'Self-Delusion Is One Of The Greatest Inventions In Human History'

At some point you've been told to fake it 'til you make it, and that's because with a little effort you can delude yourself into believing — and then becoming — whatever you hope to be. As A.J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy, points out in this quote, we're a lot more flexible and less stubborn than we may think.

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He explains:

Our behaviour greatly affects our thoughts and attitudes. If you are feeling a lack of confidence or have an urge to change something within yourself, you must "act your way into a new way of thinking," rather than trying to think your way into a new way of acting.

Not sure how to fake-act? A few body language changes can make a big difference.

Insights from A.J. Jacobs, Joe Gebbia, Charlie Todd, & More at the 2013 99U Conference [The 99U]


Comments

    This is so true!

    I also think that our genetics dictate our response to certain situations which in turn impacts biology and reinforces those responses. that bio-psycho-social thing that psychologists talk about is very self reinforcing ... IMHO

    Yeah I agree too - perception, including how we perceive ourselves is everything.

    There are some fantastic talks by Alan Watts on this topic ... I think he's on youtube ... Incredible speaker.

    I feel so fake right now...

    I must like totally be a supermodel! :D

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