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The Lethality of Loneliness

The Lethality of Loneliness | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The psychological definition of loneliness hasn’t changed much since Fromm-Reichmann laid it out. “Real loneliness,” as she called it, is not what the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard characterized as the “shut-upness” and solitariness of the civilized. Nor is “real loneliness” the happy solitude of the productive artist or the passing irritation of being cooped up with the flu while all your friends go off on some adventure. It’s not being dissatisfied with your companion of the moment—your friend or lover or even spouse— unless you chronically find yourself in that situation, in which case you may in fact be a lonely person. Fromm-Reichmann even distinguished “real loneliness” from mourning, since the well-adjusted eventually get over that, and from depression, which may be a symptom of loneliness but is rarely the cause. Loneliness, she said—and this will surprise no one—is the want of intimacy.

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For the first time in history, we understand how isolation can ravage the body and brain. Now, what should we do about it?

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José Andrés Villatoro's curator insight, May 15, 2013 1:46 AM

"Alzheimer’s, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and even cancer—tumors can metastasize faster in lonely people."

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Vloasis's curator insight, June 3, 2013 4:58 AM

A good article, and it describes the distinction between loneliness and other formers of depression.  I agree with the modern-day addition to the Fromm-Reichman guidelines, in that one could appear to be very much in the midst of things, surrounded by people--even friends--and be experiencing what is described as true loneliness.

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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

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Let us help you stay connected, educated and networked by filtering some of the most interesting and relevant business content for you. Right here, we become your personal content curator, putting you in touch with the hottest, most interesting and most valuable business resources from around the world.


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Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource

Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
What do PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Martha Stewart have in common? They don’t need much sleep; it has been publicly reported that each regularly gets only six hours of sleep or less per night. By discussing their ability to get by with little sleep, these executives are serving as role models for a norm that a full night’s sleep is optional, even a luxury, if you want to get ahead in business.
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Research shows that sleep deprivation has a number of consequences that can affect work performance negatively. So why do so many modern workplaces condone practices that are not conducive to healthy sleep schedules?

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, Today, 4:06 AM

This article raises the issue of sleep deprivation, and as a teacher of senior grade students, it has always been a debate as to how many hours of sleep one really requires. My students suggest six hours, my wife says six hours, I feel, seven to eight hours. My father suggests eight hours for growing up children, six hours four grown up male adults, and seven hours for adult women. Fact of the matter is that this is a subjective question and the amount of sleep required to tide over sleep deprivation will depend from person to person, job profile to job profile and Geography. I have known of students literally breaking down because of sleep deprivation resulting from the need to attend coaching classes after school. Hitler himself might have been a victim of sleep deprivation towards the end of his office which is why he began making some of the most absurd decisions. Top executives of Multinational companies probably don't sleep at all, the same might be the case for Principals, Directors and Managers of Institutions. Some how the culture of working 24X7, increasing productivity, and output is something which goes against human nature. I have known of employees yawning and nodding off to sleep in the midst of a board meeting during the 'quintessential' stay-backs. Perhaps one solution for the problem of sleep deprivation could be to introduce a mandatory 'rest period' of half an hour in the middle of the daily routine where employees can go off into deep rest assisted by a conducive music and suitable ambiance within the organization.

Sudhir Hira's curator insight, Today, 5:32 AM

We hear you - loud and clear!

Kimberly Kline's curator insight, Today, 4:48 PM

Lack of sleep effects your productivity, problem-solving skills, health, happiness and so much more.  Just because you CAN function on less than adequate sleep does not mean you should!

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Why Your Workplace Might Be Killing You

Why Your Workplace Might Be Killing You | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Workplace stress — such as long hours, job insecurity and lack of work-life balance — contributes to at least 120,000 deaths each year and accounts for up to $190 billion in health care costs, according to new research by two Stanford professors and a former Stanford doctoral student now at Harvard Business School.

“If employers are serious about managing the health of their workforce and controlling their health care costs, they ought to be worried about the environments their workers are in,” says Jeffrey Pfeffer, a Stanford professor of organizational behavior. Pfeffer, with colleagues Stefanos A. Zenios of Stanford GSB and Joel Goh of Harvard Business School, conducted a meta-analysis of 228 studies, examining how 10 common workplace stressors affect a person’s health.

