Which is more important, reading a book or writing a book?
Fox News has taken the unusual step of asking readers to choose the two.
The question has sparked a new era of research in the field of book and fiction, where books are often cited as the key to success in life.
A recent study by psychologists found that those who read books are better at coping with stress than those who do not.
Other studies have shown that books are an effective way to manage emotions and boost self-esteem.
The most recent book to hit the market this year is The Power of Habit, a biography of Dr. Martin Seligman, the world-renowned researcher who first suggested the importance of self-regulation.
Seligmen’s book became a best-seller and inspired dozens of books.
But, while Seligmans findings are relevant today, the book also drew criticism for suggesting that book readers can overcome depression and anxiety without a formal therapy program.
Now, researchers have conducted a study to see if reading a good book actually helps with coping with depression and other mental health problems.
“It’s very hard to say whether it helps,” said study author David Gertner, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“But it seems to be an important part of it.”
The study was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Researchers from the University at Buffalo, the University College London, and the University Hospitals London and Leicester Medical Center compared the mental health outcomes of 3,567 adults with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, or bipolar disorder.
The participants were randomly assigned to read one of three books, which each included the words “good book” and “bad book.”
The researchers also assessed how well the participants answered a test that asked them to identify what books they liked, disliked, or found “difficult” to read.
In addition, they asked the participants to report their overall satisfaction with life, their happiness, and how they felt about themselves.
The research found that reading a great book did not make the participants feel better.
“If you are reading a bad book, it’s just another reminder of the way that you feel,” said Dr. Gertson, who is also a professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University.
“I don’t think that books should be viewed as an escape.
I think they should be taken seriously as a part of the therapy process.”
The next step is to look at whether reading a better book will actually help people deal with their mental health issues.
Gethin Sime, a clinical psychologist and author of the book The Good Book, said the study showed the importance to be placed on the authors and the author’s intentions.
“When you are working with a professional and they are telling you to read something and you do it, that’s when you have to be able to put your brain on autopilot and be able understand,” she said.
“This book is not a checklist of what to read and what not to read, it is a guide to what to do.”
Gertsner, who previously conducted research on the impact of books on the health of patients with mental health disorders, said he is now studying the literature on the effectiveness of self discipline and self-efficacy.
He is also conducting research on how the relationship between reading and self regulation might differ for readers with anxiety disorders.
“In some cases, people who have depression might have a more positive experience than someone who has anxiety,” Gertners said.
He said the results of his research might also inform the types of books readers should read and the types they should avoid.
“The more you can understand the relationship of the brain to reading and the body to self-control, then we might be able in some ways to treat those disorders better,” Gethins said.