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Being kind to our minds

Our cognitive resources are one of the most valuable individual and collective assets we possess.

Cognitive kindness is extending a generosity of spirit toward others' minds and one's own mind. It starts from valuing our individual and collective cognitive abilities - to reason, to understand, to imagine, create, dream, enact.

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Being kind to the mind depends on understanding how our minds work.

For example, studies show that people often overestimate how transparent they appear to others. In one study, participants induced to lie overestimated the extent to which others could tell they were lying.

  • Broadcast your intentions. Even if we think our intentions are apparent to others, they may not be.
  • Broadcast or even exaggerate your interest. If you are attending a presentation that you're very interested in, exaggerate your interest by leaning forward, nodding your head, and making eye contact.
  • Find other ways you can overcome the illusion of transparency with the goal of making another's thinking easier.
Fear is the default for many people

Fears can keep us safe throughout our lives. We lock our doors at night and check for ticks after a hike. But fears can also hold us back - especially at work. We may wonder which valuable ideas got left behind because we couldn't find the courage to speak up.

There is nothing wrong with being afraid, but fear should not rule us.

The emotion we feel when we see a fire is the same feeling we have when we need to have a difficult conversation - it keeps us safe.

We will never stop being scared in this world. Fear doesn't make you weak. But if we give fear power in our lives, it can stop us from doing what we're supposed to do, say what we're supposed to say, and be who we're supposed to be.

We can create monsters of our fears in our heads.

  • We have to stop giving fear power. We do that by saying, "I'm afraid, but I'm going to do it anyway."
  • Saying your fears out loud or writing them down helps - you see how small the fear really is.
  • We can decide always to do the thing we feel compelled to do, even if we feel scared about it.

Being an authentic person means having specific opinions and values, and people who have different values will not like what you say or do.

To overcome the fear of being your authentic self:

  • Show that excellence is not tied to external packaging.
  • Bring yourself to work, then be excellent.
  • Show that your work is going to bring value, even with blue hair or braids.

When you have to do something difficult, ask yourself these questions to determine if you're impulsive or need to speak up.

  • Do I really mean it, or do I just want to hear my own voice?
  • Can I defend it if I'm challenged on it?
  • Can I say it thoughtfully?
How clowns are perceived

When some people think of clowns, they picture brightly coloured hair, big smiles, and lots of laughs.

Others find clowns creepy with evil intentions hiding behind a cheerful, gruesome mask. The intense fear of clowns is called coulrophobia.

At the forefront of modern-day clowns are Joseph Grimaldi and Jean-Gaspard Deburau who excelled at making people laugh, but in real life, Grimaldi died as a penniless alcoholic and Deburau murdered a boy in the street.

They were not unusual. John Wayne Gacy, a professional clown, turned out to be a notorious serial killer. He used to say "A clown can get away with anything." Since then, the perception of the clown seems to have taken a turn.

People may also feel uncomfortable with clowns because the painted-on and exaggerated face pose a false expression, and that breeds distrust.

Sigmund Freud called this disconnect "uncanny". This "uncanny valley" is something computer animators and robot creators have difficulty with.

Wireless communication before cellular technology

The Marconi system made a radio link between systems, which was the size of a building. Eventually, people put up a radio system at a high point in the city, then those with the right kind of radio could talk to the high point.

In essence, there was only one cell, even though it wasn't cellular in any sense. But the amount of data you could send depended on how far away you were. The desire was for these cells to get closer together, leading to the invention of the cellular system.

Phones need to be close to the base station for a good signal. Many cell towers mean you can talk to the one that's closest to you.

What is amazing about the development of cellular systems is that it automatically switched which base station the phone talks to as its location changed.

  • The first-generation cellular systems converted your voice to an analogue signal.
  • The second-generation systems digitized your voice, then send it as a data link to improve stability and security. It could also transmit data across, making it useful to send photos or information, but data moved too slow.
  • Subsequent cellular network generations used increasingly wider bandwidths and were powered by a denser network of base stations.

It is not certain which technologies developed now will be used in 6G networks, but the following are possibilities:

  • 6G networks will allow a much broader set of user types - for humans as well as a broad range of devices with their varying needs.
  • Communication systems are not the only users of the radio frequency system. Radars use the spectrum, as well as position navigation and timing. With 6G, we'll have multi-function systems.
  • Then there is the push to go to higher frequencies.
The Concept of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is our ability to identify, determine, and manage our emotions as well as the emotions of others in order to manage our thoughts and actions.

Being able to relieve stress, communicate effectively, and empathize with others is a part of emotional intelligence since it is a branch of social intelligence.

  1. Self-Awareness - when you can recognize your own emotions
  2. Self-Management - being in control of your reactions and emotions
  3. Social Awareness - being able to understand what is happening to the society you're in; and
  4. Relationship Management - when you're able to inspire people to develop and change themselves

It is important that we cultivate and expand our understanding of what emotional intelligence is because it brings so many benefits into our lives: it helps achieve goals and build communication with different people at different levels.

Emotionally intelligent people are more cognitive and productive. Alongside this, it also includes an increase in one's job performance and leadership skills that may lead to success.

Developing Emotional Intelligence to Produce Better Productivity Results
  1. Learn the concept of emotional intelligence and understand its role in your productivity and success.
  2. Take tests to figure out how emotionally intelligent you are.
  3. Watch motivational videos that talk about boosting your emotional intelligence and those that provide their insighs for better productivity
  4. Involve yourself with social work such as chairty, donations, or volunteering.
  5. Pay attention to your workspace and keep things organized.

Cultivating one's own emotional intelligence is a lengthy process and it is does not happen in an instant so concentrate on self-awareness:

  • Listen to your body and don't overwork yourself
  • Listen to your heart and connect words with emotions. It is important to know why you feel a certain way, what triggers certain behaviors and emotions, and figure out what you can do to better the situation
  • Be more understanding towards yourself and the unconscious behavior you may have not been noticing

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