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How To Explain Anything To Anyone

How To Explain Anything To Anyone

Explainers, Life, Psychology

You were talking about something relatively complex and you could practically see the moment that your listener checked out. Not only is it uncomfortable but it’s also disheartening when what you’re saying is important, cool or valuable to the listener. Here are 4 steps to clearer communication.

How To Find Your Purpose And Do What You Love

How To Find Your Purpose And Do What You Love

Life, Psychology

Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends. Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.

How Not To Care When People Don’t Like You

How Not To Care When People Don’t Like You

Life, Psychology

When you’re not wasting energy molding your personality to someone else’s to be accepted, you’re more likely to find people who genuinely like you for you, and those relationships are far less exhausting to keep up. Still, it sucks to feel disliked. Here’s how to get through it without falling down a rabbit hole of sadness.

Nietzsche On How To Find Yourself And The True Value Of Education

Nietzsche On How To Find Yourself And The True Value Of Education

History, Life, Psychology

Friedrich Nietzsche considered the journey of self-discovery one of the greatest and most fertile existential difficulties. “Any human being who does not wish to be part of the masses need only stop making things easy for himself. “Be yourself! All that you are now doing, thinking, desiring, all that is not you.”

How I Rewired My Brain To Become Fluent In Math

How I Rewired My Brain To Become Fluent In Math

Psychology, Science

Having a basic, deep-seated fluency in math and science—not just an “understanding,” is critical. The “fluency” part of me that loved literature and language was also the same part of me that ultimately fell in love with math and science—and transformed and enriched my life.

The Healing Power Of Nature

The Healing Power Of Nature

Health, Nature, Psychology

River guides might know that nature is transformative for the human body and psyche; but the mechanism behind such profound change is less universally agreed upon and understood. The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom.

How Tiny Changes In Words You Hear Impact Your Thinking

How Tiny Changes In Words You Hear Impact Your Thinking

Life, Psychology

In a fascinating look at language, Professor George Lakoff lays out how political parties can sway supporters with tiny tweaks in word choice. When trying to get your point across, refrain from using the other side’s language. Doing so will activate and strengthen their frames and undermine your own views.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Explainers, Health, Life, Psychology

Active people tend to overthink what food is doing for their body—Is keto good for endurance? What’s the perfect post-training macro spread? Butter or no butter in my coffee?—but underthink what it’s doing for their mind. Yet you’ve probably noticed that what you eat impacts what’s going on upstairs.

The Surprising Psychology Of Dieting And Plate Design

The Surprising Psychology Of Dieting And Plate Design

Food, Psychology

You’ve probably heard the idea that using smaller plates and bowls can affect your perception of how much you’re eating, thereby helping you eat less. But how well does it work? A new study sheds light on that popular theory, finding that if you’re really hungry, it doesn’t work.

Ladies In Waiting

Ladies In Waiting

Health, Life, Long Reads, Psychology

In the most memorable scene of the 2002 film Secretary, nothing happens. For over ten minutes, a period that represents entire days in the movie’s internal timeline, protagonist Lee remains faithfully immobile, wetting herself in the process. Waiting, which renders everything provisional, which suspends progress or conclusion of any kind, is worse than clarity.

How Technology Is Hijacking Your Mind

How Technology Is Hijacking Your Mind

Psychology, Tech

I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked. When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us. But I want to show you where it might do the opposite.

Are Rich People Heartless?

Are Rich People Heartless?

Life, Psychology, Videos

According to Chris Ryan, the author of ‘Civilized to Death: the price of progress’, rich people have the tendency to distance themselves from people because of their wealth differential.

The New Generation Of Self-Created Utopias

The New Generation Of Self-Created Utopias

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The United States has been a laboratory for experiments in alternative living since its founding. As so-called intentional communities proliferate across the country, a subset of Americans is discovering the value of opting out of contemporary society.

The Problem Of Mindfulness

The Problem Of Mindfulness

Health, Life, Psychology

Instead of engaging in deliberation about oneself, what the arts of mindfulness have in common is a certain mode of attending to present events – often described as a ‘nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment’. Mindfulness promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with (troubling) assumptions about the self and the cosmos.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
How We’ll Forget John Lennon

How We’ll Forget John Lennon

Explainers, History, Media, Psychology

The report, “The universal decay of collective memory and attention,” concludes that people and things are kept alive through “oral communication” from about five to 30 years. They then pass into written and online records, where they experience a slower, longer decline.

