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Perception is reality

How others see us can be very different from how we see ourselves and often it's because we're not very good at coming across the way we intend. Someone who thinks their behavior conveys self-confidence may come across to other people as being arrogant, for example. People can only judge you based on their perception and if you don't know how your words and actions can be perceived and understood by others, you won't be able to influence their opinion of you. In this blog post, Darius Foroux con...
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The paradox of behavior change

In a culture that encourages us to aspire to lofty goals, we often underestimate how hard it is to achieve them. To reach our goals we need to form new habits and forming new habits means having to make changes in our behavior. When we fail to establish new habits, it's because we try change too much too quickly, says James Clear. Even when you're making a change for the better, "the faster you try to change, the more likely you are to backslide, says Clear. Here, he shares how effecti...
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Stop giving toxic people your time

While there's no excuse for unacceptable behavior, most of the difficult people we encounter at work, or in our lives, have at least some redeeming qualities. Truly toxic people however relentlessly manipulate people and situations to their advantage and while some may be unaware of the negative impact they have on those around them, others gain personal satisfaction from deliberately pushing your buttons. That's why choosing how you respond to toxic behaviour and whom you spend your time with, ...
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13 signs of high emotional intelligence

To be successful in life we all need to develop the necessary emotional intelligence to better understand, negotiate with, and work cooperatively with other people. Being emotionally intelligent means being aware of how emotions can drive your behavior and impact other people, learning how to manage your own emotions, and helping other people to manage theirs. To help you gauge how well you manage yourself and your relationships, and identify key areas for improveme...
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Are you genetically predisposed for your career?

The nature versus nurture debate about how far our abilities are determined by our genes or our upbringing has been ongoing for decades. While some experts say we develop our abilities through effort and learning, and if we believe our abilities are fixed we may be compromising our potential, others believe our abilities are genetically determined. "Talent can be developed, but it's going to be limited in potential based on genetic makeup," says microbiologist Robin R. Hayes. In his book—My...
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How your beliefs can sabotage your behavior

The beliefs you hold about yourself have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. They shape your behavior, affect your relationships, and determine whether you will achieve your goals and become the person you want to be. Much of your success depends on whether you believe your character, intelligence, abilities and potential can be developed, or you believe they are fixed. Here James Clear shares how a fixed mindset "hinders your ability to learn, grow, and develop new skills," and how ...
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9 podcasts that will change how you think about human behavior

Podcasts continue to grow in popularity and the increasing use voice-activated devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa is making them more accessible than ever. For many of us though the main attraction is being able to listen on the move and turn a long, boring commute into an opportunity for learning. And whether your interest is personal or professional, there's no shortage of podcasts for improving your understanding of human behaviour, emotions and attitudes. Here, Chris Weller shares ...
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Why most apologies fail (and how to make your next one work)

Reputations and relationships are built on trust and the way we communicate with each other is a primary way we build trust. It's not just what we say, it's also how we say it and how we respond to others that can make or break trust. One of the most crucial things to get right is a sincere apology. It can be difficult to admit when you're wrong and apologizing doesn't come easily or naturally for most people, yet a genuine apology can pave the way to restoring damaged relationships and rebuildi...
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