Coping with Challenges

Clear Goals, Immediate Feedback, and Realizing Our Potential: The Hidden Power of Mastery

 

In his enthralling book, The Rise of SuperHuman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, Steven Kotler, describes mastery as a euphoric experience, and one that transforms us. He writes, “When doing what we love transforms us into the best possible version of ourselves and that version hints at even greater future possibilities, the urge to explore those possibilities becomes feverish compulsion” (Kotler, 2014).
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Coping with Challenges

Want To Be Happier? Use The Tetris Effect

One of the seven principles Shawn Achor, the author of, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work describes in his book is called the Tetris Effect (Achor, 2010). If you have ever played the game Tetris you will instantly recognize why. Tetris is a seemingly simple game in which four different shapes fall from the top of the screen and the player rotates or moves them...
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Coping with Challenges

The Neuroscience of Ultrarunning

 

 

Ultrarunning is, quite literally, a physical journey – from point A to point B. But it is also a metaphysical journey. Sometimes that journey travels outward – like when we realize that the challenges in our lives pale in comparison to what we have already faced while running – and sometimes it travels inward – like when we find ourselves struggling, deep into a race and fighting hard to find the strength to continue. Yet...
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Why We Are So Intrigued By Narcissism

 

 

When Jean Twenge described narcissism as an epidemic in 2009, she was mostly referring to kids and adolescents. In her book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, Twenge cited numerous reasons – from greater access to social media, and the ability to craft profiles and construct self-images that only portray them in the best light, to growing up in an instant gratification world that leads to a superiority complex and the inability...
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