Systematic experimentation of intuitions (Dan Ariely)

We have many intuitions in our life and the point is that many of these intuitions are wrong. Dan Ariely One of the first questions that came to mind when I started to understand the breadth and depth of human bias was: How do I avoid all this crap? Whilst on a bit of aContinue reading “Systematic experimentation of intuitions (Dan Ariely)”

Dr Andrew Huberman discussed the keys to behaviour change … and lots of other cool shit

The chemical equation for bahaviour change is simple enough: Start with focus and urgency to stimulate acetylcholine + norepinephrine; then Ensure there is (self) reward to release dopamine Dopamine suppresses the norepinephrine so you can sustain the effort Ensure there is deep rest because this is where change occurs [potentially interesting c/ref theta brain states]Continue reading “Dr Andrew Huberman discussed the keys to behaviour change … and lots of other cool shit”

Seth Godin on where we need to focus

There’s a couple of simple gems in this short interaction from Seth Godin on the need to live the process – to just ‘show up’ – rather than to focus on the outcome. 1. Ignoring the masses actually requires that we ignore the outcome Early adopters are the ones who are drawn to innovation –Continue reading “Seth Godin on where we need to focus”

Does Rethinking Positive Thinking contradict the traditional Act ‘as If’ idea?

In the book Rethinking Positive Thinking Gabriele Oettingen warns against the popular notion of imagining ourselves as having already achieved an important goal. While optimism can help us alleviate immediate suffering and persevere in challenging times, merely dreaming about the future actually makes people more frustrated and unhappy over the long term and less likelyContinue reading “Does Rethinking Positive Thinking contradict the traditional Act ‘as If’ idea?”

Kurt Vonnegut on creative expression as self awareness

My awareness of Kurt Vonnegut came from 2 Eighties movies Footloose – Early scene where the main character talks about Slaughterhouse 5 as ‘a classic’; and Back to School where the Rodney Dangerfield character hires the actual Vonnegut (who cameos in the movie) to write an English paper on himself So this is from aContinue reading “Kurt Vonnegut on creative expression as self awareness”

Feeling emotions in your body

as you get to know how your body manifests different emotional states, you might check in first with the body to see what’s going on for you emotionally. Your body becomes a barometer of your emotional state As I read this post I thought about the advice in Susan David’s Emotional Agility to takeContinue reading “Feeling emotions in your body”

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