The Spotlight Effect: Why You’re Your Own Worst Critic
“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do,” wrote David Foster Wallace in his 1996 tome, Infinite Jest. Three years later, a pair of psychologists would give that same sentiment a name: the spotlight effect….
The 3 Hardest Words: How To Have The Confidence To Say ‘I Don’t Know’
What’s the worst thing you could say to your boss or to a client? What’s the one answer that you’re pretty sure would get you fired, like, tomorrow? In their book, Think Like A Freak, economists and Freakonomics Radio podcasters Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt…
Why Do People Share Articles They Haven’t Actually Read?
In 2014, NPR ran an April Fools’ Day experiment. They posted an article to Facebook with the headline “Why Doesn’t Anybody Read Anymore?” Immediately, the responses poured in. People liked and shared the article, commented on what a shame it was, and quickly pointed their…
A New Way to Learn Color Theory: With Vegetables
When Wu-Tang Clang used the acronym C.R.E.A.M, the “C” stood for “cash” — but, if the Clan wanted to be more accurate from a psychological standpoint, they could have changed it to “color,” because really, color does rule everything around us. From changing your emotion…
The Rise of Selfies: Why We Are Obsessed With Sharing Photos of Ourselves
Remember back in the good ol’ days when taking “selfies” involved turning your keyboard phone backwards and hoping for the best? How times have changed. Now, selfie-taking is a bonafide art, and the arrival of reversible cameras on smartphones has majorly changed the game. Selfies…
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