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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The Trick to a Super Memory
Aug05

The Trick to a Super Memory

Time moves in one direction, memory another. – William Gibson If you haven’t heard me complain about my big and impending candidacy test (the three-part exam that determines whether I’m “worthy” to pursue a PhD), then you have that opportunity now: Ah! I have a huge test—that covers everything in social psychology!—in just over a week! But in order to study and memorize all the information for it, I do what any good student does and...

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