“You can behave ‘as if’ you are the person you want to be. Pretty soon, you might find that it is you.”
– Richard Wiseman, “The As If Principle”
Psychology professor at the University of Hertfordshire
In the New York Times, author Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of “Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World,” details the current thinking about whether humans, specifically adults, can intentionally set about to adjust the way they engage with the world.
She writes that researchers have found that adults can change the five traits that make up personality — extroversion, openness to experience, emotional stability, agreeableness and conscientiousness — within just a few months.
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- The As If Principle: From bestselling author Richard Wiseman, and the most-followed psychologist on Twitter, this “intriguing new slant to personal transformation” (Kirkus Reviews) shows you how to take control of your life in an instant.
- Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World: Learn why the concept of “weird” is being reclaimed and turned into a badge of honor, used to show how being different—culturally, socially, physically, or mentally—can be a person’s greatest strength.
- Three Practices to Retain More From Reading: From Startup Decoder. “One of my goals this year is to read less but retain more from that reading. I know reading less sounds like an unadmirable goal. But I consume so much that I experience diminishing returns.”
Loneliness In the Workplace
A lot of us are feeling lonely these days. Adam Grant on WorkLife, his podcast with TED, meets with Dr. Vivek Murthy who was appointed US Surgeon General by President Obama.
He spent a lot of time on all the things that keep Americans unwell — smoking, obesity, opioids — but he never forgot that profound experience of loneliness in his own work life. He began to observe that loneliness was often at the root of many health issues, and it alarmed him.
They discuss what it’s like to feel disconnected from your colleagues, especially during the coronavirus pandemic Luckily, doing something about it takes less than you might think.
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