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How to Build Batman-Like Discipline and Willpower. Donning a costume and yelling may also increase your willpower.

How to Build Batman-Like Discipline and Willpower

Batman’s life sucks. It does. He has nearly unlimited wealth and freedom as Bruce Wayne and he can never enjoy it. It’s nearly impossible for him to form meaningful relationships without the fear or pain of having that person murdered as a result of their involvement with him. His days are filled with rigorous training and his nights with battles that often come very close to being fatal.

People's Taste in Music Reveals Their Social Class. By Monica Joshi Gossip Girl showed us that social class and elitism haven't died just yet.

People's Taste in Music Reveals Their Social Class

It seems that if you crank up Top 40s and can't stop listening to Taylor Swift, it's not simply an indicator of your preference for pop music, but also a statement on your socio-economic status. According to new research from the University of British Columbia, your musical tastes may say more about you and your “class” than you think. The connection between “class” and economic means or opportunity is clear: The higher your class (i.e., the higher your household income) the more likely you are to pursue more extravagant pleasures.

It seems quite intuitive that people who are upper class have the means to go to the opera, and therefore might develop a taste for it. 5 Ways to Instantly Improve your Meditation. Meditation is something that seems like it could be easy yet, when you actually practice it you soon realize your mind is a lot harder to quiet then you could ever imagine.

5 Ways to Instantly Improve your Meditation

This can cause frustration which will make your meditation practice even harder and can unfortunately lead you to abandon your practice all together. Over the year though, I have discovered some techniques that you can use anytime you’re having difficulties getting centered and quieting the mind. Here are 5 ways to instantly improve your meditation. Caffeine. Your Concentration Training Program: 11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention. How to Be an Explorer of the World. As a longtime fan of guerrilla artist and illustrator Keri Smith’s Wreck This Box set of interactive journals, part of these 7 favorite activity books for grown-ups, I was delighted to discover her How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum (public library) — a wonderful compendium of 59 ideas for how to get creatively unstuck by engaging with everyday objects and your surroundings in novel ways.

How to Be an Explorer of the World

From mapping found sounds to learning the language of trees to turning time observation into art, these playful and poetic micro-projects aren’t just a simple creativity booster — they’re potent training for what Buddhism would call “living from presence” and inhabiting your life more fully. It all began with this simple list, which Smith scribbled on a piece of paper in the middle a sleepless night in 2007: Eventually, it became the book. Smith says of the book’s curious choice of subtitle: Spread photos via Geek Dad. A Practical Guide to Situational Awareness. By Scott Stewart For the past three weeks we have been running a series in the Security Weekly that focuses on some of the fundamentals of terrorism.

A Practical Guide to Situational Awareness

First, we noted that terrorism is a tactic not exclusive to any one group and that the tactic would not end even if the jihadist threat were to disappear. We then discussed how actors planning terrorist attacks have to follow a planning process and noted that there are times during that process when such plots are vulnerable to detection. Last week we discussed how one of the most important vulnerabilities during the terrorism planning process is surveillance, and we outlined what bad surveillance looks like and described some basic tools to help identify those conducting it. The Art of Manliness.

Interests, Positions, Needs, and Values. What are Interests?

Interests, Positions, Needs, and Values

Interests are desires or goals--the things that people want to achieve in a conflict situation. Unlike people's positions--which are simple statements such as "I'm pro-choice" or "I'm pro-life"--which are positions, the interests underlying those position is the answer to the question "WHY do you want that? " or "WHY do you feel that way? " On the pro-choice side, the interest might then be to protect the ability of the mother to make her own health care decisions, while on the pro-life side, it would be to uphold a religious belief that God, not people, should make choices about life and death.

How to Change Minds: Blaise Pascal on the Art of Persuasion. By Maria Popova “People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.”

How to Change Minds: Blaise Pascal on the Art of Persuasion

If it weren’t for the “backfire effect” — the strange psychological phenomenon behind our propensity for self-righteousness — changing people’s minds wouldn’t be such an uncomfortable luxury. One might even say that moving minds — our own as well as those of others — is among the most effortful labor there is. Nearly half a millennium before modern psychologists identified the three elements of persuasion — attunement, buoyancy, and clarity — French physicist, philosopher, inventor, and mathematician Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623–August 19, 1662) intuited this mechanism as he arrived at a great truth about the secret of persuasion: Pascal came to see that the surest way of defeating the erroneous views of others is not by bombarding the bastion of their self-righteousness but by slipping in through the backdoor of their beliefs.

Thoreau on What It Really Means to Be Awake. Smaller Portions Taste Better and Are More Satisfying. By Natalie Shoemaker A smaller serving doesn't have to mean less satisfying.

Smaller Portions Taste Better and Are More Satisfying

In fact, BPS reports that a recent study has found that when we have smaller portions, we tend to savor the food more, eating more slowly. Psychologists Charles Areni and Iain Black headed up the study, where they tested how we eat more mindfully under different conditions. Improve Your Concentration - Time Management Skills from MindTools.com. Achieving Focus Amid Distractions Learn how to improve your concentration, in this short video.

Improve Your Concentration - Time Management Skills from MindTools.com

How many times have you sat at your desk and tried to focus on a task, only to find that your mind is wandering? Despite your best intentions, you just can't concentrate. We've all been in this familiar, frustrating situation, and it's something that can really undermine your performance. Sherlock Holmes and the infamous brain attic. Illustration: tisserande Maria Konnikova is the author of Mastermind: How to think Like Sherlock Holmes, out January 2013 from Viking, and a blogger at Scientific American.

Sherlock Holmes and the infamous brain attic

Visit her website and follow her on Twitter. One of the most widely held notions about Sherlock Holmes has to do with his supposed ignorance of Copernican theory. “What the deuce is [the solar system] to me?” He exclaims to Watson in A Study in Scarlet. Lessons from Sherlock Holmes Pt.II: Cultivate What You Know to Optimize How You Decide. By Maria Konnikova Today’s lesson from Sherlock Holmes deals with learning to cull and to cultivate knowledge in such a way that your decision process will be optimized for the question at hand, and not get bogged down in irrelevant minutiae – a lesson that is all too relevant in the age of the internet, when we have a constant stream of information at our beck and call.

A mind is an attic: keep yours well organized In “A Study in Scarlet,” Dr. Watson expresses surprise that Holmes is ignorant of Copernican theory and the composition of the solar system. Becoming A Great Observer. The Simple Secret to Having a Clear Mind and Being Totally Present. Do you ever get so overwhelmed that it feels like your head will explode? It’s like you’ve got way too much going on in your head. You’re mentally juggling all the things that you’ve got to do today. How to Overcome Workload Paralysis and Get Back into Action. The Art of Observation and How to Master the Crucial Difference Between Observation and Intuition.

By Maria Popova How to master the crucial difference between the empirical and the intuitive. “In the field of observation,” legendary disease prevention pioneer Louis Pasteur famously proclaimed in 1854, “chance favors only the prepared mind.” “Knowledge comes from noticing resemblances and recurrences in the events that happen around us,” neuroscience godfather Wilfred Trotter asserted. That keen observation is what transmutes information into knowledge is indisputable — look no further than Sherlock Holmes and his exquisite mindfulness for a proof — but how, exactly, does one cultivate that critical faculty? From The Art of Scientific Investigation (public library; public domain) by Cambridge University animal pathology professor W. It is important to realize that observation is much more than merely seeing something; it also involves a mental process. One cannot observe everything closely, therefore one must discriminate and try to select the significant.

The Focused Leader. A primary task of leadership is to direct attention.To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many ways, for different purposes, drawing on different neural pathways—some of which work in concert, while others tend to stand in opposition. Grouping these modes of attention into three broad buckets—focusing on yourself, focusing on others, and focusing on the wider world—sheds new light on the practice of many essential leadership skills. Focusing inward and focusing constructively on others helps leaders cultivate the primary elements of emotional intelligence. A fuller understanding of how they focus on the wider world can improve their ability to devise strategy, innovate, and manage organizations.

Focusing on Yourself Self-awareness. Self-control. Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence. By Maria Popova How top-down attention, feedback loops, and daydreaming play into the science of success. The question of what it takes to excel — to reach genius-level acumen at a chosen endeavor — has occupied psychologists for decades and philosophers for centuries.

Groundbreaking research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than IQ, while psychologists have admonished against the dangers of slipping into autopilot in the quest for skill improvement. In recent years, one of the most persistent pop-psychology claims has been the myth of the “10,000-hour rule” — the idea that this is the amount of time one must invest in practice in order to reach meaningful success in any field. But in Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence (public library), celebrated psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, best-known for his influential 1995 book Emotional Intelligence, debunks the 10,000-hour mythology to reveal the more complex truth beneath the popular rule of thumb:

Why "Deliberate Practice" Is The Only Way To Keep Getting Better. Let's say that you like to play the piano. Maybe you even want to be an expert one day—that way you could write songs for your crush, get in touch with your inner Beethoven, and lead barroom chorales. Sherlock Holmes On Problem Solving. I have always been a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Growing up, I would get sucked into his adventures of mystery and intrigue. From the ever popular Hound of the Baskervilles to his many other short stories there was always some learning involved in how he and Dr. Watson solved the mysteries. I recently read a book that distills some of his greatest lessons into a small accessible volume - A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes . Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of only a handful fiction authors that I’ve read - primarily because he does teach you a lot about how the world around you operates.

On Problem Solving. Sherlock Holmes' Problem-Solving Formula - ThomasNet News. The 3-Pipe Solution: The Underrated Creativity of Sherlock Holmes. How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne. Revenge and the people who seek it. Revenge Causes Psychological Harm to the Avenger. How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne. 4 Ways Creative People Make Ideal Practical Problem Solvers. The Power of Concentration. Zen and the Art of Focus. The Science of How Your Mind-Wandering Is Robbing You of Happiness. How to Effectively Manage Your Attention. Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning. » 100 Ways to Increase Brain Power and Think Like a Genius! The Hidden Art of Achieving Creative Flow : zen habits. Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience. BRAIN ATTIC.