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Procrastination Is Mostly About Fear

Video: We all procrastinate now and then. While it might feel like we procrastinate out of laziness or a lack of willpower, the root of the problem is often fear, as the video above from The School of Life illustrates.

Real Confidence Begins With Believing In Your Ability To Improve

While having too much confidence can be detrimental, having none at all can be even worse. If you want to make any real headway in developing your self-confidence, you have to start by believing you can change.

Solving The Procrastination Puzzle: A Field Guide To Finally Getting Started

How often do you catch yourself putting things off until tomorrow? Does “tomorrow” ever really come? In Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, you’ll learn what causes you to procrastinate, how it can negatively affect your life, and some practical ways to fight it off.

Having A Strong-Willed, Even Disobedient Child Can Be A Good Thing

We all want our kids to listen to us and do as we say, but sometimes they’re simply headstrong and defiant. Some kids are more like this than others, and that might not be an entirely bad thing.

If You Want Your Praise To Have Any Effect, Make Sure It's Honest

It sounds like something that should go without saying, but if you’re trying to offer praise and support to someone, an honest compliment will almost always work better than a feigned one.

This Video Illuminates The Benefits Of Pessimism

Being pessimistic is typically seen as a bad trait, but it’s not all bad news. The School of Life takes a look at some of pessimism’s more redeeming qualities in the video above.

Four Sneaky Ways To Trick Your Enemies Into Becoming Allies

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. You may not like them, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be useful to you — or at least kept at bay. Here are four clever psychological tricks to turn them into allies.

Why It's Better To Reward Groups Than Inviduals

Virtually everyone lives and works in a team, but there is a tension between what is good for the group and what is good for the individual. Within a group competitive individuals do better but cooperative groups as a whole do better. So who should be rewarded: the individual or the group?

Top Ten Careers That Attract Psychopaths

If you’ve been in the workplace for any extended period of time, chances are you’ve encountered a psychopath at some point in your career. Contrary to popular belief, not all psychopaths are serial killers or axe murderers. In fact, only a small majority of psychopaths are actually violent at all. Instead, you’ll find that psychopaths will almost always be superficially charming, yet can prove to be self-serving and callous on closer inspection. Thanks to the specific set of traits that defines psychopathy, they’re far more likely to be drawn to certain careers than to others.

Three Evil Skills I Learned In Childhood That Come In Handy As An Adult

The first evil skill I acquired was subterfuge. Trying to deceive my parents is one of my earliest memories. I escaped from my crib by removing one of its loose bars and then, after climbing out, put the bar back in — as if to trick my parents that I was still in there.

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