Most people would agree: praise is one of the most effective ways to build children’s self-esteem. We are told to be generous with our praise, and to find as many opportunities as possible to praise… Open at source
3 min read · Aug 4th · Creativity is everywhere around us — in the random colors of an artist’s painting, the verses of profound poetry, or an inspiring sculpture crafted from muddy clay. However, being creative is not just…
The act of writing down your thoughts will help you reinforce these memories so they are more easily accessible in the future.
asking yourself “what if?” while taking a walk is a great way to practice creative visualization.
Being creative partly comes from our aptitude to envisage the future and our capability to visualize experiences that have not yet arisen.
5 min read · Aug 10th · Most people believe that their personalities, work situations, and values won’t change much in the future, even though they have changed tremendously in the past. This is because of a phenomenon…
people tend to underestimate how much they will change in the future, despite knowing how much they have changed over time
People, it seems, regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they will be for the rest of their lives.
People, it seems, regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they will be for the rest of their lives.”
4 min read · Aug 5th · Surely, a knife is made for cutting things. And you can only use a cotton swab to clean your ears — right? Functional fixedness is a form of cognitive bias which makes us automatically narrow down the…
Karl Duncker first defined functional fixedness in 1945
Without the distraction of unnecessary detail, you are less likely to fall into the restrictive trap of thinking
As we get older, our preconceived ideas of how things should be done become more rigid and harder to challenge.
4 min read · Aug 26th · When something is described as ambiguous, it means that it is confusing, unclear, or open to different interpretations. Entrepreneurs face ambiguous situations all the time; it’s the nature of the…
We need enough time to think and weigh out all options to make the best choice. Without that time, our brains will try to take shortcuts that can lead to less-optimal outcomes.
Our brains skip the hard part of making estimates or guesses about the ambiguous choice and go straight for the more familiar option. In other words, we don’t like to mess around with the unknown, so we avoid it as much as we can.
In a study of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, researchers found that youth with anxiety had a much lower tolerance for ambiguity than the control group.
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
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