Category Archives: Awareness

My dominant question. What’s yours?

on November 5, 2019 in Awareness, Exercises

I saw friend-of-a-friend, podcast host, and memory expert Jim Kwik speak this morning. He mentioned a concept related to inner monologue: one’s dominant question. He talks about it more on his podcast, but briefly, the concept relates to our inner monologue — the voice running nonstop in our heads. I’ve written on inner monologue, including an exercise to help make you aware of yours: The Most Effective Self-Awareness Exercise I[…] Keep reading →

Did you ever notice when someone cancels . . .

on October 18, 2019 in Awareness, Perception

Following my post the other day Did you ever notice when someone interrupts. . . I always have more work that I can do than time. . . but when someone cancels on me I get annoyed. And when I cancel on someone they reassure me by telling me they can use the time to work. I can to when the situation is reversed, but I still get annoyed. Until[…] Keep reading →

Did you ever notice when someone interrupts. . .

on October 15, 2019 in Awareness, Perception

Sometimes mid-sentence something distracts me and I lose my train of thought. Often when I do, I can’t remember what I was saying before. It annoys me but I move on to something else. By contrast, if a person interrupted me to the same effect, I’d get angry, even if what I were saying were no more important. That is, if while saying the same thing, I were interrupted or[…] Keep reading →

Examples of “tastes good” versus “want more”

on October 7, 2019 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Perception, SIDCHAs

I’ve written on the difference in sensation between something tasting good versus making you feel like you want more of it (see “Want to eat more” and “tastes good” aren’t the same feeling). I also spoke about them as a podcast guest in Tastes Good versus Want More, explored in depth. The difference, briefly: when you bite into a fruit you love, say an apple, it tastes good and you[…] Keep reading →

Artificial Intelligence, us, and becoming superfluous

on October 3, 2019 in Awareness

Going off my usual topics, but when I see people talking about computers reaching and surpassing our intelligence, I only see them talk about it from our perspective. What will the machines or robots do with us? It hit me that if they out-think and out-perform us, first of all, the day they equal us, I expect the next day they’ll out-perform us. Then the following day, or soon after,[…] Keep reading →

Does Personal Action Matter?

on September 6, 2019 in Awareness, Habits, Leadership

If you don’t think personal action makes a difference on big things like elections or the environment, try looking at it this way. I’ll put it in terms of the environment, but it applies to diet, voting, self-expression, and more. Many people do many things against their environmental values. Not just in general, but many times daily. They buy packaged food, they eat packaged food several times daily. They drive[…] Keep reading →

How many times is it normal to be mugged?

on August 24, 2019 in Awareness, Stories

I didn’t share about The five times I got mugged growing up most of my life because I thought everyone had similar experiences. I knew we spent a few years in a particularly economically depressed neighborhood. I sensed it was one of the highest-crime areas of Philadelphia. Still, most of the times happened after we moved from that neighborhood. The time I got sucker-punched by random kids waiting for a[…] Keep reading →

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