The oldest manipulation tool in the world

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How you are fooled with candy and smoothies Photo by Shane Devlin on Unsplash There are books that promise to teach you to manipulate other people. They have creative names like Manipulation by Daniel Spade, Manipulation by Martin Pete, Manipulation by Jacob Greene, Controlling People by Patricia Evans, The Psychology of Influence by Robert Cialdini. I will not argue that manipulation does not exist. Or that these books are useless. We manipulate each other all the time. It is a core dimension of human interaction. And you can learn to become better at it. Besides the fancy techniques and complex theories, there is manipulation…

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Why are there so many anti-lockdown protests?

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And how can people be anti-masks and anti-vaccine? Image source: The Guardian Recently there have been a lot of protests against lockdowns in Europe. Many of the protesters had slogans and demands that implied the lockdowns were a conspiracy to restrict their freedom and harm them. They also had anti-mask slogans. And protested against vaccination. They boycotted hospitals calling ‘Stop the assassins’. They threw objects and attacked the police. In many cases it degenerated into violence and vandalism. Why do people do this? From the outside it looks irrational. They are protesting…

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How to Create More Time – Part 2

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To Achieve Success, Embrace Failure Photo by Lê Tân on Unsplash Sum-up:  Overcome procrastination caused by your fear of failure through 7 tactics:Divide your task into smaller subtasks;Imagine the worst possible outcome;Learn to embrace uncertainty;Forgive yourself for procrastinating;Aim to deliver good enough, not perfect;Do hard things first;Identify and prioritize important tasks over urgent ones Last week we explored the deep causes of procrastination, and four general techniques to combat it. I got a lot of interest on the subject. Everybody seems to want more time. Who would have thought?  So this…

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How to Create More Time – Part 1

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Shrink the Black Hole of Procrastination “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I used to procrastinate all the time. I spent more time procrastinating than I did doing the things I planned to do. I browsed the Internet, played games, read, doodled, tidied up, ate, cooked, smoked instead of doing what I wanted to do. I wasted time. Then I felt so guilty about wasting time, I found other distractions to avoid the unpleasant feeling.…

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How to live 9 years longer

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How much would you pay for an additional 9 years of life? 10,000$? 100,000$? More? Is there a financial limit to how much 9 years are worth? After all 9 years means 3285 days or 78840 hours or 4730400 minutes. There is no limit to the amount of money that you could potentially make. Time is the only non-renewable resource. You should trade money for time. But what if it were cheap to live 9 years longer? You don't need to spend millions on unproven high-tech pharmaceuticals and gadgets. You only…

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