Search Results for: confirmation bias

How to Remember What You Read

October 23, 2017

Why is it that some people seem to be able to read a book once and remember every detail of it for life, while others struggle to recall even the title a few days after putting down a book? The answer is simple but not easy. It’s not what they read. It’s how they read. […]

How Filter Bubbles Distort Reality: Everything You Need to Know

July 31, 2017

We find ourselves in a filter bubble any time we’re only surrounded by views and opinions we agree with, while being sheltered from opposing perspectives. Filter bubbles distort our understanding of the world and hamper our ability to make balanced decisions. Here’s how to pop the bubble. *** The Basics Read the headline, tap, scroll, […]

Active Listening: The Master Key to Effective Communication

July 03, 2017

“You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” ― M. Scott Peck *** The Basics The sense that we are not being listened to is one of the most frustrating feelings imaginable. Toddlers scream about it, teenagers move out, couples split up, companies breakdown. One of the main reasons […]

Proximate vs Root Causes: Why You Should Keep Digging to Find the Answer

May 29, 2017

“Anything perceived has a cause. All conclusions have premises. All effects have causes. All actions have motives.” — Arthur Schopenhauer *** The Basics One of the first principles we learn as babies is that of cause and effect. Infants learn that pushing an object will cause it to move, crying will cause people to give […]

Hanlon’s Razor: Relax, Not Everything is Out to Get You

April 24, 2017

Hanlon’s Razor teaches us not to assume the worst intention in the actions of others. Understanding Hanlon’s Razor helps us see the world in a more positive light, stop negative assumptions, and improve relationships. Let’s take a look at some examples. *** If you ever feel that the world is against you, you are not […]

Get Smart: Three Ways of Thinking to Make Better Decisions and Achieve Results

April 06, 2017

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln *** Your ability to think clearly determines the decisions you make and the actions you take. In Get Smart!: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful and Highest-Paid People in Every […]