Stephan Dohrn

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What Does the Way Your Mind Wanders Reveal about You?

During downtime, some of us daydream while others might focus on a to-do list, or get stuck in a negative loop. Psychology has traditionally defined …

Mindfulness

4 Things That Are Better for Your Mind Than Brain-Training Games

Brain-training games are fun, but they may not actually make you smarter.<p>It's the end of the day, you have no idea where the day went, and you still have a day's worth of work to do. If only you could get more done in the day--if only your brain worked faster! We've all had these thoughts. In fact, …

7 totally wrong things I do in the morning, and why it feels so great!

<b>Lemon water? No phone? A healthy breakfast? Good lord, no. I’m the world’s happiest failure when it comes to the morning habits of ‘successful’</b> …

Success

Why don’t you want to get shit done?

How much do you procrastinate? How much time do you waste on crap that doesn’t matter, that you don’t care about, that you don’t even want to be …

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This research-based approach has shown improvements in brain function in as little as 12 hours.<p>What separates strategic, visionary thinkers from the rest of us? And why do we tend to worry about our ability to remember names—or where our keys are—rather than loss of cognitive memory that makes …

Taming Your Inner Grouch

<i>Continue helping others by starting to help yourself.</i><p>“Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own …

Talent Is Never Enough (How to Free Your Mind to do its Best Work)

<i>“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” — </i><b>Vincent Van Gogh</b><p>Creativity …

Why Procrastination Doesn’t Need a Cure: A Guide to Structured Distraction

Recently, I read a great book and promised to mail it to a friend overseas when I was done… about nine months ago. Today, I finally wandered down to …

TED talk: The Suprising Habits of Original Thinkers [video]

After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, organizational psychologist Adam Grant discovered a three powerful …

TED Talks

Is the Brain’s Awareness of the World All or Nothing?

We often think of consciousness as binary: you’re either fully aware of something, or you’re not.<p>Yet according to a team of cognitive neuroscientists …

Consciousness

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.<p>If you don’t think the act of stacking and shuffling a set of cups could boggle your mind, watch the video below. In it, neuroscientist David Eagleman …

Consciousness

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sought to entice people to visit Finland and …

This Is What I Do Before 8 AM.

Don’t try and life-hack your way to post human status.<p>I’m an entrepreneur. And a writer. And a creative. I do a lot of different things, a lot of …

Sitting at Your Desk All Day Is Killing Your Creativity

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i></i> …

Get to the Root of Work Stress by Evaluating Your Ideals

There isn’t a working person among us who doesn’t deal with stress—whether you’re an entrepreneur, a freelancer, working for a struggling startup, or …

3 Scientifically Proven Ways to Optimize Your Brain

If your meetings are sputtering, rewiring the gray matter may help get employees reconnected.<p>The co-founders of Aditazz, which uses software to design and construct hospitals and other specialized buildings, were beyond frustrated. Zigmund Rubel, an architect, wanted to design buildings in one …

Gratitude: yes please or no thanks?

Recently, the social critic Barbara Ehrenreich wrote an essay criticising the fashionable notion of gratitude as a path to happiness. This prompted an amusing spectacle: the proponents of gratitude attempted to demolish her argument without seeming, well, ungrateful that she’d made it. Too often, …

Self-improvement

The Limits of Empathy

A few years ago, Ford Motor Company started asking its (mostly male) engineers to wear the Empathy Belly, a simulator that allows them to experience symptoms of pregnancy firsthand—the back pain, the bladder pressure, the 30 or so pounds of extra weight. They can even feel “movements” that mimic …

A Harvard psychologist who explains how our iPhones are giving us bad posture and making us depressed offers a simple solution to the problem

In fact, you're probably in what New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the "iHunch" position (also known as "text neck"), explains Harvard Business School professor and social psychologist Amy Cuddy in a recent New York Times article.<p>Cuddy writes that this position is detrimental to our …

Ommmm: Scientists Led by World-Renowned Physicist Push for Collective Meditation to Counter Terrorism

The Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP), led by world-renowned quantum physicist John Hagelin, recently published an open letter to …

Here's what happened when I started doing 40-minute meditation sessions every morning

Stressors include travel, family, and the early onset of all that year-end noise. Daily exercise can help you feel better, but a recent injury has limited what I can do.<p>So about one week ago, I started meditating before work each day. Friends from my yoga community had been encouraging me in this …

Psychologists discovered a surprising secret to reducing your stress levels

You may think you're too overwhelmed with your personal troubles to cheer up a sad friend, the same way you're too busy at work to take a moment to recognize a colleague.<p>But research suggests you're hardly doing yourself any favors by focusing on your own problems at the expense of supporting …

Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy

A Google employee teaches his colleagues how to block out interruptions and set aside “make time.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response …

11 Best Productivity Hacks for 2016 | Inc.com

Overworked? Stressed out? Most of the time, being more productive means striking a better work-life balance and knowing how to mitigate the little stressors that eat away at our efficiency and our psyche.<p>Here are the 11 best productivity hacks you can implement in 2016.<p>1. Know Thyself<p>Know exactly …

Productivity

5 Tricks for Productive Remote Work

In 2014, I became a full time remote worker.<p>This year, I’ve been lucky to work and travel in Paris, Malaga, Copenhagen, Casablanca, London, …

How to Stop Other People's Emotions from Bringing You Down

Empathy is a terrific skill to have, but too much of it can leave you overwhelmed by others’ negative emotions. Here’s how to stop absorbing what …

Psychology

The No. 1 Thing That's Preventing You From Changing Your Habits

You Might Like{{displayTitle}}<p>When I first went to college, the last thing I cared about was learning to cook. Neither of my parents had a degree, …

Why Time Feels Like It’s Flying By (and How To Slow It Down)

Our parents warned us about it, but it’s hard to understand until you experience it first hand: as you get older, time seems to fly. It catches you …

Mindfulness