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Personality Inventories

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These inventories are spotlights that attempt to uncover several aspects of your personality. They are fairly accurate, but there is lot more to a person than what any one of them could report. These inventories do not predict who you are, rather they should reflect who you are – and they indeed do that to a great extent if you answer all the questions honestly. It’s important to keep all that in mind while understanding these reports!

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In-depth look into important, contemporary personality assessments!
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Personality Theories 5

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This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one’s potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. – Carl Rogers
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Wonderful insights from humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers about congruence, incongruence, self-actualizing and fully functional person.
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Personality Theories 4

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Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What humans can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization. ~ Abraham Maslow
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Thus, self-actualization is becoming more and more of yourself. Being all that you can be....Insightful explanation of Maslow's theory and self-actualization.
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What Should You Choose: Time or Money?

What Should You Choose: Time or Money? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
If you picked time, chances are, you’re a happier person for it.
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"One of us, Professor Hershfield, recently faced such a choice. He was invited to teach a weekend seminar out of state. But he had a baby girl at home, born 12 weeks earlier. The pay would offset the costs of child care, but the job would require two days of not oohing, aahing and bonding with the baby."

This is what I have been saying -

"Over the years I have come to believe that the real opulence is more about time and not money. You can recover monetary loss but you cannot recover lost time…. ever! So if you can spend your time doing what you want, I think you’re really fortunate!"
(~ From: Rethinking busy life - http://www.myzenpath.com/work-life/rethinking-busy-life/)
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The people in our studies who chose time over money thought about the resources differently and had different intentions for how they would spend the time or money gained. Unlike those who chose money, who were more likely to be fixated on not having enough, people who chose time focused more on how they would spend it, planning to “spend” on wants rather than needs (e.g., cultivating a hobby versus completing chores at home) and on other people rather than themselves — two expenditures that have previously been linked to elevated levels of happiness.
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Why you do what you do?

Why you do what you do? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
This is a very powerful question – and if you stay long enough with the question – it can give you some wonderful insights about your own reasons for your chosen work. I crucial for us …
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You do something because you want to do it, for the satisfaction, joy that it brings. Not merely for extrinsic motivation or external rewards. After a certain stage in your life, intrinsic motivation is all that matters.
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In search of meaning

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Finding meaning is profound and essential part of our life. Whether we realize this or not, as Carl Jung says: We cannot stand meaningless life! Yet, at times many of us feel that our life is meani…
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Meaning is not an elusive goal, all of us are perfectly capable of finding meaning through our daily work and pursuits.
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From Stressed-Out Mess To Flourishing Exec: How The Third Metric Changed My Life

From Stressed-Out Mess To Flourishing Exec: How The Third Metric Changed My Life | Work & Life | Scoop.it

"The world every day sends us flashing, insistent, loud messages and sign posts to make more money, to climb up the career ladder, and there are almost no sign posts in the world to tell us to reconnect with the essence of who we are -- to take care of ourselves along the way, to reach out to others who need us."

 

 


Via Sandeep Gautam
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Filled with buzz words (job crafting, mindfulness), but still quite an useful and timely article. I am glad she also adds "the wisdom to know when to stop"

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When are you planning to turn your life around?

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How do you look at your work?

How do you look at your work? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
Work is not simply work! Not all people look at it in the same way – it means different things to different people. It is interesting how organizational behaviour researchers study and unders…
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How do you look at your work? As Job, Career or Calling? interesting article about work orientations!
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Reflections on corporate resignations

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Corporates also exist to maximize profits through their work. Often bottom-line and maximizing productivity result in pushing individuals in work-schedule that makes their life incredibly hectic leaving little time for their family or other interests. Unless the key stake-holders firmly believe in providing meaningful work and offering better work-life balance to their employees, individual corporate workers have little control over the work that they do and how they do it.

Many individuals carry on with their soul-sapping yet demanding jobs, but few individuals realize what is missing in their life and decide to act on it.

