Samir’s Selection 12/22/2014 (a.m.)

  • As in our earlier experiment, we measured our participants’ personality traits and emotions before and after reading. We had expected that people who read a piece of fiction would experience the greatest fluctuation in their personality scores, but we didn’t find this. The genre of the text — fiction or nonfiction — didn’t matter much; what mattered was the degree of perceived artistry. Those who read a story or essay that they judged to be artistic changed their personality scores significantly more than did those who judged what they read to be less artistic.

    tags: literature writing psychology identity selfdiscovery selfdoubt personality transformation selfawareness selfimprovement art

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