How to Utilize Expectations as a Method of Control

There may have been instances growing up when your parents weren’t as supportive of your interests as they could have been. For many kids, these moments are heart-breaking and are the first inklings of the lonely nature of the life we live. If we couldn’t attain our own parents’ support, then whose support would we be able to attain moving forward? This lack of support, and perhaps a lapse in setting positive expectations, is a powerful deterrent to a child continuing to pursue their interests. They begin to feel that their parents don’t expect them to prevail, and their...

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How to Get People to Accept the Advice You Give

Giving others advice is a tricky undertaking. People aren’t naturally open to receiving advice from those around them. Especially if you’re of the same caliber in skill, success, and general experience in life, giving advice to others is difficult to get right. Being seen as a “know it all” is likely, especially when you aren’t careful with how you present the advice you think will help those in need. Even if your act of sharing important information is coming from a place of helpfulness and kindness, the ones around you aren’t always accepting of those who say they know more in...

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How to Limit Consequence in Communicating Painful Truth

In the heat of the moment, exclaiming the blatant truth is a romantic idea. We wonder why the raw, harsh truth gets hidden from everyday conversation and sometimes feel like changing that fact. Before you venture on the hero’s journey to giving birth to truth in your world, be aware of exactly why most people shy away from doing just that. Harsh truth brings forth harsh consequences, and audiences react in polarizing ways to it. If the truth you say is meaningful to your audience, you will be loved for it. However, if the truth you voice is information which your...

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Why You Should Look for the Good in Others

You may have noticed by now that people have their good and bad days. The ones we respect sometimes let us down by acting out in ways which the people we have little respect for would act like. We’re often conflicted while witnessing someone having a bad day. We question whether what we see is in fact their natural state of being, or simply a rare event of them losing their composure. The decisions we make at the moment of seeing someone act in ways which are unpleasant can serve to define how we interact with them going forward. In an...

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Steve Jobs: Three Actionable Traits of His Influence

Steve Jobs’ influence reached into the homes of billions around the world. He was a person who was essential in morphing what was once a bodiless idea into one of the wealthiest corporations to ever exist. An article on this site will not do Jobs’ influential traits any justice. He was a visionary, a stellar businessman, and most importantly, a person who had an exceptional understanding of consumer psychology. He was rebellious and was not shy in voicing darker truths. Accounts of his personality stem from experiences of his brilliance to the effects of his brutality. However, there is...

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Why Silence Is a Perfect Psychological Warfare Tool – (Ghosting / Ignoring)

Have you ever been ghosted by a person who means something to you? The feeling of being ignored is a painful one. When ignored, people feel inadequate. They lose themselves in doubt, sadness, and a plummeting sense of self-worth. The act of ignoring is seldom discussed as a psychological weapon, though it is a mighty powerful one. It is powerful because it requires minimal action from its user, and uses the mind of their victim to attack itself in Kamikaze fashion. This article does not advocate for you to ignore every person who you have a disagreement with. The...

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Why It’s Strategic to Downplay Your Experience

One of life’s more interesting scenarios to analyze is someone answering a question akin to, “Have you done this before?” To the ignorance of the one answering, their answer can set the tune for how their interactions play out in the long run. Pride is a difficult thing to curb. Walking into a boxing class with moderate experience and communicating your experience level in front of onlookers is a tricky scenario to navigate. Does your definition of moderate match theirs? Though it is difficult for us to admit, our sense of pride often manages to squeeze into the picture....

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Why Others’ Suspicion of You Can Be a Good Thing

You’ll be judged for various reasons as you move through life. Your choice of style can be looked down on and scoffed at. Your choice of verbiage will attract some and scare others away. You may say things which strengthen your perceived innocence, or serve to draw suspicion. The suspicion others may have of you can touch on various traits. They’ll sometimes suspect you to be a liar, and sometimes a lazy worker. Suspicion of you may manifest itself in others talking behind your back and checking every move you make. Suspicion is difficult to escape. It is typically based...

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Why You Shouldn’t Brag About Your Big Numbers

If you’ve ever witnessed someone begin their dialogue about their vacation and end it about how many emails they’ve got waiting for them at work as a result, then you know what this article will be about. People have a fascination with letting those around them know about the big numbers associated with their lives. We like to mention how many hours in traffic we’ve spent, and how many days we managed to live without eating any sugary foods. The act of mentioning the seemingly impressive numbers associated with the way we live is an attempt to impress the...

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Why Altruism and Self-Importance Do Not Mix

A consecutive series of struggles and triumphs, both big and small, comprise the majority of our experience on Earth. As we experience the world through our own eyes, we get to see how hard it sometimes is for those around us. Humans have a distinctive desire to help those less privileged, and to tear down those who take advantage of the less privileged. Humans however, are not one dimensional. We are sometimes governed by philanthropic desires, and sometimes by selfish ones. We sometimes help and we sometimes hurt, and there has never yet existed a human who’s managed to help many...

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