Jump up ^ Schulz, Kathryn (2013-01-06). “The Self in Self-Help: We have no idea what a self is. So how can we fix it?”. New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved 2013-01-11. […] the underlying theory of the self-help industry is contradicted by the self-help industry’s existence.
If you have young children around, you’ll know how easy it is to make them laugh. Their humor is sweet and simple – pure joy from a silly joke or a funny face. Embrace a lighthearted sense of humor; spend the day with a friend that shares the same crazy sense of humor as you, watch stand up comedy online, or read a funny article. Try and get to that crying-laughing-I-have-the-stitch stage at least once a week. It’s healthy!
Therefore, our brain begins to focus less on trying everything for ourselves and more on developing some rules to help us navigate the endless complexity of the world before us. We adopt most of these rules from our parents and teachers. But many of them we figure out for ourselves. For instance, after fucking around near enough open flames, you develop a little mental rule that all flames are dangerous, not just that one on the stove. And after seeing your mom get pissed enough times, you begin to figure out that stealing is always bad, not just when it’s ice cream.
Extremism, on both the right and the left, has undeniably risen in the past few decades. There are likely many complicated and overlapping reasons for this. But I’ll throw out one idea: that the maturity of the voting population is deteriorating. American culture is based on the indulgence of pleasure and avoidance of pain. American consumerism has become so good at indulging these childish impulses that much of the population has come to see them as rights. Extremists on the right respond to the fact that they believe climate change is a hoax or evolution is fake with the claim that they have the right to believe anything they want to. Extremists on the left respond to the fact that people are inherently unequal, and a free, functioning society requires there to be winners and losers by claiming they have a right to whatever treatment someone else has.
Brown, Saul W; Grant, Anthony M (March 2010). “From GROW to GROUP: theoretical issues and a practical model for group coaching in organisations” (PDF). Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice. 3 (1): 30–45. doi:10.1080/17521880903559697.
I make it a point to exercise a few times a week. When I do, I feel great. Working up a sweat and lifting weights makes me feel good about myself and improves my mood. Not surprisingly, when I am busy and can’t make it to the gym, I find I am less motivated in general and my mood sours.
On top of that, these high-level, adult values are the definition of what we consider to be noble and virtuous. It’s the CEO who takes the blame for an employee’s fuck up. It’s the teacher who sacrifices her vacation days to help tutor a struggling student. It’s a friend who risks the friendship by telling you that your partying has gotten out of control.
Most of the weaknesses associated with any given personality type are a result of that type’s dominant function overtaking the personality to the extent that the other functions become slaves to the dominant function. Although it is natural for every personality to be ruled by its dominant function, it becomes a problem when the supporting functions are not allowed to develop fully on their own because they are too busy “serving the master”. In such cases, a personality can become quite imbalanced.
This quote from Will Smith really resonated with us. We believe that you should shoot for stars. Have you found it better to go for your dreams or accept mediocrity? Can you recall a time when your unrealistic expectations paid off? If so, when? 🚀
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Students between the ages of six and twelve offer sage advice at the National Invention Convention on solving real-world problems, big and small. Behold: the Blackberry Picker, Storibot, and the ChemotheraPop.
It depends. Women stop growing around 18 years old. Men stop growing around 21 years old. However, these are just averages. You may stop growing earlier or later, depending on genetics and other factors. If one or both of your parents are naturally tall, then you have a higher chance of being tall.
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For me, it is “logistics.” Strange, isn’t it? But I have a logistical personality type. I move stuff from point A to point B, and I want to become faster, and more efficient about it. I want to be the king of logistics. That passion is the fuel of my own personal growth. “Growth” just happens because I use passion as the guide to where I want to get better.
Meditate. Meditation helps to calm you and be more conscious. I also realized that during the nights when I meditate (before I sleep), I need lesser sleep. The clutter clearing process is very liberating.
There is the basic motivation to improve yourself. It’s either coming from inspiration and you are looking to get better than you already are, or it comes out of desperation: something unpleasant challenges you to grow. For instance, what brought you here today?
Robin, yours is a nice definition, which is focussed on presence and on self-awareness, I enjoyed that. This post again brings me back to one of my main themes of this blog, which is “personal development and spirituality”.
A personal development plan is a process that consists of defining what is important to you, what you want to achieve, what strengths you already have that help to achieve your goals, and what you need to improve and develop with time.
Usually, after a good old-fashioned expectation hangover (when we’ve expected certain things from ourselves or others and found ourselves disappointed — again), we finally wake up and start asking ourselves why that keeps happening.
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Placebo effects can never be wholly discounted. Thus careful studies of “the power of subliminal self-help tapes…showed that their content had no real effect…But that’s not what the participants thought.” “If they thought they’d listened to a self-esteem tape (even though half the labels were wrong), they felt that their self-esteem had gone up. No wonder people keep buying subliminal tape: even though the tapes don’t work, people think they do.” One might then see much of the self-help industry as part of the “skin trades. People need haircuts, massage, dentistry, wigs and glasses, sociology and surgery, as well as love and advice.”—a skin trade, “not a profession and a science” Its practitioners would thus be functioning as “part of the personal service industry rather than as mental health professionals.” While “there is no proof that twelve-step programs ‘are superior to any other intervention in reducing alcohol dependence or alcohol-related problems’,” at the same time it is clear that “there is something about ‘groupishness’ itself which is curative.” Thus for example “smoking increases mortality risk by a factor of just 1.6, while social isolation does so by a factor of 2.0…suggest[ing] an added value to self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous as surrogate communities.”
“Specific areas in which you need to develop in order to achieve your performance objectives, career goals or to improve an aspect of your performance. A personal development objective could be about developing a specific skill or behaviour, or increasing your knowledge in a particular area.”