There is a lot to be said for a good book.
Happy National Book Day on April 23!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love books! Reading is something I have loved since I was a kid – and I totally blame by librarian mom for that! I will read pretty much anything – and do! Of course, I have read a lot about psychology over the years, and it is important for me to keep up with the professional literature. But I also like to read books that clients recommend to get a glimpse of where they are coming from and what is on their mind. And, of course, there are a lot of books that I use in my practice on a regular basis. This is just a glimpse of the bookshelf in my office.
Reading is a great way to have people immerse themselves in an idea or an experience. And there are some amazing writers out there who say things so much better than I ever could. Being open to new ideas and willing to change your perspective is a huge part of the therapy process.
Did you know that the best way to build empathy is to read fiction? It makes you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and practice that all important skill for emotional intelligence. It also helps build confidence and vocabulary.
Here are some articles about the research behind reading “making you a better person,” the practical applications of reading for business called “The Case for Reading Fiction,” and how reading effects kids for the better and how many books (FYI it is 80) you should have at home to get these benefits.
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