Neuroscientists talk about how we have one brain but two minds. We have a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, and we have another mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals. We face willpower challenges when the two minds have competing goals. Learn what influences us to procrastinate or why we fail to resist temptation, and learn about small interventions that can have large, positive outcomes.
Author and Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, talks about strategies from her new book “The WillPower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It” as part of the Authors@Google series. Topics include dieting/weight loss, health, addiction, quitting smoking, temptation, procrastination, mindfulness, stress, sleep, cravings, exercise, self-control, self-compassion, guilt, and shame. For more from Kelly McGonigal, visit http://kellymcgonigal.com/. This event took place on January 26, 2012 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.
Do you have a keen imagination, rich inner life, and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential as air? Do others call you too shy or overly sensitive? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a highly sensitive person or HSP.
In this talk, Alane Freund, LMFT, an expert consultant working with the trait of high sensitivity, talks about how to use your strengths as an HSP, coping mechanisms for dealing with overstimulation, ways to improve your relationships, and the latest developments in research about highly sensitive people (HSPs). For more information about Alane Freund’s work and highly sensitive people, visit:
https://www.areyouhighlysensitive.com/ and https://hsperson.com/.
This is an audiobook reminding us to stay positive in life to get the results you want and need. A reminder to stay positive, no matter what you’re going through. #PositiveThinking55:19image was changed and he was finally55:22able to pass his test without incident55:26everyone faces crises by anticipating55:30the worst we tend to freeze unable to55:33function properly but by substituting55:36the power of imagination by55:38Imaging throwing mind and heart over the55:41obstacle it can be overcome the result55:45inevitably follows the thrust of the55:47mind now for the fourth element of55:50successful achievement put strong55:53positive thoughts behind your goal never55:58let negative thoughts surround you for56:01the negative thinker unleashes56:04destructive forces that can destroy him56:08it’s the law of attraction at work like56:11attracts like thoughts of a kind have a56:15natural affinity by sending out negative56:18thoughts the negative thinker activates56:21the world around him negatively he tends56:25to draw back to himself negative results56:29the positive thinker on the other hand56:32sends out optimistic thoughts and thus56:35activates the world around him56:37positively on the basis of the same law56:40of attraction he draws back to himself56:43positive thoughts he works and keeps on56:47working he thinks and keeps on thinking56:50he believes and keeps on believing he56:53never lets up never gives in he gives56:57the effort the full treatment of57:00positive faith and action result his57:04dreams come true he can because he57:09thinks he can57:10[Music]57:18as you encounter life’s challenges or as57:23you dream your dreams never write off57:27anything as impossible remember you have57:32the mental capacity to think your way57:34through any problem if you draw fully57:38upon your mind think hopefully get your57:42mental powers really working and things57:46can turn out better than they now appear57:49here are some proven techniques that can57:52help you meet your setbacks head-on and57:54accomplish your goals57:56remember the problem-solving process57:59first no get to know your problem study58:04it until you find the soft spot then58:07break it apart second think use your58:11head your mind is a powerful tool stay58:15cool and think straight the answer is58:18there if you let it come third believe58:23believe in yourself trust your ability58:27to see your crisis through to the end58:29repeat to yourself I can I can I can if58:35you want to accomplish something keep58:38these thoughts in mind have a sharply58:41focused goal pray about your goal to58:46make sure it’s right for you picture58:49your goal clearly in your mind and don’t58:52let that image fade work and keep on58:57working always take a positive and59:00optimistic attitude when you maintain a59:03positive frame of mind good things are59:06drawn to you and ultimately they59:09influence the outcome of your endeavors59:12everyone encounters defeating factors in59:15life but those who think they can do not59:19give in by drawing upon their inner59:23powers of mind and spirit they simply59:27refuse to be defeated59:29they know that even the most difficult59:32situations can be overcome so they59:36proceed to overcome them the hopeful59:39thinker projects hope and faith both59:43miracle elements into the darkest59:47situation and lights it up as long as59:51you keep the crippling thought of defeat59:54out of your mind59:55defeat cannot defeat you you can be a60:00winner i’m norman vincent peale i hope60:05you’ve enjoyed this and i wish you the60:08best things always this has been a60:20presentation of simon & schuster audio
What is creativity? Can we develop it, or is it innate? Watch the conversation between Marc Mayer, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada, and Dr. Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, which took place March 9, 2017 at the National Gallery of Canada.
The marshmallow test is a famous psychological experiment that tests children’s willingness to delay gratification. Children are offered a marshmallow, but told that they can have a second marshmallow if they’re willing to wait 15 minutes before eating the first one. Claims that children with the willpower to hold out do much better in life haven’t held up well, but the experiment is still a useful metaphor for many choices in life, both by individuals and by larger groups.
One way to think about the Covid-19 pandemic is that it poses a kind of marshmallow test for society.
At this point, there have been enough international success stories in dealing with the coronavirus to leave us with a clear sense of what beating the pandemic takes. First, you have to impose strict social distancing long enough to reduce the number of infected people to a small fraction of the population. Then you have to implement a regime of testing, tracing and isolating: quickly identifying any new outbreak, finding everyone exposed, and quarantining them until the danger is past.
This strategy is workable. South Korea has done it. New Zealand has done it.
But you have to be strict and you have to be patient, staying the course until the pandemic is over, not giving in to the temptation to return to normal life while the virus is still widespread. So it is, as I said, a kind of marshmallow test.
And America is failing that test.
New U.S. cases and deaths have declined since early April, but that’s almost entirely because the greater New York area, after a horrific outbreak, has achieved huge progress. In many parts of the country — including our most populous states, California, Texas, and Florida — the disease is still spreading. Overall, new cases are plateauing and may be starting to rise. Yet state governments are moving to reopen anyway.
This is a very different story from what’s happening in other advanced countries, even hard-hit nations like Italy and Spain, where new cases have fallen dramatically. It now looks likely that by late summer we’ll be the only major wealthy nation where large numbers of people are still dying from Covid-19.
Why are we failing the test? It’s easy to blame Donald Trump, a man-child who would surely gobble down that first marshmallow, then try to steal marshmallows from other kids. But America’s impatience, its unwillingness to do what it takes to deal with a threat that can’t be beaten with threats of violence, runs much deeper than one man.
It doesn’t help that Republicans are ideologically opposed to government safety-net programs, which are what make the economic consequences of social distancing tolerable; as I explain in today’s column, they seem determined to let crucial emergency relief expire far too soon. Nor does it help that even low-cost measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, above all wearing face masks (which mainly protect other people), have been caught up in our culture wars.
America in 2020, it seems, is too disunited, with too many people in the grip of ideology and partisanship, to deal effectively with a pandemic. We have the knowledge, we have the resources, but we don’t have the will.
The Psychology of Con Artists, and How to Avoid Them