Who knew we writers were practitioners of the art of helping readers—and watchers—become better people? According to this article by Anna Almendrala, “. . . fictional narrative . . . helps people’s moral imaginations grow.”
According to research findings, the 4 ways are:
- People who read and watch fiction may be less biased. This has to do with fiction being able to communicate more complex and nuanced ideas about other people than a factual description.
- Fiction may be partly responsible for the rise of universal human rights. Reading fiction helps people imagine and identify with the emotions and desires of people in oppressed groups.
- People who read and watch fiction might be more empathetic. One study shows that reading literary fiction enhances empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence.
- It’s not just readers who benefit. Even TV watchers and gamers benefit from fictional narratives. These mediums also use “story,” the writer's doorway into the hearts and minds of people that explores character, and the inwardness of character.
For what it’s worth,
© 2016 Ray Rhamey