Why You Should Recognize Verbal Jabs but Not React

Verbal jabs are comments which hint on a weakness, misdoing, or sensitive topic of yours. These comments are meant to elicit a response of revenge or anger by design, and are typically effective in doing so. The potency of verbal jabs stems from the fact that they are often implicit in how they’re delivered. It takes some thought to figure out the true meaning of a well-placed and painful comment from another. Your anger will be delayed, which in itself will put you at a disadvantage should you want to respond to a particular comment made by the other. This article...

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Addressing the intuitive feelings others have in certain situations will develop trust and camaraderie between the two of you.

Why You Should Cancel Out Others’ Intuition

There may have been times when you’ve witnessed your intuition being correct. Whether it was about someone you couldn’t trust, or about a dog you shouldn’t pet, our intuitive feelings often prove to serve for our own benefit. Whether you want to analyze intuition scientifically and label it as pattern recognition, or take the more mystical approach, it’s difficult to argue against its existence. Many of the theories you read here, and in other articles, are derived from an intuitive observation of human beings. We observe patterns that can be applied to those we aim to influence in life. Sometimes our...

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Forcing our interests on others can not always go to plan. Be careful being forceful with what you want others to listen to, as it may bring forth unnecessary stress.

Why You Should Let Others Play Music in the Car

The example of playing music in a car will be used as a metaphor for forcing your interests upon others. Taste in music is a personal matter. If you’ve ever been on a car ride with a few friends, you may have noticed there are people who itch to play their favorite songs for everyone else. As if yearning for acceptance of their tastes, some try hard to have their playlists be heard by others. They take pride in introducing others to new music and having their tastes reaffirmed by those who they respect. In hopes of garnering praise from those...

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Increasing your presence can lower your workload.

How to Use Presence to Lessen Your Workload (at Work)

There are days when tasks at work seem to originate from a never-ending source. You’ll find yourself swallowed up in things you should be doing, and even feel overwhelmed. The feeling of being flooded with things to do is hellish. The thoughts which live in the deepest portions of your psyche may fear losing your job, or may keep telling you to walk away from it. The stress which being behind on work gives birth to makes you act emotionally toward seemingly docile asks. It puts you at risk of doing or saying something that wouldn’t normally cross your mind....

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How to Handle Being Turned Into a Meme

Internet phenomena are picky in who they latch onto, and their appetite is difficult to predict. The viral meme culture is perhaps its own living entity in that regard. People have managed to not only share hilarious notions in creative and well packaged ways, but to also spread powerful ideas via quick but potent ways. As silly as it sounds, memes can propel people into stardom, sway the opinions of the masses, and even be used as concentrated weapons of ideological warfare. Though you may have not thought about it much, being the subject of a popular meme would be a...

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Why You Should Be Careful Establishing Someone’s Excellent Reputation

If given a choice of whom to spend time with, people would generally pick the person who is over-complimentary rather than someone who is cynical and perhaps hateful. Expressing positive thoughts about someone else, in turn, makes us feel good too. There’s something to be said for positivity making its way back around to the person who’s given birth to it. Striving to find the good in those who surround you is a good trait to adopt. This article is about the well-meaning attempt at improving someone else’s reputation via complimentary ways. Our attempts at exhibiting genuine kindness can...

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How to Deal With a Manipulative Coworker

The workplace, especially a competitive corporate environment, is no stranger to some people’s sociopathic tendencies. It seems that corporate environments allow manipulative individuals to practice their “skill” of having their way with others without being punished. They may even see benefit to acting manipulatively in the workplace. In an effort to meet targets and gain a favorable impression from higher ups, people often resort to devious ways. They set up their colleagues to take blame for mistakes, and squeeze every ounce of effort from their subordinates whilst posing as if they care for their well-being. Manipulative behavior is difficult...

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Why It Is Weak to Be Predictable

The routines you’re living your life with make you predictable. Depending on how closely you follow the various routines that you live your life by, you can become an easy target for deception. It is generally believed that following a set routine is a net positive. However, if you constantly find yourself in a competitive environment, you may be doing yourself a lot of harm by following a set routine in the things that you do. People who are trying to win against you will analyze all aspects of your life. No routine or set of habits is bulletproof....

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How to Treat People Who’ve Let You Down

The feeling of being let down by those who we’ve put our trust in, is more disappointing than it is angering. The disappointment comes from expecting your reality to play out in a way which it does not. The closer you are to the person who has let you down, the more disappointing it is. The specifics of the letdown can be labelled as secondary in importance to who it was that let you down. Some letdowns can motivate you to reanalyze where someone stands in your perception of who you call close. Some let downs can motivate you to unhinge...

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Why It’s Important to Miss Out on Some Social Events

Being absent and missing out on things can be turned into a positive if done right. A primal human need is to be made to feel important, as popularized by Dale Carnegie. This is what makes us attend social events and gatherings, and not want to miss out on events that we hold dear to our ego. When you choose not to be in attendance for any particular gathering or event, all your ideas, your words, your thoughts, and actions that may have made it into reality if you were present, did not. The absence of your presence, and thereby...

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