So you want to feel certain feelings? Well, you need fast and reliable feedback from your experiences, to know whether or not you are getting the feelings you want.read more
Mistakes: People keep telling me they learn from their mistakes. And I’m pretty sure they are mistaken. Yes, you learn from a mistake not to do again whatever the mistake happened to be.read more
The human brain has evolved to make life easy for us. We do most of what we do effortlessly. Yes, we have sometimes unfortunate biases and heuristics that don’t always work for us. But these are exceptions to the brain’s brilliance.read more
What’s the difference between a performance that is improvised and one that is not? It’s the script, obviously. Yet actors quite rightly object to us supposing that their performances are fixed. Part of their art is to make any performance appear spontaneous. And, of course, if it is live, then it is ‘in the moment’ and in some sense unpredictable.read more
It’s convenient to follow rules. If we already know what to do, there’s no hard thinking required. When we deliberately improvise, we put ourselves freshly into each moment, and give ourselves the opportunity to check out how we are doing with rules and conventions.read more
It was a routine training conference. Between sessions, there was a nice moment when a guy in shorts and long hair played some jazz on the piano at the side of the stage.read more
Mistakes: People keep telling me they learn from their mistakes. And I’m pretty sure they are mistaken. Yes, you learn from a mistake not to do again whatever the mistake happened to be. But, unless there’s a process of elimination among a small, finite set, the mistake is no guide about what to do in order to succeed.read more
Happiness, says author Paul Dolan, is a mix of purpose and pleasure. During a lecture at London’s Conway Hall, he argued that one of the problems with studies of happiness is that people tend to offer evaluations of how happy they think they were over a period of time, rather than direct in-the-moment ratings of their experience.read more
The human brain has evolved to make life easy for us. We do most of what we do effortlessly. Yes, we suffer sometimes from unfortunate biases and some of our heuristics don’t always work for us. But these are exceptions to the brain’s brilliance.read more
‘Beliefs’ are for things that aren’t true.
‘Values’ are for what you don’t do.
Beliefs and values are abstract concepts that are prized by consultants who have fallen under the spell of psychologists.read more
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