Read more fiction.
As it turns out, I’m not biased. Well, maybe a little. In the November issue of “Scientific American,” author and researcher Keith Oatley describes what reading fiction does for our minds and souls:
You can’t read Oatley’s entire article unless you subscribe, but that’s the gist of what he says.
I run a PR firm, so it makes sense for to require my team to read everything from news and blogs to fiction and poetry. During interviews, we ask job applicants what they read.
We learn a lot about people when we find out what kinds of books they read (Steven King or Ayn Rand?). We learn a lot about what kind of person they are, and even better, what kind of writing they’ll do for us.
You don’t have to work in a creative field for reading fiction to make business sense.
During the past decade or so, Oatley and other academic researchers showed how reading fiction helps a person better understand human emotion, which improves social skills.