110 SAVED IDEAS
Our self-image help determine how we react to the daily ups and downs of life. If we think of ourselves as valued, other people will also notice that quality.
Think about how you would describe yourself to a stranger. Would you point to your keen sense of humour or good physical features? Or would you refer to your supposed "trouble areas?" Your answer mostly depends on your mental image of yourself.
A healthy state of mind leads to a positive self-image. It encourages balanced relationships and sound decision-making skills.
People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) see something very wrong every time they look in the mirror. It could be any perceived flaw, such as a large nose or hips. They may obsess over their imperfections and may suffer from depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and other psychological problems.
Although only a small portion of the population is affected by BDD, many people are dissatisfied with their bodies.
We receive messages from media, friends, and family that shape our body image. Adolescents and teens are the most susceptible to a negative body image. Women are more likely to have a negative body image. Men in Western countries feel they must become more muscular to attract females.
On the other hand, women with a healthy body image and self-image report more confidence, heightened optimism, self-esteem and strong relationships.
We all come to art history from some perspective. From this perspective, we are likely to build our mental map of how individual artists and styles of art fit together. When we want to place an artist on the art timeline, we should keep in mind that generalisations are useful only up to a point.
For example, Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky would fit into the movement known as Expressionism (1905-1930). But, his work took on different forms as he associated with various artists in other European cities.
After placing the art you are viewing on a timeline, the next step is to build up a sense of time and place that is specific to the artwork and artist.
The way we interact and understand art is dependent on how the narrative of art history has been produced.
For example, art flourished during the Renaissance. One of the main sources about artists of this time comes from the book 'Lives of the Artists', written by Italian Giorgio Vasari during the 16th-century. Vasari draws a similarity between the passage of time and the artistic achievement of Italian artists. In writing about his fellow countrymen, Vasari wanted to promote the Italian Renaissance to the elevated position of high-achievement in all of art history.
The idea that art is about progress is appealing to historians because it gives a simple linear-narrative framework. But this view tends to be exclusive in that it views Western art as the main story of art history without considering Islamic art, Turkish art, Japanese art, or West Africa's art.
Vasari was an Italian living in Florence and interested in how the art around him was made. We should remember that all art history is tilted with a bias towards the storytelling.
Neuroticism, a personality trait that includes high-anxiety, makes a person move towards psychological themes that are associated with it.
The anxiousness inside the person attracts them to anxiety-inducing movies full of insanity, death, mental illnesses, or supernatural elements.
The horror movie experience gives us a chance to control our anxiety, as we can always cover our eyes, mute the audio, or turn the lights on. If we want more anxiety, we can do the opposite.
Feeling scary for a fictional story can be less consequential and even therapeutic.
Once the movie plot has hooked the audience, the roller-coaster ride can feel good, and one can ‘get in the groove’. Screaming or gasping in horror, imagining the terror of the story that one is indulged in, is the reason why many people find reprieve in horror movies.
Horror movies also act as a training simulation for real-world scenarios, making us better prepared for an apocalyptic situation, for instance.
SMALL, SMART CHOICES + CONSISTENCY + TIME = RADICAL DIFFERENCE
The Compound Effect is the principle of gathering huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. Small, seemingly insignificant steps completed consistently over time will create a radical difference.
Everything in your life exists because you first made a choice about something. Choice is at the center of all success and failure. It is what we choose that makes the biggest difference.
Too often we sleepwalk through our choices. We default to choices that our society and culture tells us we should do. And it's not big choices, but ones that you think don't matter or count for much that derail us.
Repeated choices become habits. The first step toward change is awareness and the best way to become aware is to measure.
Preparation (personal growth) + Attitude (belief/mindset) + Opportunity (a good thing coming your way) + Action (doing something about it) = Luck
Learning leads to knowledge. Studying a topic means you are invested in it.
The world already has tons of knowledge. You don't need to learn more. What you need is to study, to practice, and to take action on the knowledge you have.