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Adaptability

It is an important characteristic to have not only in ourselves but should also be encouraged within our teams and the entire organization in order to stay ahead of the times and prevent obsolescence.

For many organizations to stay afloat they need to think and act adaptively to their surroundings and digital stages.

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Common Mistake on Trendiness

Many companies often don't allow themselves to go where the trend is or are unwilling to adapt to the times because of its newness.

There are multiple reasons as to why this happens:

  • There is a lack of self- or situational awareness;
  • Poor communication;
  • Undecided / unclear decisions;
  • Having pretentiousness or a big ego; and
  • There is a lack of accountability
Adaptable People Are...
  • Experimental because they have the mental fortitude to face uncertainty
  • Resourceful
  • Those who see opportunity where the other sees failure
  • Forward thinkers
  • Patient and understanding
  • Accountable for their own actions
  • Able to engage in positive self-talk
  • Humble and do not care about the temporary spotlight
  • Curious because it enables growth
  • Adaptable
  • People who tend to stay on trend
  • Who looks at the bigger picture
  • Open-minded to other people's point of views
  • Firm believers on what they stand for.
Archetypes In Jungian Psychology

Introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, archetypes represent universal patterns and visuals that form the collective unconsciousness.

He identified four main archetypes: The Persona, The Shadow, The Animus, and The Self. These archetypes are not inferred directly, but by looking at religion, dreams, literature and art. The archetypes suggested by Carl Jung are universal, hereditary and play a significant role in our personality.

Individual or personal unconscious is part of the three components of the human psyche, apart from the ego and the collective unconscious.

The ego represents the consciousness and the personal unconscious contains suppressed and repressed memories.

Carl Jung rejected the theory of ‘tabula rasa’ which asserts that the human mind is completely blank at birth, ready to be programmed with life experiences and education. The human mind retains its fundamental biological aspects, the primordial images that provide a basic foundation for the individual.

Apart from the four main archetypes, Carl Jung also describes many other such identities like the father, the mother, the hero, the trickster or the child.

The persona is a kind of behavioural mask. It is the way we present ourselves in social groups and situations. Right from our childhood, we are taught to behave in a certain way to fit the expectations and norms of society. It suppresses all our primitive urges, impulses and feelings that are not acceptable in society.

People who start to believe in their own persona tend to move away from their true selves.

The shadow is part of the unconscious mind, made up of our repressed ideas, desires, weaknesses, shortcomings and instincts. In our attempt to portray a certain persona, we create this shadow, our cache of envy, greed, prejudice, hate and violence.

It is a darker side of our psyche that appears in dreams as a snake, a demon, or some other dark and wild creature.

The Anima (female) or the Animus (male) are the sex and gender identities/roles that behave like Yin-Yang. The male and female energies are a balance influencing one another at all times. The Animus represents the male aspect in females, while the Anima is the female aspect in males. Society enforces strict gender stereotypes, which constrains normal psychological development.

The combined energy is called ‘syzygy’ or the divine couple, representing completion, unification and oneness.

  • The Self is a circle, or ‘zero’, which represents the unified unconsciousness and consciousness of an individual.
  • Individuation is a process in which all aspects of our personality are integrated and in harmony.
  • The ego is the center of consciousness, but the self is at the center of our personality. An ego is false most of the time, but a self is always authentic and real.
  • Our personality is not just our consciousness, but also our ego and our unconsciousness.
  • If the circumference of a circle is our self, the ego is just the dot at the center.
Mercury Retrograde

Astronomy is at loggerheads with astrology when it comes to Mercury Retrograde, in which Mercury, the planet associated with communication, appears to move backwards and seemingly causes chaos, tension, missed flights, crashed computers and lost phones!

  • Astrology is an ancient science first documented in Hindu cultures, along with Chinese and Maya civilizations.
  • Astrology articles dating back to the mid-18th century note that farmers would sync the planting schedule based on the planetary configurations.
  • During the Victorian era, interest in astrology boomed, and many astrologers connected Mercury Retrograde with heavy rainfall, ill omens and minor inconveniences.
  • By 1970, horoscopes became mainstream, with newspaper articles giving full attention to the planetary phenomenon that is apparently affecting our lives.

Scientific calculations show that the gravitational effect of Mercury is negligible, the backward moving effect of Mercury during the retrograde phase is simply an illusion, a trick of perspective.

Modern science, therefore, concludes that the hoopla of Mercury retrograde is just confirmation bias, and the problems, snags and delays continue throughout the year, not just when the planet shifts to back gear.

That Annoying Bag Of Clutter

Spring cleaning is a thoughtful, slow process to declutter where we slowly consider each knick-knack and decide what to do with those old tee shirts, magazines, refrigerator finds, and stuff lying around the house.

There is a much faster process, where we take a big bag and fill it with things that simply annoy us. This Annoying Bag would digest the stuff we don’t know what to do with, or simply don’t like now.

Marie Kondo
“Use this time at home to take inventory of your possessions — and to re-evaluate your relationship with them. Cultivate an awareness of what you have. On a practical level, this will prevent overbuying things, but I hope it will also bring a renewed appreciation for all that you do have.”
The prevalent theory of dishonesty

From a legal perspective, dishonesty is the idea of cost-benefit analysis. When people think about being dishonest, they wonder what can be gained or what can be lost. If the cost of lying is too high, they are not going to be dishonest.

People often feel the need to rationalize their dishonesty. The danger is taking that first step.

The story of Joe Papp, an Olympic cyclist falls into this category. Papp consulted his physician, who wrote Papp a prescription for erythropoietin (EPO), a cancer treatment that increases the production of red blood cells. Papp injected himself, but also imported and distributed EPO to his team and to other teams. This essentially made him a drug dealer.

People that are required to put their signature at the top of a document instead of the bottom are more likely to provide truthful information.

They are confirming that the information they’re about to provide is true before they have a chance to falsify it.

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