Magnetic mind: memories are the fundament of our identity

Our mind is magnetic and we should use it! The power of our identity can shape the way we learn.  Our experiences and memories shape our identity. We assemble ourselves from bits and pieces and attract things we truly need. For more information read here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Dr. Manhatten’s story …

Executive functions: Willpower, discipline and anxiety

Most of my students are very focused, motivated and responsible. These good qualities often have a side-effect of people pressing themselves too hard or running from inner demons. It is important to find the right balance. For more reading check here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Improving executive functions By practicing memory and visualization, …

The arts of memory

We try to decipher the codes of Giordano Bruno, and especially the arts of memory presented in his books. Somehow he managed to combine in one text quite a lot: PAO-like visual cues, healing visualization, geometric formulas, almosts kabbalistic text manipulations and mystical practice now lost. I will not try to analyze the original texts, …

Stress of confinement: the problem and the cures

Being confined is one of the most stressful conditions. It is like being in jail, quite often without doing anything bad. During the COVID-19 crisis, most of us experienced some sort of confinement anxiety. Some of us feel confined now.  There are things we can do to make things better. For this article I read …

Addicted to being busy

Are we busy because it serves us or because we want to be busy? Why millennials appear to be more productive and miserable than the generations before them? Is this a new step in our cultural evolution, or yet another dead end? The main claim of this article: “Being busy is more than just feeling …

Stay home lifestyle

Staying home is a great way to have fun, whether we choose the staycation on not. Here are some reasons why. Get closer with your family Staying close with the family we appreciate more what we have. We learn to cope with less pleasant aspects of each other and enjoy the better aspects. The things …

Humor that can change our world

Humor is more powerful than we think. It can change the world and make it better. Today I want to outline weaponizing humor for self-improvement. For more reading I suggest taking a peek here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. The truth is ridiculous One of the things we learn in writing classes is the …

Strategy and resilience: planning in uncertain environment

We live in an uncertain environment. Nothing we learn truly teaches us to deal with uncertainty. Even very rational people behave irrationally in an uncertain environment. Here are some ideas that help me personally deal with uncertainty. Show sport spirit Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, no matter how smart we are. If we …

Working from home effectively

Working from home has suddenly become a new norm, yet there is nothing normal about it. I will share a few of my own experiences. Hope you will find them useful. One internet connection is never enough We often trust the internet provider we have, but to be honest, this trust is misplaced. The internet …

Learn These 5 Things While You Sleep

This guest post by Ashley Halsey is somewhat different. It deals with things you can learn while you sleep. Personally I tried to research this area with mixed results. You need to sleep effectively for long-term memorization, and trying to learn something as you sleep may interfere with the things you are trying to learn …