The College Dream
Aug30

The College Dream

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. – Diogenese Not to brag (which means I’m about to), but my girlfriend, Jaylynn, is amazing. In addition to having the courage and drive to apply for college after being a few years out, she received scholarships for most of her education. However, that funding didn’t cover everything, and in addition to taking classes, she has to work to pay for the rest. Now, back in...

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Stereotype Threat
Nov05

Stereotype Threat

One’s reputation, whether false or true, cannot be hammered, hammered, hammered into one’s head without doing something to one’s character. – Gordon Allport After receiving a number of messages about the last two posts I’d written on self-affirmation, I was surprised to find that I had never discussed one of the primary uses for it: combatting stereotype threat. As one of our readers shared last week, being one of the few women of...

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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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The Most Important Thing You’ll Learn Today
Mar05

The Most Important Thing You’ll Learn Today

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes. — Voltaire I don’t know if I’ve ever used this blog to broadcast inflammatory ideas, so today’s post may be the first. Sometimes, though, sometimes you believe in an idea so deeply, so passionately, that to keep from expressing it is to melt yourself from the inside out. So today I’m going to cool my core and breathe this heat...

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It’s About Time
Aug28

It’s About Time

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. — George Bernard Shaw The following is not a riddle; there is no “clever answer” at the end of it. Simply respond (mentally or to your computer screen) with the first answer that comes to mind: Imagine you have a meeting scheduled for next Wednesday. The meeting is moved forward two days. Which day is the meeting on? In case you suffered severe head trauma...

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