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Taking a break is part of your job. These are the signs that you have high emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence can mean the difference between behaving in a socially acceptable way and being considered to be way out of line. While most people will have heard of emotional intelligence, not many people really know how to spot it – in themselves or in others. Emotional intelligence is essentially the way you perceive, understand, express, and manage emotions. And it’s important because the more you understand these aspects of yourself, the better your mental health and social behaviour will be.

It might be these are things you do without even really thinking – which can be the case for a lot of people. Or it might be that these are skills you know you need to work on. Either way, improved emotional intelligence can be very useful in all sorts of circumstances – be it in work, at home, in school, or even when you’re just socialising with your friends. So if you want to know if you’re emotionally intelligent, simply check the list below. 1. 2. 3. 4. The formula for winning at life is actually incredibly simple. Welcome, Player One, to a strategy guide for the game known as Life. As you’ve undoubtedly discovered, the game of Life is often quite difficult.

You will face unexpected challenges and long periods of frustration. You will often struggle with self-doubt, feel overwhelmed by helplessness and loss, and sometimes take a shit when you’re out of toilet paper. Yes, Life is hard, as the saying goes. But fear not, this short guide is designed to help you complete your missions and complete the game at the highest possible level. The goal of Life is simple: it is to Level Up as much as possible. Each Level in life presents a particular challenge that you must overcome.

There are five levels in life: Level 1 – Find food; find a bed to sleep in at nightLevel 2 – Know you’re not going to dieLevel 3 – Find your peopleLevel 4 – Do something that’s important and valuable to both yourself and othersLevel 5 – Create a legacy Level 1 just means you’re not homeless and/or starving. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. To Be More Likable and Make a Great First Impression, Science Says First Do 1 Thing. Here's how successful people think differently. Successful people come from all walks of life, yet they all have one thing in common: where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome. Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by their ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many otherwise sensible people back.

Obstacles do not block the path; they are the path. This perspective helps successful people to think differently to everyone else, which is important, because if you think like everyone else, no matter how smart or experienced you are, you’ll hit the same ceiling. By thinking outside the box and going against the grain, successful people rise above their limitations. We all know how important it is to approach problems with radical optimism and creativity, but this is easier said than done. Too often we attribute creative and “different” thinking to natural, innate characteristics that belong only to the lucky. They’re confident. They’re composed. They’re honest. Soyez vous même, les autres sont déjà pris - Rémi Rivas. What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)

The lucid dreaming playbook: how to take charge of your dreams. In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as milam aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having practitioners perform yoga in their dreams. It’s a ritualised version of one of the most mysterious faculties of the human mind: to know that we’re dreaming even while asleep, a state known as lucid dreaming. Lucidity (awareness of the dream) is different to control (having power over the parameters of the experience, which can include summoning up objects and people, attaining superpowers and travelling to fantastic worlds). But the two are closely linked, and many ancient spiritual traditions teach that dreams can yield to us with time and practice.

How? As a researcher in psychology, I’ve approached this question scientifically. Despite the long history of lucid dreaming in human societies, it wasn’t until 1975 that researchers came up with an ingenious way to verify the phenomenon empirically. Subscribe to Aeon’s Newsletter 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Republish Denholm Aspy. How Perfectionists Can Get Out of Their Own Way. 6 common myths about meditation you need to stop believing.

Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic pain, reduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us. But even with all this interest, misconceptions about what this ancient practice can do for human health and well-being are still circulating. 1. There is only one type of meditation Only some meditations involve sitting quietly with legs crossed. Qi Gong and Tai Chi, for example, focus on meditative movement. This combines a relaxed but alert state of mind with slow movements and gentle breathing. Others, like Tibetan Buddhist meditation involve visualisations and/or mantras. Many types also encourage bringing meditation into ordinary daily activities – such as mindful dish washing involving paying attention to the sensations of the water and hand movements. 2.

Stable non-reactive attention is developed in all meditation types, but it is particularly targeted in mindfulness practices. 3. 4. 5. 6. The two mental shifts highly successful people make. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second. Both of these shifts require a great deal of mental stretching from conventional and societal ways of thinking. In many ways, these shifts require you to unlearn the negative and sabotaging programming from your youth, public education, and even adulthood. The foundation of the first shift is the sublime power of choice and individual responsibility. Unfortunately, the results of the first shift can be overly-satisfying on one hand or paralyzing on the other.

For example, when a musician starts out, they write lots of music for the love of it. Their focus shifts from why they’re writing music to what their music has brought them. In this article, I explain the process of experiencing the first and second shift. I'm a millennial who spent a year devising a data-driven approach to behaving ethically. Here it is. Britain’s health care system has been broken for quite some time, but it’s not beyond repair. While US president Donald Trump was incorrect about why people were marching about the National Health Service (they were protesting the level of government spending), there was some truth in what he said about “health care going broke and not working.”

