Self Improvement


This is one of the most important stories in our culture. You're supposed to start at the bottom and work your way toward the top.

If you want to move up in the ladder, you are most welcome, but it should not be an imposition, a mandatory race for everyone.

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Self Improvement

Checking your phone is contagious

A 2021 study suggests the same psychological phenomenon that makes yawns contagious also affects people to check their smartphones.

We subconsciously follow the norms imposed on us by people around us and match our actions with theirs, known as the chameleon effect. This is why people often pick up each others' mood during conversation or why yaws are so contagious.

Relatedness covers our desire to connect and interact with other people. People are more motivated to take action when they're seen as pro-social.

Creating a sense of relatedness means ensuring people build connections with each other. It also means making sure people know the importance of what they're asked to do and how it relates to the rest of the team and organisation. If your team members know who they helped by their efforts, you can guarantee they'll work hard to help those people.

It can keep us from doing things that can hurt us, but it can also paralyse and prevent us from making our lives better.

We can overcome fear by replacing it with something else. For example, if you are fearful of starting your own business, challenge the fear by:

  • Accomplishing one small, achievable project each day, such as finding a mentor.
  • Get creative or learn a new skill.
  • Surround yourself with supporters.
  • Recognise the real value of your life and abilities.

Understanding how electrons move or not through a solid material and so make a material a metal, an insulator or a semiconductor, for example, requires the development of "effective field theories" that don't go into all the details.

But it is difficult to construct such a theory, and the reason why many important questions in solid-state physics remain unresolved.

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