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Stanford scholars identify 10 work stressors that are destroying your health.

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AR_HRCom's curator insight, Today, 8:03 AM

Linkages between work, family and health issues: lack of health insurance, unemployment, and work-related stress call for wellness, EAP programs, and changes in the workplace.

Tom Wojick's curator insight, Today, 8:14 AM

In a a review of safety literature stress was found to be the third most prevalent reason why employees get into accidents and are injured. Attending to stress should be an emphasis in a safety first culture. http://renewalgroup.weebly.com/blog/safety-culture-tip-stress


Hugo de la Rosa's curator insight, Today, 10:13 AM

No debemos permitir que nuestro trabajo nos genere estrés, de igual manera, quienes tengan personal a su cargo, deben asegurar tener las mejores condiciones para que el personal no muera poco a poco por angustias que le puede generar su empleo. Asumamos ese liderazgo hacia los demás y cuidemos nuestras personas....

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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to writer and consultant Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

Manager and leader are two completely different roles, although we often use the terms interchangeably. Managers are facilitators of their team members’ success. They ensure that their people have everything they need to be productive and successful; that they’re well trained, happy and have minimal roadblocks in their path; that they’re being groomed for the next level; that they are recognized for great performance and coached through their challenges.

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The best managers consistently allow different leaders to emerge and inspire their teammates (and themselves!) to the next level.

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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, March 2, 5:38 PM

We often see, and teach, leadership as a toolkit of skills. Great article on what to use and when.

Ben Olmos's curator insight, March 2, 7:19 PM

Leading and managing within organizations continue to challenge as organizations, people, and technology add ever changing variables to the practice.  Connecting with your leadership style is an important element of getting the best from your team.  Check out these six leadership styles and see if you connect with them.

george_reed's curator insight, March 3, 8:05 PM

The right style changes based on the participants and the situation. There's no one right way to lead.

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8 Famous Pitch Decks and 11 Templates

8 Famous Pitch Decks and 11 Templates | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Before AirBnB, Tinder, LinkedIn and all the other big tech names were big, they too were looking for money. A crucial part to raising money is the pitch deck and VCs see plenty of them.

Like with a resume, the pitch deck needs to tell a compelling story, and what would be better to a) look at the decks that helped to raise millions and b) templates that can guide you through the process.

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There are many free pitch decks out there, and there is plenty of advice as well to help develop your own deck. 
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How to Break the Expert’s Curse

How to Break the Expert’s Curse | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw famously wrote, "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." But it's often more accurate to say, "He who can do can't teach."

It's natural for novices to seek out experts for guidance. That's why many organizations adopt formal mentorship and training programs. Unfortunately, though, experts frequently make lousy teachers.

Experts are sometimes so steeped in expertise that they don't remember what it was like to be a newbie—in terms of both how much they knew and how they felt back then. The memory gap leads to an empathy gap.

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Experts could be our most powerful teachers—but often they've lost the ability to connect with novices. Research reveals how experts can rediscover the experience of inexperience.

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How to Write a Cover Letter: 14 Best Practices for Dramatically Better Job Applications

How to Write a Cover Letter: 14 Best Practices for Dramatically Better Job Applications | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The cover letter is one of the few documents that nearly everyone will have to write at some point in their life. It has been said that the CV is possibly the most important document you will ever write and if this is the case then arguably, the cover letter could be a close second. The good news is that whilst it might seem complex, in truth it is a just a combination of basic principles that need to be included and followed.

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Here are some ideas for writing a better cover letter.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, February 24, 11:06 PM

I guess this is something that needs constant brushing up, even if it means we have done some form of it in English class. The format generally followed in India is the block format with the writer's address and the receiver's address coming on the left, and yes, there is the statement of the subject too, which cannot be done without!

 

Trumans's curator insight, February 25, 4:16 PM

As an Executive Search consultant I would advise every candidate to read this. It's right on the money. One other important point to note: if the application asks for a cover letter and you don't supply one, you have failed the first test.