How Creative People Think ~The Physcology of Reading

7 Jul

have you ever wondered how it is you experience a book? Because you do, don’t you? A book is a world, as real as anything else, sometimes more so. (or at least until you are finished with it and ‘wake up’)  How does our mind project this world?  We see it as clear as day, but how? It’s just words right?

I was thinking about this today, wondering how it is our minds eye works to create this. How somewhere in between our brain processing black and white words on a page, our mind supplies us with a living breathing world. And as I thought about it I became aware to the fact, that reading is very much like dreaming.

In fact, in many, ways it is precisely the same.

I’m sure you’ve heard of a movie called INCEPTION right? Well, Leonardo explains the physcology of reading almost perfectly in this video clip. Please feel free to watch the first minute of this video (o:oo to 1:00) before you continue, and the rest of this will make a lot more sense:

Anyway Leo (as you heard) told us that in dreaming our mind  “creates and perceives our world simultaneously” which means that we make up whats going on in our dream, and also experience it at the same time, “our mind does this so well that we don’t even know it’s happening.”

The same thing occurs when we’re reading. Our mind creates and perceives at the same time, allowing us to enter an almost “dream like state”.

That brings us to…well us.


Next were told (in the clip) that this constant state of “creation and experience” allows them to ‘get right in the middle’ of the dream. The “dream architects” in our case are writers. Leonardo DiCaprio explains that “we create the world…and bring the subject into that world.” As “Architects” our job is to create the basis for the reader, and then “allow them to fill it with their subconsicous” by bringing them deep enough in that they don’t realized they world isn’t real.

Which, technically is what happens. A writer does not create every detail, as said in the clip you could never acquire enough detail to make them (readers) think it’s reality. We provide the BASE of the “dream”. Readers fill it in.

For instance, if I tell you there was an orange chair in the living room and had every one of you describe it, no two descriptions of the placement and design of that chair would be the same, except for the fact that it was orange (heck i’d probably even get different shades of orange). No two experiences in reading (or in Inception case, dreaming) would be exactly the same.

The SUBJECTS (the readers) are what determine how a book is perceived. That why there is(generally) so much disappointment when books are turned into movies, because there are a hundred different perceptions of the book.

Anyway, that was my little science lesson about how your mind turns a book into an experience. Do you think that reading is a lot like dreaming? Or am I just crazy and also obsessed with INCEPTION? haha


4 Responses to “How Creative People Think ~The Physcology of Reading”

  1. peacesigngirl21 July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Reading IS a lot like dreaming. 😀 I just now learned that. (Thanks, by the way!) Except the dream isn’t brought on by fears, thoughts, or whatever else goes on in our heads . . . it’s brought on by WORDS. From my perspective, that’s amazing. 😀 Another great post!

    • nkeda14 July 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks, I was watching INCEPTION and all the sudden it just clicked! Like BAM Ally you are an architect! haha

  2. gabriellan July 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    That’s fascinating. I never thought of it that way, but it’s so true.

    • nkeda14 July 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      😀 I was watching the movie…and then… BING! Lightbulb!

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