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Researchers Have Found The Personality Type That's Most Linked To Success And Happiness

Researchers Have Found The Personality Type That's Most Linked To Success And Happiness | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
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Are you a "glass half-full" or a "glass half-empty" kind of person?


As it turns out, some people can be both. So-called realistic optimists combine the positive outlook of optimists with the clear-eyed perspective of pessimists, new research has found.


These realistic optimists may get the best of both worlds, using their realism to perform better at work and elsewhere, but aren't getting bogged down by unhappiness, said Sophia Chou, an organizational psychology researcher at National Taiwan University, who presented her findings at a meeting of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, Hawaii earlier this month.


Optimists and Pessimists


Past research has shown that optimists value thoughts that make them feel good about themselves, whereas pessimists prize a more truthful vision of themselves. But a clear-eyed view can be bad for pessimists' well-being, as they tend to be more prone to depression, Chou said. Optimists tend to live longer and be healthier overall.


After several years working in business, Chou noticed there were some people who were both optimistic and realistic, and that they tended to be very successful. She wondered whether realism and optimism were really diametrically opposed.


So Chou administered a battery of personality surveys to about 200 college and graduate students in Taiwan. The surveys tested how many "positive illusions" the students held, as well as whether they were more motivated by self-enhancement or reality.


Realistic Views


The optimists sorted into two camps: the realists and the idealists.

"Realistic optimists tend to choose accuracy over self-enhancement; the unrealistic optimists tend to choose self-enhancement," Chou said.


Interestingly, the realistic optimists also got better grades, on average, than their less grounded peers — probably because they didn't delude themselves into thinking they would do well without studying or working hard, Chou said.

Traditionally, a more realistic outlook is paired with poorer well-being and greater depression, yet the realistic optimists managed to be happy.


To understand why, she dug deeper into the personality assessments.


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John E Jenkins's curator insight, September 6, 2013 10:25 AM

It's good to know that a realistic recognition that challenges exist, does not mean you are a pessimist.

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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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The Trouble with Putting Goals Ahead of Strategy

The Trouble with Putting Goals Ahead of Strategy | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Many business leaders subscribe to the classic definition of strategy as a set of actions designed to achieve an overall aim. In other words, they believe strategy starts with a goal. But for companies that have implemented winning strategies, that’s not how it typically happens.

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Winning strategies start with a big idea.

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How to Boldly Face Your Fear of Criticism

How to Boldly Face Your Fear of Criticism | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Many of my clients deal with a fear of criticism. I see it in several aspects of their lives. At work, people fear criticism from their managers and colleagues, so they keep quiet and don't share their opinions. They play it safe. At home, people fear that they'll be criticized by their spouse or partner, so they don't speak their mind. They back down when they sense conflict. In friendships, people often don't have boundaries because they fear that establishing them would lead to criticism or that they would be viewed as selfish.


Whatever the setting, it's this fear that keeps people stuck. For example, by not speaking up and not sharing your ideas, you'll never advance. People won't know your thoughts and will have no reason to recognize your worth and promote you.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Criticism from colleagues, friends, and family can be a good thing. Here's how to deal with it and use it to your advantage.

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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, July 1, 1:36 AM

Be true and speak your mind.

The Clear Thinking Partnership's curator insight, July 1, 5:27 AM

This continues to be a tricky area of performance for so many leaders.........

Michael Anderson's curator insight, July 1, 6:57 AM

A very positive article. Well worth reading.

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5 Habits To Improve Brain Growth

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We’d all love our brains to process information faster and have better memory recall. While you might think doing crossword puzzles, math puzzles like Sudoku, or brain-training apps will keep your brain in top shape, Dr. Jennifer Jones, a psychologist and expert in the science of success, says there’s no real proof that these can improve your mental acuity. She offers some daily practices that can truly grow your brain:

Brain Growth Habit #1: Rise With The Sun And Go To Sleep Not Long After Sunset.


Moving in your circadian rhythm is the best way to improve your brain power, according to Jones. When our sleep cycle is disrupted, our brain’s ability to process information and consolidate stress is inhibited. "Our cognitive abilities don’t work the way they should," says Jones.

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Forget crossword puzzles and brain-training apps. Try these daily practices to truly grow your brain.

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Stop This One Bad Habit and You’ll Increase Productivity 40 Percent

Stop This One Bad Habit and You’ll Increase Productivity 40 Percent | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You know that multitasking is a bad idea. You may even know that frequent multitasking shrinks your brain and lowers your IQ. But did you know that, far from saving you time, multitasking cuts your productivity by a whopping 40 percent?

That frightening number comes from Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, and author most recently of Singletasking: Get More Done--One Thing at a Time. In fact, she notes, there's actually no such thing as multitasking. You may think you're taking part in a conference call, writing a report, and texting with your spouse all at the same time, but what your brain is actually doing is switching non-stop among these different activities. That's costing you both efficiency and brain cells.

The problem is, like many things, multitasking may be bad for you but it feels really good. That's because as you switch from task to task, your brain reacts to the feeling of newness with a jolt of dopamine--the same brain chemical that causes heroin addiction.

Fortunately, Zack says, you can get off the multitasking treadmill, and regain your efficiency, not to mention the IQ points you may have lost. Here's how.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Multitasking lowers your IQ, shrinks your brain, and cuts your productivity--and it's addictive. Here's how to stop for good.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, June 29, 12:46 AM

Multi-tasking is the bane of the information technology age, and yes it is eating into productivity, quality of work, what all with poor concentration aggravating output. I very strongly agree with the claims of the writer of the above article and hope that all of us can agree that one should contentrate and focus on one task at a time, and not try to work on many! The insight offered in this article will come helpful for students too!

wimi-teamwork.com's curator insight, July 1, 12:36 PM

Is this one bad habit destroying your productivity by 40%

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9 Great Leadership Habits That Anyone Can Master

9 Great Leadership Habits That Anyone Can Master | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

One of the big questions in business is this: Are great leaders born that way, or do they practice a set of habits that anyone can learn and practice? The current thinking is that leadership is a set of habits that can be learned by anyone. The more consistent you are in living and applying these habits, the better leader you will become.

There are plenty of possible habits you can adopt to become a great leader, but here are 9 that will get you far along your own personal leadership journey.

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Anyone can be a great leader, simply by mastering the habits of great leaders. So why not take your leadership from good to great?

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