Two Guys in A Room Analogy

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The author Richard Wiseman in his book “59 Seconds” shared a very beautiful analogy which I can’t resist sharing with you. There were two guys in a room, both were told to come up with something creative. The first guy, shy but extraordinarily creative. The second guy, less creative but very vocal in nature.

When the boss told them to come up with something new. The second guy persuaded the first since he had all those people skills and managed to pitch his idea to the boss. In the end, the boss instead of having an extremely creative person in his team ended up with a mediocre idea.

The shy guy is our subconscious mind, and the one with all the people’s skill is our conscious mind.

Eating Slowly

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We eat much more than usual if eat in front of a TV or more generally put a distraction. It’s true that eating while watching is much more fun but it’s not good for health. In the book “59 Seconds” the author also suggested eating slowly.

The communication between the brain and stomach is little slower than the other organs. The brain doesn’t immediately register that the stomach is full, it surprisingly takes whopping 20 minutes for the brain to fully comprehend that it is full. It gets worse if we eat with a distraction meaning a movie.

 

 

 

Doublethink for Productivity

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In the last post I shared about Doublethink, it was one of the craziest ideas which came into existence in the novel “1984” by George Orwell and although it sounded completely fictional I shared how we employ Doublethink in our life as well.

That said, the author Richard Wiseman in his book, “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” shared how we can even employ Doublethink for productivity.

Talk about crazy ideas.

Employing Doublethink is actually easy and you may have done it in the past without realizing it (I know because I have done it unknowingly, though). It basically involves enlisting and describing the pros and cons of achieving a particular goal. By looking at both pros and cons our mind makes a better judgment out of it and we end up achieving our goal much faster.

What’s Bothering You?

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Writing things down have much more effect than merely sharing it with others. We know that if a painful memory is shared the pain gets halved it is true but not always. In the book “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot”  the author Richard Wiseman shared that writing things down have much more impact than sharing it with others.

This I have experienced personally, and I did it when I had no idea about what I was doing. At that time I was preparing for senior secondary examination and I remember one day I sat down and wrote everything which was bothering me at that time. Nobody told me to do that, I actually had no one to tell. The problems which I was having at that time weren’t that a big deal (now that I think about it) but they appeared to be huge at that time.

I remember that I never bothered to look at those piece of papers again. But I do remember that I things which I wrote down on that day never bothered me again. It was as if I had forgotten all about it. It was pretty amazing. The memories all back to me when I read about writing things down from my current book.

The Pratfall Effect

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Another kind of phenomenon is The Pratfall Effect which says that a minor screw up is actually good and it can increase your likability. We don’t like people who act macho, look tough, disciplined and act like they have everything figured out. But if by any chance they screw up even a little bit we feel connected with them. By making a mistake they become more human and we start liking them.

The author Richard Wiseman in his book, “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” mentions that a weakness in the beginning of a resume can actually increase your likelihood of getting the job. Of course, it can not guarantee it but it has a say in the overall decision-making process of the interview.

Read more about it from the wiki link by clicking here.

Started the Book, “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot”

 

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Richard Wiseman is a Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has given keynote addresses to The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum, Google, and Amazon.

The magazine Scientific American described him as “…the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today”.

I stumbled upon his book “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” when I was looking for the books in Cognitive Psychology section and I found this one particularly interesting.

I have found it very impressive so far, basically, it’s all about Psychology but he has explained things in far more simpler way than that of Daniel Goleman. I actually have read 2 books of Daniel Goleman and I find this one much simpler than those twos. And don’t even get me started on the book “Interpretation of Dreams” by Sigmund Freud because reading that book was pretty much reading Operating Systems by Galvin.

Remembering Names

Napoleon, the Third Emperor of France and nephew of the great Napoleon, boasted that in spite of all his royal duties he could remember the name of every person he met.
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A person’s name is the single most beautiful word for him in the universe. And it’s true for everyone but seldom we realize it and often we forget people’s name whom we meet on every other day. We think it’s not important, we think it doesn’t matter, but we are wrong in that.

Remember how happy you become when the teacher remembered your name in your school days, remember how awesome you felt at that time. Do you remember how you talked about that incident with your friends and family when the professor made it obvious that he remembered you by name?
In spite of reading this book several times, I still find it very difficult to remember people’s names and I still am bad at it but I am improving nevertheless.

Quasars & Blazars: The Brightest Things in the Universe

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I am more than halfway through the book “Origins” by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. The starting was pretty amazing and pushed me to read further and further. Then after a couple of chapters, it became insanely technical and it seemed that I would not be able to even complete the book. But I kept reading in spite of getting nothing out of it. I have done the same thing with my textbooks in my college days hoping that I would get it eventually.

This time with this book after some chapters things started to become interesting and currently, I am reading planet formations, stories of how nebulas were discovered, how the moons were made etc meaning I am finally enjoying it now.

When I first heard about Quasars and Blazars, the brightest thing in the universe I was on my toes to know more about them. I was extremely excited to start this book after watching this video(link here). And finally, Neil has uncovered their existence in the book. It was awesome, it was beautiful, it felt like I was there.

Just Run..!

In the book “Emotional Intelligence”  the author Daniel Goleman has shared various ways to counter negative mental states and one of them is running. Dopamine(a chemical inside the brain) plays an important role in feeling good. There are several ways one can feel good and one of them is running.

 

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Daniel Goleman shared that while running can be a great tool for secretion of dopamine and hence feeling good if the person skips it he would feel low. For last 2 days, I have skipped it and most certainly I am not feeling good about it. In fact, I feel that I have done something wrong.

If you feel low just Run.! And you will feel much better.

 

“Interpretation of Dreams” by Sigmund Freud

Today I started reading another book and this one is by Sigmund Freud. It is one of the first few books which he wrote in his early days called “Interpretation of Dreams”. It is a research-based book consisting of references from various other authors who had worked in this field.

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What drove me to read this book?

Every book which consists of psychological facts and examples refer something from Sigmund Freud and I have got references of Sigmund Freud in every other book I read and it raised my curiosity to the point that I really wanted to read something directly from him.

I only have finished a couple of chapters though and to tell you the truth the experience is very different from reading modern days books. The writing style is far more formal and direct than today’s books. Let’s see how the rest of book goes, I will share my learning from the book in subsequent posts.