I have recently discovered an interesting difference in the way my older sister (INFP) and I read novels. I have always read a lot faster than her… but I never thought twice about it. That was until I decided to read a book to her aloud since she needed to multitask and I really wanted her to read this one book. (Don’t ask… lol.) At that point, I realized the difference in our reading styles.
As I was reading to her, I noticed that she stopped repeatedly to say things like, “I bet that character will end up doing __________ or this or that will happen…” So I kept trying to read more to show her what actually happens but she kept interrupting me to analyze the plot!
So I eventually concluded: I read as fast as I can because I’m either dying to know what happens in the book or bored with it and want to get it over with. I notice I get bored with the details and try to skim those to get through the plot as fast as possible. However, my sister tends to read slower because she is constantly trying to absorb the details, really imagining being in the various situations, analyzing the plot, predicting the endings, etc. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what COULD happen, I just want to know what DOES happen.
So, does anyone think this is related to type? Perhaps an S/N difference? Or maybe SJ/NP? Or even just J/P. It’s hard to tell, but I thought it could be related. I'd love to hear your thoughts...