Personal Development

An easy way to hack willpower and self-control, backed by research in social psychology

You’ve probably heard about the marshmallow test. A small group of preschool children between 3 to 5 years old are each offered a marshmallow and given two choices; eat the treat immediately, or wait until the researcher returns and receive a second marshmallow. No threats of punishment on failure, just the promise of reward if …

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How Shakespeare wrote the greatest stories? Negative Capability

Encyclopaedia Britannica defines negative capability as: “… a writer’s ability, “which Shakespeare possessed so enormously,” to accept uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” This phrase was first used by John Keats in a letter to his brothers in 1817. Negative capability is the capacity to embrace mystery. To be still …

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Sometimes you have to say no; here’s how to soften the blow

Is there another word quite as charged as the double-lettered, single-syllabled powerhouse of rejection? We dread having to say it almost as much as we hate being on the receiving end, if not more. We’ll overbook our schedules, acquiesce to inconsiderate requests or make up outlandish lies just so we can spare ourselves the discomfort. …

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Why you need to work on improving your Emotional Intelligence and how you can do it

What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence has been defined as “the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior” by Peter Salovey and John Mayer. This definition was later broken down and refined into four …

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