Category Archives: Self-development

Compliments: how come we crave them yet fail to accept?

One of these days I praised somebody for the great work she had done. After receiving my compliment she said something like: “That’s actually not that big of a deal, and I am not the only one responsible for the end result, but… thanks“. However, actually it was a big deal and the end result was mainly thanks to her. It made me think about compliments and “properly” accepting them.

Those of you who are active on social networks or have blogs of their own, you crave likes, don’t you? You want as much people as possible to give you that “thumbs up” – a modern equivalent of “a good job!”. Moreover, if your activity did not receive the desired amount of likes you almost feel like something important is missing. Recognition. We all crave recognition. Nevertheless, if actual recognition beyond a simple “thumbs up” comes their way, it somehow makes a lot people try to … apologize. Continue reading Compliments: how come we crave them yet fail to accept?

Getting to know yourself: some worthy (yet free) online psychological tests

My first thorough acquaintance with psychology dates back to early 2000s, when we had a special in-depth course on psychology in the lyceum. Back then, while doing all these lengthy tests, I was annoyed and seriously wondering what would they bring me. They seemed to be so boring, complicated, yet the results, in my opinion, were so obvious. With time I learned to value these insights and work further with them. If they seem obvious – that’s great! That means that my self-awareness is at its high. Nevertheless, in many cases they bring interesting insights which I might have never reflected upon before. All that in its turn significantly contributes to further identifying values, wishes, goals and the best way further.

In this short article I would like to share with you couple of free online resources for psychological tests, which I believe are truly good to know, especially if you are interested in self-development and in self-awareness in general. Thus, let’s begin: Continue reading Getting to know yourself: some worthy (yet free) online psychological tests

The Inner Game of Tennis and Real Life

I have recently finished reading Timothy Gallwey’s “The Inner Game of Tennis”. As mentioned on Goodreads, it is: “a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning.” I am no tennis player. To be precise, I am no player at all, but a bit of golf now and then. Nevertheless, I found the book very relevant also for “games” outside the “court”.

While reading the book Continue reading The Inner Game of Tennis and Real Life

Reflections on “good” and “bad”: insider trading and ethical dilemmas

One of these days I was trying to sort out my archives and stumbled upon notes of 2009 about Galleon (the huge insider trading scandal). I never actually got to assembling them into an article, yet I think that this subject warrants attention. This is even more so in the context of the psychological issues involved. Thus, in this post let me address both.

To begin with, imagine, New York City, 2009. Continue reading Reflections on “good” and “bad”: insider trading and ethical dilemmas

When you feel like watching something good: My 10 favorite TED videos

In my posts I frequently refer to this or that TED video, because lots of them contain numerous well-structured and substantiated points. The motto of TED is “Ideas worth spreading” and in my opinion they really live up to it. I actually don’t recall anymore when did I discover TED for myself, yet I believe it was shortly before embarking on the MBA journey. Hence, I am their devoted fan for 7 years now. There were plenty of videos which I liked, yet in this short post I will list only the ones which left a lasting impression on me and which I would definitely recommend you to see. Hence, there we go (as usual, not in the order of significance, but in the order of remembering): Continue reading When you feel like watching something good: My 10 favorite TED videos