 

 

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Some insightful & thought provoking reflections on the resignations of 2 CxOs and another senior professional from a financial giant!

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Rethinking busy life

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"Over the years I have come to believe that the real opulence is more about time and not money. You can recover monetary loss but you cannot recover lost time…. ever! So if you can spend your time doing what you want, I think you’re really fortunate!"

 

 

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A long article with lot of references, worth your time as you look forward to another week at work! smile emoticon

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What makes us feel good about our work?

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In this TEDx talk, Dan Ariely discusses ‘What makes us feel good about our work’. It is a slightly longer talk (20+ mins) by TED standards in which he describes two interesting, eye-ope…

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Wonderful discussion by Dan Ariely about his experiments related to work and how we associate meaning to it.

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How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success | Brain Pickings

How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success | Brain Pickings | Work & Life | Scoop.it

If the self seeks not pathology but wholeness, as I believe it does, then the willful pursuit of vocation is an act of violence toward ourselves — violence in the name of a vision that, however lofty, is forced on the self from without rather than grown from within. True self, when violated, will always resist us, sometimes at great cost, holding our lives in check until we honor its truth. Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about — quite apart from what I would like it to be about — or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions.
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Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling the who I am. I must listen for the truths and values at the heart of my own identity, not the standards by which I must live — but the standards by which I cannot help but live if I am living my own life.
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Today I understand vocation quite differently — not as a goal to be achieved but as a gift to be received. Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice “out there” calling me to become something I am not. It comes from a voice “in here” calling me to be the person I was born to be.

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Wonderful reading on discovering your purpose.  I agree - life chooses its course, and we should align ourselves with our core. Not force choices dictated by societal or others pressures.

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Is Overwork Killing You?

Is Overwork Killing You? | Work & Life | Scoop.it

As a result, commitment to work is no longer the consequence of organizational loyalty. It is an expression of talent.

This shift still allows organizations to exact commitment by offering that precious appellation, “top talent,” in return. Seen as a ticket to thrive in a mobile job market, “talent” is an ever more valuable label, and devotion to work is that ticket’s price. No wonder companies that churn their workforce and squeeze them to the ground claim to hire only the most talented.

Overwork erodes productivity.


The parts of us that die, symbolically, are those not tied to work.


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Now that HBR is saying this, not just me!

A must read article discussing how individuals see overwork as essential expression of their talent and purpose.  And how identity workspace organizations  shape-up our perception about work and work culture!

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the subtle reasons behind why we worship a culture of overwork!

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Ignorance that isn’t bliss

Ignorance that isn’t bliss | Work & Life | Scoop.it

It can be argued that the truly educated are distinguished not by the extent of their knowledge, but by a greater and more nuanced awareness of their areas of ignorance. Actually, the two go hand in hand: true knowledge comes only with awareness of one’s ignorance, which is something that neither Internet trolls nor religious fundamentalists have fully understood. It is knowledge of ignorance that makes us truly human, and it is this that I am afraid we are forgetting with the rise of the so-called information society.

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As a learner with varied interests, I couldn't agree more with this.

Thought provoking article that makes you ponder about information, knowledge and difference between the two!
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Personality Theories 2

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“Individuation means becoming a single, homogeneous being, and, in so far as ‘individuality’ embraces our innermost, last, and incomparable uniqueness, it also implies becoming one’s own self. We could therefore translate individuation as… ‘self-realization.’” ~ Carl Jung

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Essence of Carl Jung's theory!
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Personality Theories 1

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Personality theories and intriguing and exhaustive. I am planning to discuss few relevant psychological personality theories and assessments here. As such there are many important personality theor…
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Erikson's eight-stage theory of psychosocial development concentrates on a series of developmental conflicts that occur throughout the lifespan, from birth until death. At each stage, people face a crisis that must be resolved to develop certain psychological strengths.

