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Tom Swerts

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It's so easy to forget how you can maintain your mental health. That's why I like these short bits of inspirational reminders.

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Weapons of influence

Fixed action patterns

Such patterns reduce brain strain by allowing us to act without thinking in every situation.

This can also be used for duping us.

  • Reciprocation
  • Commitment and consistency
  • Social proof
  • Liking
  • Authority
  • Scarcity

Contrast principle

We perceive things which are presented one after the other differently than those shown in isolation.

i.e. Cloth sellers will try to make the buyer buy the most expensive item on their list first.

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Nowadays, people worry about a “desert scenario,” where no new particles will be found for many decades to come, if ever.

This point of view is wrong.

The first two decades of this century have been pretty successful for physics:

  1. the discovery of the Higgs particle
  2. the detection of gravitational waves
  3. the first image of a black hole

95 Percent of the universe is missing. 

The aim of physics is to understand in a precise, mathematical way all manifestation of matter and energy in the universe.

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Principles

  1. Don't criticize, condemn, or complain.
  2. Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Attitude: Empathy

Being empathetic is a deeper, more visceral and emotional response than mere sympathy. Sympathy is to feel something for someone, but empathy means to feel it with them.

Empathy is a powerful tool both for understanding people around you, but also making them feel understood. When people feel understood, they can relax their defensive desire to fight for status or rightness, and genuinely open themselves to then understanding you.

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Responsibility - From “I have to” to ...
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”

From bosses’ demands, plans and commitments, familial obligations, and friends in need, to text messages, emails, calendar invites, and day-to-day news, it is dangerously easy to fall prey to the illusion that these things control our time. 

We cannot control the events of circumstance, but we are always in control of our response. We are free to choose the destination to which we want to aim our lives.

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