5 min read · Nov 17th · Have you noticed that sometimes you can make decisions in an instant, but at other times the choice feels overwhelming? Anxiety can reduce your willingness to take risks, leading to a phenomenon known…
Take control of the decision making by exploring your options rationally without the distraction of any unhelpful fears.
Start journaling your ideas, and document your fears, hopes or expectations so that you have a clear idea of where you are now, and where you want to get to.
By recognising that a bad outcome could be managed, you reduce the impact of your internalised fears.
4 min read · Oct 8th · Status anxiety occurs when we fear that we are not meeting society’s standards for success. This leads to shame, which impacts our mental health.
A person’s environment can intensify status anxiety. For instance, income inequality and social media both exacerbate status anxiety
Alain de Botton first introduced the term “status anxiety” in 2004. Status anxiety occurs when we compare ourselves to others and fear that we are not meeting society’s standards for success. As a result, we feel trapped in our current economic or social status. This leads to a feeling of shame, which can be detrimental to our mental health.
Status anxiety is driven in part by our cultural beliefs about wealth and self-fulfillment
5 min read · Oct 1st · If you have ever worried that poor performance in an evaluation will lead to a friend or colleague developing a negative opinion of you, then you are not alone. Fear of judgement by others is common.
If you have ever worried that poor performance in an evaluation will lead to a friend or colleague developing a negative opinion of you, then you are not alone. Fear of judgement by others is common.
Fear is a human emotion designed to protect us from harm, but once it starts having a detrimental effect on your performance, you need to take control
Fear is a human emotion designed to protect us from harm, but once it starts having a detrimental effect on your performance, you need to take contro
3 min read · Oct 19th · A senior partner at McKinsey & Co. observes that many women are working a triple shift. One is in the home, where women still tend to do the lion’s share. Then there is their job. And third, there are…
our survey of corporate workers found that women are far more likely than their male peers to invest in the success of other co-workers.
Among senior leaders, women are twice as likely to spend substantial time on diversity efforts.
For working women, the past 18 months have been a test of resilience. Many are working a triple shift. One is in the home, where women still tend to do the lion’s share. Then there is their job. And third, there are the extra responsibilities many have assumed in the workplace.
3 min read · Oct 13th · “Crisis… is an attempt to dislodge us from a toxic status quo and constitutes an insistent call to rebuild our lives on a more authentic and sincere basis.”
The moment we begin to see that there are infinitely many kinds of beautiful lives, we cease being captive to the myth of normalcy
In the midst of a breakdown, we often wonder whether we have gone mad. We have not. We’re behaving oddly, no doubt, but beneath the agitation we are on a hidden yet logical search for health.
The moment we begin to see that there are infinitely many kinds of beautiful lives, we cease being captive to the myth of normalcy — the cultural tyranny that tells us there are a handful of valid ways to be human and demands of us to contort into these accepted forms of being
5 min read · Sep 24th · The sense of liberation is essential to your psychological well-being.
recollections of having fun, whether with family, friends, or even strangers, are often one of the most memorable and happiest memories in a person’s life.
While fooling around with friends over a couple of drinks or going to a theme park with family may seem unproductive, these times of fun seem to give people the motivation to continue their life journey and make life worth smiling about.
5 min read · Aug 10th · Empathy is an aesthetic practice that relies on our capacity to delight in, and respond with reverence to, the world around us
Today we think about empathy as a way to understand another’s experience. But when the English word ‘empathy’ first appeared in 1909 as a translation of the German Einfühlung, it denoted an aesthetic ability to appreciate objects and nature.
Aesthetic empathy was possible because it relied on our capacity to generate kinaesthetic images, or mental images of movement and feeling.