisis. Reading to really young kids is where it all starts, which is why I'm proud of our library for doing it.

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