Many people recognize the benefits of reading books and the importance of this activity for personal development. However, observations show that there are fewer and fewer people reading each year. This paradox was the impetus for writing an article about the benefits of reading and the impact of books on people.
There is a popular quote on the Internet that I am sure you have also heard: "Those who read books will always control those who watch television. The meaning of this phrase is clear, but few people start reading books after that.
Of course, we can say that the development of science and technology, society and civilization itself forces us to reconsider. And reading is supposedly no longer as relevant as it was, say, in the 19th or 20th century. But this is not entirely true. Or rather, not at all.
There are crimes worse than burning books. For example - not reading them.
Why do you need to read?
This article presents the reasons why everyone who wants to develop should read. If you don't have much free time at all, you should at least read college book summaries.
It is well known that reading books directly affects the development of the imagination.
Imagination is the ability of the mind to create and manipulate images, representations, and ideas. Imagination plays a key role in mental processes such as modeling, planning, creativity, and memory.
Broadly speaking, any process that takes place "in images" is imagination.
So it is reading books is one of the most effective ways of developing the imagination. After all, in the process of getting acquainted with the story, our brain draws us pictures that in reality the eye can not see. We imagine what these or those characters look like, in what situation the action takes place, and so on and so forth.
To make sure that in the process of reading imagination plays a key role, remember how, after reading the book you had to watch a movie based on it. How when you looked at some of the characters you thought, "Well, no, that person doesn't match the image described in the book at all."
This is because your brain, while you were reading, drew an image in your mind, and now it's being compared to what you see in the movie. All of this is a consequence of the active work of the imagination.
Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is much more important than knowledge," and some of his lectures began with, "Imagine that you are sitting on a beam of light...". So don't think that imagination is the province of romantics and writers. Great scientists have used it very successfully to make great discoveries.
One of the greatest scientists in history, Henri Poincaré, thought that imagination was the most important factor in intuitive discoveries.
It has been observed that regular reading allows a person to maintain mental health.
The French writer Daniel Pennac said: "The paradox of reading is that it takes us away from reality in order to give reality meaning."
Of course, it cannot be claimed that reading can be guaranteed to cure Alzheimer's disease. But as dementia prevention, reading good literature is very effective. After all, the brain of the reader is in constant tone and creates millions of new neural connections, which simply can not but have a beneficial effect on the development of the intellect.
People who have read a lot in their lives will notice a decline in memory and mental alertness much later than those who haven't.
An interesting fact is that people who read tend to be more self-confident. This is due to the fact that a well-read person is more erudite, and is able to articulate and defend their point of view in almost any discussion.
Moreover, if the reader is not knowledgeable on any topic, he can, as they say, "orient himself as he goes along," because his thinking abilities are quite highly developed.
All these things on a subconscious level make a person more confident in himself, his knowledge and abilities. As a result, his self-esteem is at an adequate level.
It's no secret that regular reading increases vocabulary, making speech beautiful, rich and persuasive.
Vocabulary (or lexicon) is the set of words a person has. There are two kinds of vocabulary: active and passive.
- Active includes the words a person uses in speaking and writing.
- Passive includes words that a person recognizes when reading or hearing, but does not use them himself or herself in speaking and writing. Usually the passive vocabulary is several times larger than the active vocabulary.
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