Improve Yourself with One Word
May31

Improve Yourself with One Word

Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world. — Amit Ray I have a question for you: When that voice inside your head tries to get you motivated, does it say things like, “I can do this?” or “You can do this?” Although this may seem like a trivial difference, the research on this distinction is rather impressive. When we talk about ourselves,  we tend to use first-person pronouns (e.g., “I” or “me”). On the other...

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Convince Yourself by Convincing Others
Mar01

Convince Yourself by Convincing Others

Persuasion is often more effectual than force. — Aesop If you’ve ever used social media, you have probably tried to change someone’s opinion on something–and probably done so in vain. Facebook feuds, Twitter storms, back-and-forth email exchanges, in all of these cases, it can be quite difficult to change another person’s opinion. But did you know that you were probably still influencing someone’s opinion? (and...

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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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Emotion, What are Thee?
Aug12

Emotion, What are Thee?

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions. – Elizabeth Gilbert Lately, I have been a bipolar Ferris wheel of emotions. Elation. Frustration. Sorrow. Pride. My upcoming candidacy exam. The finale to True Detective. My romantic life (yes, I have one of those…well, kind of). Like anyone, though, we are used to these cycling emotions—though, maybe not in such rapid and voluminous succession. But...

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Jan28

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Believe that your life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. – William James (the father of American psychology) For all my West Coast readers, let me say: the cold and snow ain’t fun. Recently, I went to hop in my car and pick up some groceries, when I unlocked my door, but my door didn’t open. No problem, sometimes it sticks in the cold. I pulled harder. Nothing doing. Puzzled (and getting chilly) I whipped out...

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