Magical thinking and how we persuade ourselves

Magical thinking is one of the most potent cognitive biases. Of all people in the world, it is easiest for us to lie to ourselves. This self-deception may help us remain strong in times of great danger and uncertainty, and it may also lead to our downfall in times of prosperity and stability. In this …

What is your annual theme?

Today we start a new year, and it is great to start it with renewed purpose and motivation. To do that we use a tool called “annual theme”. You can have weekly or monthly themes, but an annual theme is more appropriate. Today’s selection of articles is very good. Do not miss a chance to …

Grateful and optimistic

I have written many posts about failure, and very little about success. Usually, we think that success is the end to our trouble, but unless we are careful the success can be very dangerous. For today’s most you can read more here, here, here, here, and here. Yin Yang The end of December is the …

Smart is not always rational

Learning is great. When we learn new things our inner world gets richer, we become more proficient in what we do and we can handle more complex tasks. Learning does not necessarily make us healthier, happier or more financially or professionally successful. At least, learning is only a secondary component for each of these venues. …

The escape plan

Productivity burnout is one of my favorite subjects, maybe because I had several close encounters with the phenomenon. I suffered work-related burnout periods more than once, and so did most of my students and friends.  Each time I address the subject, I choose a slightly different perspective. Hope there will be some new ideas in …

Why Authenticity is an Essential Element for the Writer’s Personal Brand

Honesty and personal style are very importand for any creative work, including effective memorization practice.  They can also be very important for effective communication and your career. A professional writer and marketer Jade Parker argues that anyone can develop true authenticity following very simple guidelines, at least when writing. Try to see if you can apply …

Dealing with sleep misconceptions

In this blog I often talk about misconception and sometimes about sleep. It is only natural at some point to deal with popular sleep misconceptions. For further information I suggest reading here, here, here, here, here, here and here. What is a microsleep? A good sleep lasts for several hours, maybe seven hours is a …

Smile to win

No matter how much we know and how productive we are, we do need the help of other people. Communication with others can be the biggest source of fulfilment and of frustration. Today I offer you reading here, here, here, here, here, and here. Smile, the superweapon Smiling is easy and effective. When we smile …

Tips on exercising your brain

We address memory training quite seriously and have many different exercises on our site. In this post, I want to share some training tips inspired by this, this, this and this articles. Specific and generic training If you research a subject or write a code, you do many different and seemingly unconnected tasks. It is …

Creativity: deconstucting the problem solving skills

There is a lot of interest in metalearning and metacognition. Metalearning deals with deconstructing the way we learn. Metacognition deals with deconstructing the way we solve problems. Today I prepared an especially good selection of reading material. Please do spend your time to read here, here, here, here, and here. Four stages of problem solving …