The Music In You

The Music In You

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The more psychologists investigate musicality, the more it seems that nearly all of us are musical experts, in quite a startling sense. You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

The Real Reason The Sound Of Your Own Voice Makes You Cringe

The Real Reason The Sound Of Your Own Voice Makes You Cringe

Psychology, Science

A common explanation is that because we normally hear our own voice while talking, we receive both sound transferred to our ears externally by air conduction and sound transferred internally through our bones. This bone conduction of sound delivers rich low frequencies that are not included in air-conducted vocal sound.

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

Life, Psychology

In keeping with recent research, both focus and unfocus are vital. The brain operates optimally when it toggles between focus and unfocus, allowing you to develop resilience, enhance creativity, and make better decisions too.

Why Speaking To Yourself In The Third Person Makes You Wiser

Why Speaking To Yourself In The Third Person Makes You Wiser

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Scientific research suggests that you should adopt an ancient rhetorical method favoured by the likes of Julius Caesar and known as ‘illeism’ – or speaking about yourself in the third person — the term was coined in 1809 by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge from the Latin ille meaning ‘he, that’.

The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

Life, Psychology, Science

Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation. They are formed by pattern recognition between some current emotionally valued experience matching the condensed representation of similarly toned memories.

Confirmation Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Confirmation Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Life, Psychology

Confirmation bias is the human tendency to seek, interpret and remember information that confirms pre-existing beliefs. It is insidious. It affects every choice you make. Every. Single. Day. The things you choose to buy, your health, who you choose to marry, your career, your emotions, and your finances.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory

An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory

Life, Psychology

New research suggests that we should aim for “minimal interference” during 10-15 minutes breaks – deliberately avoiding any activity that could tamper with the delicate task of memory formation. You really need to give your brain the chance for a complete recharge with no distractions.

Are You Really The ‘Real’ You?

Are You Really The ‘Real’ You?

Health, Life, Psychology

What rational cogs are turning for people when they change their minds about who they are? Are beliefs about ourselves even the kind of thing we can be rational about, when we’re the ones who make those beliefs true?

The Key To Good Luck Is An Open Mind

The Key To Good Luck Is An Open Mind

Life, Psychology, Science

What do these people have that the rest of us don’t? It turns out “ability” is the key word here. Beyond their level of privilege or the circumstances they were born into, the luckiest people may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way.

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

Health, Life, Long Reads, Psychology

We’re spoiled, entitled, lazy, and failures at what’s come to be known as “adulting,” a word invented by millennials as a catchall for the tasks of self-sufficient existence. I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

Life, Psychology

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”

A Psychologist Explains How To Beat Social Anxiety

A Psychologist Explains How To Beat Social Anxiety

Explainers, Life, Psychology

A nice analogy is that of mood and action. We often think we have to “feel” like doing something before doing it. We think we have to feel like going to the gym before going to work out. But if we lace up our shoes and go to the gym, often our mood catches up, and we’re glad we went. With confidence, it’s the same thing.

Is Our Brain Hard-Wired To Be Optimistic?

Is Our Brain Hard-Wired To Be Optimistic?

Psychology, Science

Psychologists have found that 80% of people have, what they define as an optimism bias and that’s regardless of whether they believe themselves to be more pessimistic or realistic. The optimism bias is our tendency to underestimate the likelihood of negative events and overestimating the likelihood of positive events.

The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

Business, Explainers, Life, Psychology

It’s good to sleep on it when there are tough choices to make, but you also need a strategy once you wake up–which is why you should employ the 10/10/10 rule. How will we feel about it 10 minutes from now? How about 10 months from now? How about 10 years from now?

What Happened To American Childhood?

What Happened To American Childhood?

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The percentage of 12-to-17-year-olds who had experienced a major depressive episode in the previous year shot up from 8 percent to 13 percent. Among girls, the rate was even higher; in 2017, one in five reported experiencing major depression. Here’s what we can do about it.

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