"Generativity Vs. Stagnation (Care) : Middle Adulthood (40 – 65) – During middle adulthood, people are established in their careers and making progress in their work. Also during this time, people enjoy raising their children and participating in activities, that gives them a sense of purpose. If people are not comfortable with the way their life is progressing, they’re usually regretful about the decisions that they have made in the past and feel a sense of stagnation. The existential question faced at this stage is: “Can I make my life count?” Success at this stage will lead to the virtue of care."

Some really wonderful insights from one of my favourites: Erik Erikson. Experiencing it often.
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Personality Theories 3

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This is the third part of Personality Theories series and I am covering few behaviourist & learning theories here.  Some important psychologist involved in the development of these theories inc…
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Useful article sharing important aspects of 'behaviourism' from Ivan Pavlov, B. F. Skinner and Albert Bandura.

Especially worth reading insights about rewards, punishment and self-efficacy.
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In search of calling

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This is the long pending second part of my previous article: In search of meaning. I couldn’t finish this one as I was busy with few other commitments and writing this was a bit challenging f…
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Wonderfully explained purpose/calling with realistic, practical examples!

"I believe calling or purpose is something that is deep within a person’s being. It is an essential part of his/her own existence and identity. It is something we enjoy doing immensely – it may or may not be a part of our chosen work. Sometimes, we are not even aware of what it is exactly or more often we cannot see the patterns among few random things that we really enjoy doing."
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Honey, I saved the bees!

Honey, I saved the bees! | Work & Life | Scoop.it
Amit Godse quit his high-paying software job with a large MNC to save the honeybees. His team removes and relocates the beehives without killing the bees. This young man from Pune (India) has an in…
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Interesting how followed his calling and was determined to learn everything he needed!

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Are you confused?

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Well, if someone says it’s perfectly alright to be confused and unsure about things at times; you’re going to get perplexed. Yet, that’s what I am trying to convey through this ar…
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Beautiful article about staying with questions, understanding problems & not rushing for answers.

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Happiness as a choice

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The ABC model of REBT suggests that by examining & disputing (D) the irrational beliefs (B), we can change them and achieve more desired effect (E).  While Frankl’s quote seems more like an intuitive expression, REBT provides a systematic way of analyzing activating event and its emotional consequences.

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Can we choose our attitude in adversity? What we can learn from REBT & Viktor Frankl?  Wonderful reading...

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How much money do you need to be happy?

How much money do you need to be happy? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
This is the second part of my previous post related to money: Does Money Bring Happiness? It would help if you read that post before reading this. If you have read the earlier post, you know that r…
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Inspiring stories of people experimenting with money, and some wonderful insights as well.

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Does money bring happiness?

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Almost all of us want to be happy in our life.  One of the reasons we engage in our chosen work is because we hope to derive some happiness from it. However as Barry Schwartz contemplates, a large …
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Wonderful insights from research about these questions: 

Can money buy happiness?


Can lack of money negatively impact happiness?

How much money do we need to be happy?

 

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So, are you passionate about everything that you do? | Reclusive Coder's Blog

So, are you passionate about everything that you do? | Reclusive Coder's Blog | Work & Life | Scoop.it
So, are you passionate about everything that you do? You could be a Multipotentialite! I got hooked up by the question itself. It is quite intriguing for someone like me who gets pulled by diverse interests all the time. In this interesting TEDx talk, Emilie Wapnick discusses 'Why Some of us Don't Have One True…
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An interesting video to watch. Lot of parallels between 'Multipotentialite' and 'Spiral' career concept.

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The way we think about work is broken

The way we think about work is broken | Work & Life | Scoop.it
What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.
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Quite an interesting TED talk by psychologist Barry Schwartz about "work". Schwartz reveals exactly how the false idea that the goal for work should be pay came to be, how we came to believe that paying workers more leads to better work, and why this has made our society confused, unhappy and has established a dangerously misguided system.

"The very shape of the institution within which people work creates people who are fitted to the demands of that institution and deprives people of the opportunity to derive the kinds of satisfactions from their work that we take for granted."

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