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10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself

10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

Psychologists have long sought insights into how we perceive the world and what motivates our behavior, and they've made enormous strides in lifting that veil of mystery. Aside from providing fodder for stimulating cocktail-party conversations, some of the most famous psychological experiments of the past century reveal universal and often surprising truths about human nature. Here are 10 classic psychological studies that may change the way you understand yourself.

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Tony Phillips's curator insight, October 21, 2013 5:04 PM

I love the way science can show us just a little bit about how we think.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:23 PM

Interesting article summarising psychological studies which help us understand why we are the way we are!

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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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How to get that promotion you've been waiting for

How to get that promotion you've been waiting for | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Over the course of an hour, Mashable covered an array of questions, ranging from how employees can demonstrate successful leadership in the office, to the key questions employees should be asking their supervisors in performance reviews.

Several career experts and entrepreneurs shared their insights on the topic, including: James Caan, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw Group; Laurie Ruettimann, HR writer, speaker and advisor; Lisa Gates, negotiation consultant and executive coach at SheNegotiates.com; Dr. Marla Gottschalk, senior consultant at Allied Talent; Suzy Welch, business journalist and bestselling co-author of The Real Life MBA; Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors, and The Muse, an engaging job-search and career-advice website.

Check out highlights from our chat.

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Mashable and several career experts participated a #BizChats Twitter chat to discuss how employees can justify a promotion, guilt-free.

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Waking Up at 3 Every Morning Made Me Super Productive–Until it Didn’t

Waking Up at 3 Every Morning Made Me Super Productive–Until it Didn’t | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It began with getting up at 5 a.m. That was the plan. Our baby would wake up at 6, and since I was the primary caretaker at home, I'd be able to get a sufficient amount of business done before then. I quickly learned that meant I didn't shower unless he took a nap, so I started getting up at 4:30 a.m. Then I realized I couldn't make morning tea or coffee unless I got up at 4:15 a.m., and that I had to refuse my steadily increasing workload unless I woke up at 4:00, then 3:15 a.m.

After several months, however, I realized that this should not-or rather, could not-be my default. My moods began swinging. My body began to ache.

I told myself that I'd keep at it for a year. As the 12th month arrived on the horizon, I hit the equivalent of a runner's wall, and I limped to the finish line.

It was time for a change. I decided to look at my priorities. I started saying no to gigs, accepted that parts of my to-do list wouldn't get done, and gave myself at least one alarm-free morning every week. The aches went away, my mind got clearer, and everything became more focused. The year following the experiment was even more productive, as I zeroed in on only the projects about which I was most passionate-simply because I didn't have the time to do otherwise.

In the end, I left with some serious takeaways:

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Waking up extremely early has strong benefits, but it definitely isn't a silver bullet--and may push your chances of burnout and fatigue.

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Vishwanath Upadhyaya's curator insight, Today, 5:46 AM
to be more productive in our day to day life, we must rise early. with fresh energy of morning we may better concentrate on our priorities.
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9 Ways To Become a Thought Leader

9 Ways To Become a Thought Leader | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

According to Wikipedia, a thought leader "is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded." I've interviewed dozens of thought leaders over the years and have observed they have these common strategies.

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Regardless of their specific area of expertise, thought leaders use similar strategies to achieve greatness.

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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, July 3, 1:32 AM

Thought leaders have unique strategy and plan; That's how they stand out from others.

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Working Mothers Raise More Successful Daughters and Empathetic Sons

Working Mothers Raise More Successful Daughters and Empathetic Sons | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A mother's guilt never ends.


You can never quite do enough, try juggle enough, be enough in an age where the demands of family, work and (hopefully) a personal life keep you hopping morning, noon and night.


Huffington Post titles tell mothers how to "Be a Working Mom Without Hating Your Life," "End the Mommy Guilt for Good!" and "Conquer Mommy Guilt Once and for All."


But what if you needn't feel so guilty in the first place?


What if the very fact that you're a working mom actually has substantial and meaningful benefits for your children?

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Thanks to a new Harvard study, you can stop beating yourself up and feeling guilty about working outside the home, Mom.

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6 apps to streamline your professional life

6 apps to streamline your professional life | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A key component of being professional is organisation, yet many business practices seem outdated and cumbersome in today's technology-driven world. From holding onto receipts for expense reporting to filing business cards away for networking opportunities, there's a lot to keep track of. It's time to simplify.

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Update your professional practices for today's technology-driven world to increase organisation and simplify your work life.

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