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"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

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The illusion of transparency

The illusion of transparency is a cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the degree to which their thoughts and emotions are apparent to others

For example, the illusion of transparency can cause people who feel nervous about public speaking to overestimate the degree to which their nervousness is noticed by the audience.

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Why You’re Not as Obvious as You Think You Are – Effectiviology

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Decision Fatigue

Decision fatigue is the deterioration of the quality of decisions people make after a long session of decision making.

This was coined by social psychologist Roy Baumeister who argues that making too many decisions eventually depletes our willpower to the point where we're unconcsiously making increasingly poor decisions.

Decision fatigue: how a burden of choices leads to irrational trade-offs

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Confucius

"A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake".

We have hold self-control as a high virtue since the earliest times, and that's why it is a staple in most religions and the moral of many myths.

Why Self-Discipline is so Hard

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Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy is the practice of encouraging reading for its therapeutic effect.

This first use of this term dates back to 1916 from an article named A Literary Clinic. In the article, the author describes a "bibliopathic institute" where reading recommendations are dispensed. The books must do something to you. They may be a stimulant, sedative, an irritant or a soporific.

Can Reading Make You Happier?

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Deep Work And Shallow Work
  • Deep work means those professional tasks that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit done in concentration mode (no distractions)
  • Shallow work relates to the tasks that do not require much cognitive work (logistical-style tasks) performed while distracted most of the time. They don't bring much new value in the world and are easy to duplicate.
We all worry

All people experience negative or troubling thoughts from time to time. Worry helps us to anticipate and prepare for the challenges in life.

But for some, worry can be persistent and overwhelming. People who worry a lot can become depressed and shift to a negative outlook on life.

Most Things You Worry About Will Never Actually Happen

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The Anomaly Of Bad Events
  • Bad news, like a catastrophic event, war, or death, happens quickly and instantly, and spreads like wildfire. A bad event does not take time to manifest, though the foundations have been laid long back, off the radar.
  • Good things take time and happen so slowly that nobody notices that there have been gradual improvements and the problem has now declined or subsided.

Lots of Overnight Tragedies, No Overnight Miracles

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Andy Benoit

"Most geniuses—especially those who lead others—prosper not by deconstructing intricate complexities but by exploiting unrecognized simplicities."

Three Filters Needed to Think Through Problems

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The nudge theory

Behavioral economists show that when humans make quick decisions under pressure, it is based mostly on intuition. They are unconsciously guided by biases and psychological fallacies.

The nudge theory suggests making subtle interventions to nudge people to make certain choices without restricting them. Putting the fruit at eye level counts as a nudge.

Helping people make better choices — Nudge Theory and Choice architecture

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