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Part III “Taking the Stage”

Gruenfeld contends that acting is not faking—we are just wearing our roles; the author suggests that we try to accept the reality of the stage we are on as in to immerse ourselves fully in it and show a version of self that makes sense. 

Gruenfeld contends that acting is not faking—we are just wearing our roles; the author suggests that we try to accept the reality of the stage we are on as in to immerse ourselves fully in it and show a version of self that makes sense. 


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Acting with power

Acting with power

In the book, she credits the program with the understanding that “power comes from the role we play.” Successful actors do not let their insecurities hinder them from doing what they need. She emphasizes that actors “step away from their own drama and learn how to play a ...


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More power

Gruenfeld offers a caveat that when an individual thinks much of the power he possesses, he thinks of power as a resource so he can get the attention of others. In turn, he perceives that the accumulation of power is the end in itself and so he does all things whatever it takes to get such a cove...


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Part I “When The Curtain Goes Up”

Part I “When The Curtain Goes Up” discusses the concept of power—meaning, myths, and truths. The construct of power is very interesting to anyone; humans are so fascinated about this topic. Psychologists believe that it is because humans are afraid of death and power promises somehow a kind of im...


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Part II “The Two Faces of Power”

Playing high does not mean immediately landing on the top. A person who exemplifies power-up does not have a hint of self-doubt, maximizes his comfort, speaks slowly and deliberately, and uses complete sentences.  

On the other hand, playing power down invites connection and cooperation. A ...


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Part IV “Understanding Abuses of Power, and How to Stop Them”

She argues “power sometimes corrupts but abuses of power can be avoided.” Moreover, according to the author, the effects of power are:

(1) disinhibition, people act more readily on almost all kinds of impulses;

(2) objectification, treating humans as objects to attain personal aims; a...


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A teacher who wants to explore more in life

This has helped me learn about embracing my role in life


Where Does The Inverted Curve Apply?

  1. Control- The more we accept our feelings and impulses instead of controlling them, the more we’re able to direct and process them.
  2. Freedom- It’s only by limiting ourselves–by choosing and committing to certain things in life–that we truly exercise ou...

Taking Responsibility for our Life

Most of us have been bought up to behave in a certain socially acceptable and normal way, and we simply stick to the script and 'fit' ourselves in a certain mold, living a stereotyped life.

We need to take responsibility for creating a life that makes sense for us, as we are the authors...

The problem at its heart...

Time is linear, but our perception of it is non-linear. And since we accept perception as reality, our distorted sense of time puts us in a distorted reality. 

No wonder we have trouble consistently progressing over time. 

We don’t rate or value (or even respect) each moment equally. ...

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