Why It May Not Be Obvious Whether You Should Correct Others

Disclaimer: This article’s presentation is bound to a context within which others’ incorrect ideas pose no immediate danger to themselves or those around them.   On average, people aren’t anywhere near perfect in their attempts to memorize facts. Like sand in an hourglass, information tends to leak into oblivion as soon as one stops actively accessing it. The facts we attempt to recite after letting them sit in the back of the mind for a little too long can often come out deformed enough to be incorrect. Time is a mechanism of change for our thoughts. Another mechanism of change,...

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Why Hate Should Be Observed but Not Reacted To

The further you move along in your search for inner and outer peace, the more clear-cut others’ acts of hatred will become. Your attempts to be a more positive, peaceful, and calm individual are likely fueled by examples of yourself and others previously acting in negative, agitated, and angry ways. As somebody who takes active measures to audit themselves in an effort to make a positive impact on others, you’ll develop a sharpened ability to identify malice in an effort to stop it. You’ll be discouraged on your way toward improving yourself. Improving yourself doesn’t directly improve the world and people...

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We fish for compliments and we give them to ourselves. This article argues that you should stop.

Why Complimenting Yourself Does Not Count

Pride is a sneaky assassin. Whether humans grow to become prideful due nature or nurture is secondary to the fact that pride exists. Your pride will call for you to commit actions which aren’t planned well. It will entice you to act unfavorably, and perhaps to shoot yourself in the foot in certain situations. This article argues that the act of complimenting oneself is one instance of pride serving to hurt its owner. People seek to compliment themselves in more ways than you may think. We like to get sneaky when fishing for compliments, or when publicizing our skill...

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How to Influence Group Behavior in a Practical Manner

When you are in a position of power over groups of people, you have the ability to influence their behavior. Whether you influence the behavior of groups in a positive direction is up to you to morally come to terms with. However, the rules and tools with which group behavior is altered tend to not assume a moral identity of their own. This article aims to provide one easy-to-remember method of swaying the collective actions of any group of people. Presented below, is the notion that group behavior should be swayed with the underlying belief in people’s strong desire...

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Too Enthusiastic About Your Good Ideas

You’ve probably felt the blissful feeling of coming up with a good idea and presenting it to the world. Your good idea may have resulted in a physical change in the world around you, or in the betterment of the relationships you find yourself in. Your good idea may have improved you as an individual and increased others’ respect for your thoughts. Good ideas are addictive. The people we find ourselves surrounded by want to be credited with good ideas. They will speak up and express their thoughts on the various aspects of life. Their good ideas will be adopted...

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Why You Should Accept Apologies Without Added Commentary

Think back to the times when you had to apologize for being wrong. Remember that frog sitting in your throat and how difficult it sometimes was to let out all the words you wanted to say? Apologizing for your misdoings is not easy. Emotions run high and the mood is unstable. To make things go smoothly, both the person apologizing as well as the person receiving the apology must play their cards right. People study how to effectively apologize for their wrong-doings but the art of receiving an apology is not often entertained. In your analysis of what it takes to...

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It is kind of you to allow others to be kind toward you.

Why You Should Be Open to Receiving Kindness

A marker of kindness is acting in a way which benefits someone without expecting anything in return. As if receiving a gift from the universe, being the recipient of kindness alleviates the burdens of our day. For a brief moment in time, the pressures of life seem to be relieved. We feel lighter amidst acts of kindness from others, and typically do not plan on kindness coming our way when we first get out of bed to start the day. Kind people tap into something that is unmistakably real about the human existence. When all else disappears, we still have kindness....

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Why You Shouldn’t Stare at a Speaker’s Hand Gestures

An awkward scenario is birthed when we feel comfortable in delivering dialogue, use supplementary hand gestures, only for those we’re speaking with to perceive those hand gestures as delivering more information than the words we say. They begin intensely staring at our general gestures to the left, right, and all around. They lose focus on the words we say, and begin paying a little bit too much attention to the “props” we use to deliver our point with effect. The scenario above will be used to explore the idea of not losing focus on a person’s ongoing dialogue, and...

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How to Dampen Someone’s Hatred for You – When You Can’t Avoid Them

Possessing the knowledge that someone you know dislikes you to the point of that knowledge making its way to you, is not a good feeling. What makes these scenarios trickier is when that person maintains a good relationship with those who enjoy your company as well. It could be a friend of a friend who dislikes you, or a colleague who your team is forced to interact with. Knowledge of someone’s hatred toward you, and having to be in their vicinity, makes the air thick. Anxiety starts to build, and in an effort to not prove those who hate...

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How to Suppress and Mediate Heated Arguments / Disputes

As a leader in any domain, you’ll come across disputes among the people you lead. It quickly becomes difficult to make educated judgments on which side of the argument may be right. No matter how much evidence is presented to you, you should fear labeling some things as true and others as false. You don’t have the all-knowing ability to understand absolute truths around you no matter how irrefutable the evidence presented seems to be. With this caution guiding your careful treading of arguments within your team, your most immediate goal should be to settle the dispute in question....

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