Max Johnston

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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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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.

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
Self-Control Components

Self-control has two components:

  • Our ability to resist temptations
  • Our ability to exercise control over our behaviour and emotions.

Self-control plays a key role in our lives, keeping us sane and alive, as we don’t give in to things that may be harmful now or in the future. It involves resilience, tolerance, patience, time and effort investment and deliberate practice.

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.

  • 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.
Successful people stick to their reading habit

A random sampling of the world’s most successful people will show one common trait: a love of reading. Because reading is the easiest way to continue the learning process. 

Dreams are a common experience throughout the world, with human beings, animals and even birds being able to dream in their sleep.


According to a cluster of studies over the ages, a few theories about dreams:

  • Dreams reveal hidden truths and desires.
  • They help us process intense emotions.
  • They help in sorting through and consolidating memories.
  • Dreams help make sense of random neuron activity.
  • Dreams help in rehearsing a response to a challenging situation.
  • Dreams assist us to dramatize our personal concerns.

Many cultures and traditions interpret dreams in different ways, and bad dreams, it turns out, may not be that bad.


Negative dreams can forewarn us and make us handle things in a better way, if and when the situation arises in real life.

Why some like learning something new

If you get excited by the possibility of learning something new and complex, and you get intrigued by nuance and imaginative scenarios you may have an influx of dopamine in your synapses.

Dopamine is often labelled the "feel-good molecule". However, this is a misconception. Dopamine's primary role is to make us want things, not necessarily like things. It is an energising force, motivating us to explore.

Anger is caused by impulsive judgment

Getting angry is about facing some form of perceived threat. It also involves a knee-jerk reaction to negative feelings such as shame, guilt, anxiety, powerlessness, rejection, or feelings of inadequacy.

Anger is often caused by impulsive judgment about an event or behaviors.

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