The inevitable conditioning of modern lifestyle makes sure that we are not even aware of something as omnipresent as the humming of an air conditioner — background noise of low intensity — until it stops.
We have somehow learned to live with a certain level of constant discontent, unease, and fear of uncertainty.
As a consequence, all forms of fear — anxiety, tension, stress, worry — has become the socially acceptable form of mental illness.
It has succeeded in desensitizing us to such an extent that we never gather the courage to find out the real reasons behind that…
Lying is difficult because we have to overcome our fear of getting caught. Thus, a majority of us are afraid to tell poker-faced lies to others. But when it comes to deceiving ourselves — we have somehow mastered the craft.
Humans are susceptible to self-deception because they have emotional attachments to their beliefs. They start identifying themselves with their set of beliefs. One deceives oneself to trust something that is not true as to better convince others of that truth. …
Most people are terrible planners — and I don't claim to be an exception by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I used to be so bad at planning that I can be listed among a handful of rare people to have missed their flights on more than a couple of occasions.
After deliberately getting deep into the topic of planning disasters, I came to know that psychologists have a name for it — the planning fallacy.
The planning fallacy refers to an optimistic prediction bias in which people underestimate the time it will take them to complete a…
Compulsive thinking¹ is the process of continually analyzing and anguishing over one’s thoughts.
It often results in rumination, in which an individual feels stuck mentally — rehashing their past or present decisions or actions, says Dr. Jeffrey Huttman, a licensed psychologist and the executive director at Palm Beach Institute.
Compulsive thinkers are highly aware of their thoughts, but they also spend a lot of time trying to understand their thoughts’ causes and meanings.
Do you find yourself caught in a distressing cycle of overanalyzing your thoughts?
Compulsive thinking or overthinking is a prominent characteristic of worry, rumination, and obsessive thinking.
A disproportionate chunk of health discourse is concentrated on the subject of “what” kind of food one should eat to maintain good health — and rarely on the “how” one should eat to get optimum health benefits.
However, being an avid food experimenter myself, I’ve found that the “how” component of the eating experience is crucial in deriving the maximum benefits from “what” we eat. The majority of people are not unhealthy because they’re eating the wrong food — they’re unfit because they’re not eating correctly.
Today, I share the four integral components of good eating: mindfulness, quantity, time, and…
It would be a gross understatement to say that this year has been rough. The Coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns have had a globally devastating impact on our existence.
It has somehow managed to remind us of the vulnerability of humans as a species. The overwhelmingly negative experience of loss, struggle, heartache, anxiety, and stress has amplified the typical uncertainty associated with human existence.
In fact, trying to get positives out of 2020 might look as hard as making milk from almonds. …
After writing for more than four years on Medium, I thought of coming up with a shortlist of articles that are my personal favorites and have managed to receive the most amount of readers' appreciation.
Asking to pick the best among all your articles is a lot like asking a mother to choose her favorite among all her kids. So thanks a lot for appreciating the difficulty involved in the task.
This list should also help someone new to navigate my mind space as a writer.
For overall convenience, I have tried to segregate the articles based on different themes…
Someone grown up on the staple diet of martial art could immediately relate Aikido (a form of martial art) with “Steven Seagal” — a famous action star of the 90s. Yes, you caught me there— I’m old enough to remember action stars of the ’90s — but young enough to practice two different kinds of martial arts, even today.
Meaning ‘the way of harmony and spirit’ Aikido does not look to meet violence with violence — it is primarily based on circular natural body movements whereby an attacker’s aggressive force is turned against them.
In other words, it means that…
A team of code-breakers has solved a cipher attributed to the Zodiac Killer.
David Oranchak, a US-based software developer, Sam Blake, a mathematician based in Australia, and Jarl Van Eycke, a programmer based in Belgium, managed to crack Z340, a 340-character cipher that’s one of four such codes attributed to the Zodiac Killer.
The Zodiac Killer was an unidentified serial killer believed to have killed at least five people in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late ’60s and was known for sending cryptic messages to law enforcement and journalists.
The decoding of the zodiac ciphers by the trio…
It’s the early hours of yet another night. And it’s pouring as if the blanket of dark clouds has been retrofitted with multiple oversized showers. Amit’s Honda city caught in the usual city traffic is just about managing to brave the fury of this inclement weather. It seems to have been putting up a good fight with the twin assistance of efficient wipers and a new driver having a month old driving license.
Amit chooses to wait until he reaches his home to finish two cups of takeaway Chinese noodles that he was too happy to pick up on his…
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