But judging by many Brits’ responses to Trump’s comments, which were not taken well, you might think the UK’s free health care system is perfect. It really isn’t. Like many other nations, Britons see America’s health care system as the antithesis of good care. In comparison to the cost and complication of the US system, the UK’s national health service looks dreamy: No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your profession, you simply get the care you need—for free. Consequently, Brits adore the NHS and hold it up as a sacred idol. The NHS is not that great Services provided to patients are underwhelming too. A case study in failure. 10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them. For your reading pleasure, here are ten schools of philosophy you should know about.

Some of them are commonly misunderstood, and we correct that problem here. Nihilism The leading philosophy among angsty teens who misunderstand Nietzsche. The root of the word 'nihilism' is derived from the Latin nihil, meaning "nothing", and it is a more of a series of related positions and problems than a single school of thought. The key idea of it is the lack of belief in meaning or substance in an area of philosophy. As opposed to popular understanding, Nietzsche was not a nihilist. Existentialism The leading philosophy among angsty undergraduates who understand Nietzsche. Existentialism is a school of thought originating in the work of Soren Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. The existentialists also included Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Martin Heidegger.

Stoicism A philosophy popular in ancient Greece and Rome, and practiced today by many people in high-stress environments. Hedonism Marxism Taoism. 10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them. What to Do When a Personal Crisis Is Hurting Your Professional Life. Solving Product Design Exercises: Interview Questions & Answers. Why the majority is always wrong | Paul Rulkens | TEDxMaastricht. Leonardo Da Vinci is history’s best case for wasting time. You probably know to ask yourself, "What do I want?" Here's a way better question. Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.

Everyone would like that — it’s easy to like that. If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” And you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything. A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for?

Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence — but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It. Executive Summary We’re all looking for purpose. Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it, or in some way we’re falling short. But in the midst of all this angst, we’re also suffering from fundamental misconceptions about purpose.

Challenging these misconceptions could help us develop a more rounded vision of purpose. The first misconception is that purpose is a thing you find. “How do I find my purpose?” Ever since Daniel Gulati, Oliver Segovia, and I published Passion & Purpose six years ago, I’ve received hundreds of questions — from younger and older people alike — about purpose. But in the midst of all this angst, I think we’re also suffering from what I see as fundamental misconceptions about purpose — neatly encapsulated by the question I receive most frequently: “How do I find my purpose?” Misconception #1: Purpose is only a thing you find. Make no mistake: That can happen, at least in some form. Misconception #2: Purpose is a single thing. 20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning.

20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning Recently we took at look at the phases of inquiry-based learning through a framework, and even apps that were conducive to inquiry-based learning on the iPad. During our research for the phases framework, we stumbled across the following breakdown of the inquiry process for learning on 21stcenturyhsie.weebly.com (who offer the references that appear below the graphic).

Most helpfully, it offers 20 questions that can guide student research at any stage, including: What do I want to know about this topic? How do I know I know it? What kinds of resources might help? How do I know the info is valid? These stages have some overlap with self-directed learning. References Cross, M. (1996). Kuhlthau, C., Maniotes, L., & Caspari, A. (2007). Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness. Human Consciousness Human consciousness has been defined as awareness, sentience, a person’s ability to experience and feel, but despite the important role it plays in our lives and making us who we are, we actually know very little about how consciousness works.

Scientists currently believe that consciousness is composed of two components: arousal and awareness. The first is regulated by the brainstem, but the physical origins of the latter were always a mystery. Now, a team of researchers at Harvard think they may have discovered the regions of the brain that work with the brainstem to maintain consciousness. “For the first time, we have found a connection between the brainstem region involved in arousal and regions involved in awareness, two prerequisites for consciousness,” said Michael D. To better understand why some patients were able to maintain consciousness despite injuries while others went into comas, the researchers analyzed 36 patients with brainstem lesions. How to Find Something You Would Die for, and Live for It – Medium.

✍️ by Peter Diamandis This post is about achieving “significance” during exponential times. Significance is the feeling that your life (and your work) has had a meaningful and lasting impact. And today, during these exponential times, that impact can be greater than any time in history. Significance Over Success — Choosing Your Target Too many people spend their whole life on a treadmill striving for financial success and/or fame. People often take a job or start a company because they think it’s a quick way to get rich or get noticed, i.e. to be successful. Throughout my career, whenever I’ve started a company just to make money, it’s been a mistake. On the flip side, when I start a company to solve a problem truly important to me, one that excites me, even if the solution takes 10 years, every one of those 10 years are well spent — educational and fulfilling.

When given a choice to prioritize significance (meaningfulness) over success (financial or otherwise), take it. Identifying Your Target. Outsmart Your Own Biases. Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your finger on what—you just have a sense. How do you decide whether to hire her? You might trust your intuition, which has guided you well in the past, and send her on her way. It can be dangerous to rely too heavily on what experts call System 1 thinking—automatic judgments that stem from associations stored in memory—instead of logically working through the information that’s available.

We are all susceptible to such biases, especially when we’re fatigued, stressed, or multitasking. Most of us tend to be overconfident in our estimates. One solution is to delegate and to fight bias at the organizational level, using choice architecture to modify the environment in which decisions are made.