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6 Ways Reading Books Benefits Introverts

By | Anne Marais |

For introverts, books provide the perfect escape — you can “go out” into another world while staying in. 

You may be familiar with this quote from Henry David Thoreau: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

This enriches our lives, as do other insightful quotes we get from books — especially for introverts since we live in our heads so much. So it comes as no surprise that introverts love reading.

But books are more than a mere hobby for introverts. Yes, reading becomes a ritual for us, but research shows that books are also a kind of therapy for many people. This is referred to as bibliotherapy. To me, books are certainly therapeutic, whether they’re fiction or nonfiction. They all tend to contain valuable lessons, advice, and information about the journey of life. Here are six key ways books benefit introverts. See if you agree!

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