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Preparing your mind for creative achievement in the modern world
Jim Stone Ph.D.
Many monsters haunt our political arguments on social media. And whoever fights monsters must take care not to become a monster.
Sarcasm often doesn't work on social media. Here's why.
You and I don't communicate as well as we think we do. We don't speak as clearly as we intend. And we don't interpret the things other people say as well we think we do, either.
Admit it: You argue to win. And that's a good thing, as long as you keep one important fact in mind.
Arguments have many upsides, as long as people feel secure. Here are two more.
We can understand human reasoning better if we see it as a dance with four key moves.
Is it useful to engage with unreasonable people on the other side of the political aisle?
The problem with contemporary political discourse is not bias and laziness. It's tribalism.
With authoritarians on both the Right and the Left dominating political discourse, it's tough (and sometimes unsafe) for the sensible center to get a word in edgewise.
Computer science can improve our psychological health by absolving us from the guilt of being disorganized.
When we embrace diversity, we reap benefits in the long term, with much conflict in the short term.
Our minds must operate in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Yet their underlying hardware was molded in a tribal context on the African Savanna. How can we make this work?
Myside bias makes us notice, search for, and favor evidence that supports what we already believe. Why do we do this? And is it worse on social media?
Do you have several half-finished projects going at a time? If so, here's a neat trick that might help you finish things more often.
Here's how passion, action, and reason work together to help you get things done.
A psychologist visited Paris and lost weight. He credits the soda.
Are you stressed out or anxious about too many parts of your life? The modern world might be to blame.
You can't eat flowers (like chocolate). You can't use them to get coffee (like a gift card). Why do we still give people flowers as gifts?
Does an audience improve or inhibit performance? It depends.
Can we coherently show full contrition without free will? It depends on what you mean by, "If I had it to do over again, I would have done something different."
Here's how to de-clutter your mind, and never run out of toilet paper again.
Political discussions would go better if we were less biased. That said, here's a skill that will lead to more productive political discussions, even if we remain biased.
Are you worried that you're doing too much planning and not enough doing? Once you know the purpose of personal project plans, you'll know just how much to plan, and when.
When others won’t accept us as we are, what do we do? We must choose between two important values.
Here are 4 mindset shifts that can help us win at life.
Learn why we bounce between optimism and pessimism while working on large projects. And discover 6 ways to deal with these mood swings.
If our psycho-social needs go unmet at work, our work can feel oppressive in a number of ways. Here are 8 suggestions for making our work less oppressive.
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Jim Stone, Ph.D., is a philosopher, avid student of motivational psychology, and developer of personal productivity software and workshops.
In this blog I will discuss ways we can prepare our minds for creative achievement in the buzz and confusion of the modern world.