Want to Learn How to Think? Read Fiction
Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? Itâ€™s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making.
Fortunately, new research suggests a simple antidote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction.
A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call â€œcognitive closure.â€ Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertaintyâ€”attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity.