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The Psychology of Your Future Self and How Your Present Illusions Hinder Your Future Happiness. Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self. Increase Your Motivation by Consulting Your Past and Future Self. Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self. Entanglement : Invisibilia. The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds. By Maria Popova How the disconnect between information and insight explains our dangerous self-righteousness.

The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds

“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind,” I wrote in reflecting on the 7 most important things I learned in 7 years of Brain Pickings. It’s a conundrum most of us grapple with — on the one hand, the awareness that personal growth means transcending our smaller selves as we reach for a more dimensional, intelligent, and enlightened understanding of the world, and on the other hand, the excruciating growing pains of evolving or completely abandoning our former, more inferior beliefs as we integrate new knowledge and insight into our comprehension of how life works. That discomfort, in fact, can be so intolerable that we often go to great lengths to disguise or deny our changing beliefs by paying less attention to information that contradicts our present convictions and more to that which confirms them.

So where does this leave us? Harness Your Mind's "Future Self" Bias to Make Better Decisions. How Traditional Parenting Is Harming Children ... And Benefiting Conservative Ideology. Photo Credit: PathDoc/Shutterstock.com May 8, 2014 | Like this article?

How Traditional Parenting Is Harming Children ... And Benefiting Conservative Ideology

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. From The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting by Alfie Kohn. Why We Stay In Crappy Situations (And How To Get Out Of Them) Change sucks.

Why We Stay In Crappy Situations (And How To Get Out Of Them)

That’s why we stay in bad relationships, eat at the same restaurants, and take the same path to work every day. Do You Procrastinate? Maybe It's A Form Of Wisdom. Procrastination can make us feel guilty, unproductive, riddled with failure.

Do You Procrastinate? Maybe It's A Form Of Wisdom

You know what it feels like and how it looks: Just one more round of checking social media. A spontaneous Netflix marathon. That closet that suddenly really needs to be organized. Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self. Ask Yourself These Three Questions to Reinvigorate Your Motivation. The metamorphoses of the self-employed. And so it continues.

The metamorphoses of the self-employed

Yesterday’s labour market statistics showed that the self-employment figures are up once again. Close to 75,000 more people became self-employed in the last 3 months of this year, which means we’ve seen an increase of around 340,000 over the last 12 months alone. A report we published a few weeks ago takes a closer look at who these people are, why they’re starting up in business, and what being self-employed means to them personally. The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth. By Maria Popova “When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend.”

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,” William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, ”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like circumstances.” How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit.

By Maria Popova Why magic numbers always require a grain of empirical salt.

How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit

“We are what we repeatedly do,” Aristotle proclaimed. “Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,” William James wrote. The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on sticking to resolutions. It’s the second week in January and, at about this time, that resolution that seemed so reasonable a week ago — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard.

The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on sticking to resolutions

As you are teetering on the edge of abandoning it all together, Kelly McGonigal is here to help. This Stanford University psychologist — who shared last year how you can make stress your friend — wants you to know that you’re not having a hard time sticking to a resolution because you are a terrible person. Perhaps you’ve just formulated the wrong resolution. McGonigal has, for years, taught a course called “The Science of Willpower” through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program and, in 2011, she spun it into a book, The Willpower Instinct. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. By Maria Popova “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love.

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. The Science of Productivity, Animated. William James on Habit. The Psychology of Self-Control. By Maria Popova “Everyone’s self-control is a limited resource; it’s like muscle strength: the more we use it, the less remains in the tank, until we replenish it with rest.”

The Psychology of Self-Control

Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habit in how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habits, maximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity. And yet, if the market for self-help books and to-do apps and productivity tools is any indication, a great many of us still struggle with either understanding the psychology of habit and willpower or applying it to what really matters. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Required watching for any TED speaker: The science of stage fright. One thing can strike fear into the heart of the fiercest warrior, the most powerful CEO and the smartest person in any given room: having to speak in public. The thought of it makes the palms sweat, the heart beat faster and the limbs start to shake.

An estimated 75% of people have a fear of speaking in public, and it’s something that nearly everyone who takes the TED stage must work hard to overcome. Learn to Play a Musical Instrument in Less Time with Slower Practice. The Secret to Breaking Out of Our Most Destructive Habits. This file illustration photo shows a functional magnetic resonance image (fMRI). US researchers have published incredibly detailed images of the human brain as part of an international project aimed at uncovering how brain architecture influences personal Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favorite stories, as it’s been for millions of others since it was written in 1843. Who doesn’t start sniffling when reading this classic tearjerker about Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold, bitter old man dragged—by the ghosts of his past, present, and potential future—on a terrifying midnight journey of self-discovery, from which he emerges transformed and redeemed?

Most people love movies about driven, selfish people who, struck by the life-altering experience of sudden love or near loss, eventually see the light and blossom into life-affirming menschen. Miraculous conversion stories appeal to the wishful thinker in all of us. Habits Rule.