Improving social skills through literature: Mindful reading, diversity, and emotional intelligence

Dr Charlotte Williams, Bismarck State College, the U.S.A.;    Abstract: Many believe that reading fiction can improve empathy, yet this is an exploratory area of research with limited empirical studies. This presentation is a collection of literature based on the current research. This presentation will discuss psychological and literary theories, and interventions supporting how reading fiction can improve self and social awareness (e.g. emotional awareness and empathy). Skills and strategies will also be explored which can be transferable to everyday experience. The implications of this literature review could benefit children and adults interested in improving social skills.

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