SpeeRead - Instruction System for Speed Reading and Effective Learning
When we read, the texts we go through can fall into two broad categories. Let us read literary texts such as novels, short stories, philosophy or poetry, or read "technical" texts, which means specialized texts in any field of knowledge, whether we are talking about humanities or exact sciences. The same kind of information processing is done if we read from the psychology or legal manual, but also if we read economics or computer programming.
Optimized fast reading helps you to read faster but also to understand fully and deeper both types of text above mentioned. Read below to see how!
There is a certain belief that quick reading would be indicated for technical texts and less for literature. This belief probably comes from an incomplete perception about optimized rapid reading. Thus, fast reading is perceived only as a technique of rapid scrolling of texts, regardless of their nature. The technique consists in actually reading only a certain part of a text, and the rest of the text, considered irrelevant, is simply omitted. Indeed, this way of reading saves time, but the quality of understanding of the text decreases dramatically, reaching a maximum of 30%, no matter how sophisticated that technique is. The question here is who wants to lose valuable time by going through a text to understand less than a third of it? Whether the text is technique or literature, the percentage is very small.
Optimized rapid reading is totally different from the techniques described above that are intended only for quick scrolling of texts. Optimized quick reading increases reading speed as well as the ability to understand and memorize texts. To get here, you need a specific training. Once acquired, the optimized speed reading technique allows you to address both literature and technical texts with the same yield. What differs are just the resources put into play, and how to interact with the content and meanings of that text.
If you approach technical texts, regardless of the domain they come from, the meaning of the information you read will be perceived more quickly and deeper. The logical and rational part of the mind will be more active in detecting the meaning of information and linking it to the information you have already accumulated in the past, in the same field. And all these operations will run in your mind faster. But even more efficiently!
If you approach literature of any kind, the meaning of information is equally important. Here too, the more visible or subtle meanings of the text will be perceived with priority but by that part of the mind that calls for imagination and sensation to connect with the information in the environment. If the technique of fast reading is sufficiently well-controlled, the phenomenon that occurs when reading literature is that of a profound immersion in the lectured story and its meanings. This diving phenomenon in the reality described by the text is deeper than usual and is known and described in psychology as FLOW.
But, about the FLOW phenomenon we will speak in a separate article.
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