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Metaphors can change our opinions in ways we don’t even realize

What has the ability to influence your opinions, in some cases, even more than your own political party? A metaphor, as it turns out.<p>When we think about metaphor, we might think about how we typically learn about metaphor in school: as a poetic device or a rhetorical flourish. But, metaphors are …

Psychology

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later.<p>Great, how am I supposed to …

Cognition

Context-Based Learning: The Secret Ingredient To All Successful Courses

<b>Why Context-Based Learning Is The Secret To Successful Courses</b><p>In this article I discussed the first problem with traditional content-centered courses:<p>…

Cognitive biases every communicator should know

Cognitive biases affect the way people process information and make decisions.<p>Understanding them helps us address four problems:<p>Too much …

Psychology
Psychology

Science Says This Is the Most Effective Way to Learn (but You Weren't Taught It in School) | Inc.com

Whether you went to school in Alabama or Alaska, a pricey private institution or the local public elementary, chances are excellent that your day was organized roughly the same. The day was carved into a certain number of short blocks, with different subjects assigned to each slot. <i>Bing</i>, the bell …

Pedagogy

How to Make Learning More Automatic

The new year is here, and for many of us, that means resolutions. At work, it often translates into a vague desire to broaden our horizons or learn new things. But to really make consistent progress, we need to make learning a habit. Habits are freeing because they save us from the difficult, …

Faceted Classification

Performance Management in the Gig Economy

We see big changes ahead in performance management. Organizations like GE and Accenture are experimenting with new approaches to that old shibboleth: the annual performance review. And far-thinking companies are replacing the annual rating and ranking process with more-timely capture of critical …

Management

Managing Your Mission-Critical Knowledge

When executives talk about “knowledge management” today, the conversation usually turns very quickly to the challenge of big data and analytics. That’s hardly surprising: Extraordinary amounts of rich, complicated data about customers, operations, and employees are now available to most managers, …

Management

Research: Performing a Ritual Before a Stressful Task Improves Performance

David “Big Papi” Ortiz retired in 2016 as one of the best baseball players in Boston Red Sox history. Papi was known for his exceptional at-bats, hitting over 540 home runs in his career. Each time Papi approached the batter’s box, he rested his bat against his legs, spat on his right hand, and …

Psychology

This Is How to Overcome Social Anxiety: 5 Tips Backed by Research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

Self-help

Your High-Intensity Feelings May Be Tiring You Out

Why are we always exhausted at the end of a workday? Why do we come home wiped out, with barely enough energy to make dinner before collapsing for the night?<p>Normally, when we think about being tired, we think of physical reasons: lack of sleep, intense exercise, or long days of physical labor. And …

The Career Limitations Of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is more than a buzzword, it’s a valued trait in the hiring world. But it will only get you so far.<p>Surely by now you’ve heard: Highly emotionally intelligent people are more successful, and companies are bending over backward to recruit them.<p>The term “emotional intelligence” …

Psychology

Forget relaxing - use your stress to become a high achiever

Take a slow deep breath, puff out your chest like Superman and read this story. It might just save your life.<p>For one of Europe’s most eminent neuroscientists has devised a simple, four-point plan for channelling stress and turning it to one’s advantage.<p>Professor Ian Robertson’s “four-step brain …

Great Depression

Emotional Intelligence 101: These 3 Words Can Turn Anxiety Into Advantage, According to Science

It's not about staying calm. In fact, it's the complete opposite.<p>When was the last time you were anxious?<p>Maybe you got worked up over a big presentation. Or preparing for that meeting to ask for a pay raise. Or getting ready to text that guy or girl you especially clicked with recently.<p>When …

Emotional Intelligence