By Mariam Hovuni
Us and books
Most of us like to read, but few of us know what kind of an impact reading has on us.

It turns out that reading has a psychological impact and according to different standards at that. When we read, the brain perceives the words as a system of signs and symbols, and relevant states of mind are created in the brain. It first and foremost fosters the development of a person’s empathy since we often identify ourselves with the heroes in a book and feel what they have felt.

Reading about heroes in a book or fairy tale at a young age leads to the formation of personality, will and self-discipline, and we often set aside our ideals and are guided by that model later in life.

According to the UNESCO, Shakespeare is the writer whose books have been read the most, followed by Lev Tolstoy. Experts are certain that the reader wants to read the biographies of those writers (in the form of a book) after reading any one of their books.

Stalin would read 400 pages a day and considered it a norm, while Balzac would read a 200-page novel in 30 minutes.

Celebrities were most likely aware of the fact that eyes get tired less during speed reading than slow reading. As a matter of fact, a person understands 60% during slow reading and 80% during speed reading.

It should be mentioned that biblotherapy or therapy with relevant literature is very common in psychology. This is guided and targeted reading that is later discussed with the visitor. Psychologists state that six minutes is the period when muscles become weak and the functioning of the heart is regulated. In such case, one can reduce the level of stress through targeted or centralized reading in just six minutes.

With that said, we wish you a good read.