Personal Growth

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Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets: How Our Attitude Shapes Our Life

"When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In one world — the world of fixed traits — success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself. In the other — the world of changing qualities — it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself. In one world, failure is about having a setback... Getting rejected. It means you’re not smart or talented. In the other world, failure is about not growing. Not reaching for the things you value. It means you’re not fulfilling your potential. " [Read Article]
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The Lessons of George Bell’s Lonely Death

"Rummaging through the personal effects of the dead... The work changes people, and it has changed these men. Mr. Rodriguez, 57 and divorced, has a greater sense of urgency. 'I try to build a life like it’s the last day' ...Juan Plaza, another investigator, says the solitude of so many deaths wears on him. He is 52, also divorced, and without children, but he keeps expanding his base of friends. Every day, he sends them motivational Instagram messages: 'With each sunrise, may we value every minute'; 'Be kind, smile to the world and it will smile back'; 'Share your life with loved ones'; 'Love, forgive, forget.'” [Read Article]
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Does Adversity Harden Hearts or Warm Them?

"Adversity is associated with many types of negative psychological outcomes: anxiety, depression and, most notably, blunted emotional responding. It has also been tied to the beliefs that the world is not benevolent and that life is not meaningful. This seems like a recipe for a lack of kindness. And yet, despite what such studies imply, there are many cases in which adversity undeniably elicits compassion..." [Read Article]
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The Social Self: How Relationships Affect Our Immune System

"Somewhere in our brains we carry a map of our relationships. It is our mother’s lap, our best friend’s holding hand, our lover’s embrace — all these we carry within ourselves when we are alone. Just knowing that these are there to hold us if we fall gives us a sense of peace... Social psychologists call this sense embeddedness. The opposite is perhaps a more familiar term — we call it loneliness." [Read Article]
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8 Tips for Working With People You Don’t Like

"It’s not uncommon for people to have unrealistic expectations about others. We may expect others to act exactly as we would, or say the things that we might say in a certain situation. However, that’s not realistic. 'People have ingrained personality traits that are going to largely determine how they react. Expecting others to do as you would do is setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration.'” [Read Article]
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8 Negative Thought Patterns of Chronically Unhappy People

"Multiple studies have revealed how chronic negative attitudes can adversely affect one’s health, happiness and well-being... All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat."  [Read Article]
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On Creativity: Why Curiosity is Healthier Than Passion

"Passion burns hot and fast, which means it can come and go. Curiosity is so accessible and available, every single day of my life. Only when I was in very deep, medicated depression did I not have curiosity. But most of the time, when you’re stuck, you can think, Is it possible that you can’t find one little tiny thing in the world that is interesting to you? And it may eventually lead you to your passion." [Read Article]
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Why is it so hard to take your own advice?

It's because of "the huge gulf between grasping something intellectually and really feeling it in your bones. For example, it was years ago that I first encountered the insight that anxiety and insecurity aren’t reduced by trying to exert more control over the world; in fact, that usually makes them worse. I know this. But apparently I have to keep learning it, over and over. Its sheer correctness isn’t sufficient for it to burrow lastingly into my brain; that takes repeated experience." [Read Article]