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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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Crisis Management

Crisis Management and Emotional Granularity

Picture this, you go to the doctor’s office, diligently describe your symptoms to him and after an extended period of running tests and even consulting with fellow experts in the field, he comes back with a diagnosis saying you’re sick. No further explanation, just “sick.” Would you let him prescribe medication for your condition? Probably …

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communication skills

One simple strategy to instantly improve your communication skills

As we all know, it is very possible for two well-meaning individuals trying their best to get their message across to miss the mark entirely and create a whole new situation than what was initially intended. Whenever we communicate, there’s a huge gap in which our message could be lost in translation, tainted by outside …

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struggling with habit formation

Are you struggling with habit formation? Try exchanging one for another

So, habits are pretty much the human version of automation. You do one thing often enough, you brain will take over and start producing the most efficient results with the least amount of effort from you. You don’t have to think about it or plan for it or convince yourself to do it. One cue …

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negative capability

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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have to say no

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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seeking discomfort

Seeking discomfort (and staying with it) is the only way you’ll ever grow

Growing pains, so aptly named, are not just for children. It’s physical and uncontrollable for the kids, whereas the adults have to deal with the mental version of it. Unfortunately for us, we can opt out. We can choose not to take risks. To stay firmly rooted in our comfort zones. To take only what …

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emotional intelligence

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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