I became a bookworm in my late teens. It all started with teen and historical fiction books. I recall spending hours carefully reading through book reviews just to pick the right fiction for my Sunday night. I cherished those nights because I truly derived great pleasure from spending hours under my bed covers reading. No school to worry about. It was just me and my favorite characters for the night.
I think belonging to the “introvert” group of people, made reading all the more appealing and enjoyable to me.
Why Do Introverts Like Reading?
Reading Reduces Stress
A study conducted by researchers at Sussex University found that reading every day for at least six minutes can actually reduce stress levels by up to 68%.
For me, the thought of reading when I get back home comforts me during stressful events, let alone actually holding a book in my hands and immersing myself in its content.
Now physiologically speaking, the increase of dopamine levels in our brains, is the primary cause of overstimulation and stress for introverts. And because reading is a low dopamine activity. It shifts our mind’s focus to the story behind the book we’re reading. Hence the reason why we gradually become less alert and more relaxed while enjoying such an energy reserving activity.
Reading Gives Us a Chance To Use Our Imagination
There is nothing in the world that beats reading when it comes to letting our imagination run free. Too many characters. Different plots. Lots of stories and only one introverted mind.
Reading, Unlike watching TV, gives our minds the freedom to color and shape the characters in each story the way we choose to. Through each story we read, we live a new adventure. A new life of the mind!
Reading Expands Our Worldview
Introverts always try to assess people by putting meaning and value to their actions. This natural trait is one of the reasons why we’re drawn to reading. It’s our ticket to a safe peek outside of our own cultures where we look at things from a different angle.
Our brains actually react to the stories we read and create stimulations according to the description in the novel. This helps us better understand people in real life and comprehend the reasoning behind their actions.
Reading makes us more empathetic and leads us to develop as human beings. And this development is actually noticeable, that’s why we feel good about reading. We can sense the change in the way we process things and make judgments of others.
People who read are generally more open-minded and understanding than the ones who don’t make a habit of reading books.
The Best Way to Escape Reality For a While
When life gets too much to handle for us introverts, we can always retreat to our rooms and lose ourselves in a novel.
There are few things that can take our minds away from life events, and reading is one of those.
It gives our minds and emotions a break from reality and plunges us into a fantasy world where we’re safe from hurt. often times when we’re back from that world, we feel better about life in general. We find solace in books.
Reading Is Our Preferred Learning Style
Books for me are value givers. As I grew older I started to rely more and more on nonfiction books in my learning journeys. It became apparent to me that I learn best when I’m reading/listening and I believe it has something to do with me being an introvert.
It certainly is not a general role, but most introverts have a strong learning preference for written words in addition to auditory learning. That’s because books give us all time needed to process the information we’re receiving. Also, the fact that reading is a quiet, low dopamine activity gives our brains the chance to be fully focused during the learning process.
Nicki Monahan wrote an article about the difference in learning preferences between introverts and extroverts, where he described introverted students as “ being generally comfortable in lecture halls, learning primarily through listening and reading and may need time to reflect and write before participating in verbal exchanges.”
Wrapping up, reading is easily one of the best hobbies for introverts to do. It’s both an entertaining solitary activity and it can help us create better versions of ourselves and scale in life. So if you still haven’t joined the bookworm club, what are you waiting for dear introvert?