Warm Parent, Cold Parent
Sep20

Warm Parent, Cold Parent

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. — Robert Fulghum Parenting is hard—or at least I assume it must be. I mean I’ve never been a parent, but thinking of myself as a child takes little effort to recall moments that must have caused my parents to debate the age restriction on fire station drop-offs. And I was the good child 😉 Now, for nearly all forms of life, an animal’s...

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Wait, So Why Don’t We Do This?
Oct26

Wait, So Why Don’t We Do This?

“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the Heart. — Unknown Last week, we talked about self-affirmation and the ways it can help protect you from threatening situations. In fact, one of our readers even commented how he himself found the technique useful in his own life. But we’re...

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Mastering Your Memory
Sep07

Mastering Your Memory

Memory…is the diary that we all carry about with us. — Oscar Wilde What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever forgotten? Don’t worry, with my head in the clouds so often , I’m sure I’ve done worse. Along with improving your concentration, improving your memory is probably one of the most important cognitive skills to develop. So to help you do so today, I’m going to start with a little magic. Or rather, The Magical Number...

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How to Stay Focused Longer
Aug31

How to Stay Focused Longer

Concentration is the root of all higher abilities. — Bruce Lee Do you ever get halfway through a page, only to have no memory for what you just read? In long meetings, do you often daydream that you’re a secret agent or a professional musician or lying on a secluded beach? Concentration and mental focus is arguably one of the most important psychological skills you can cultivate. From success in school to reading this post to...

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Improving the Unimprovable
Jul06

Improving the Unimprovable

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.  — Nikos Kazantzakis Last week, we discussed the powerful, psychological phenomenon of fixed and growth mindsets of personal attributes. To briefly recap, let’s use extraversion as an example. If you have a fixed mindset toward this attribute, you believe that you are as extraverted as you will ever be; however, if you have a growth mindset, you believe your level of...

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