Most of us want to own a Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, or another aristocratic car (or cars) in our life.
It was my dream to have one of these cars of my own, because (I thought) they sent such a strong signal to others that you made it. You’re smart. You’re rich. You have a taste. You’re important. Look at me.
The irony is that I rarely if ever looked at them, the drivers.
When you see someone driving a nice car, you rarely think, “Wow, the guy driving that car is cool.” Instead, you think, “Wow, if I had that car…
Habit formation is the process by which a behavior becomes progressively more automatic through repetition. The more you repeat an activity, the more the structure of your brain changes to become efficient at that activity. Neuroscientists call this long-term potentiation, which refers to the strengthening of connections between neurons in the brain based on recent patterns of activity. With each repetition, cell-to-cell signaling improves and the neural connections tighten.
Repeating a habit leads to clear physical changes in the brain. In musicians, the cerebellum — critical for physical movements like plucking a guitar string or pulling a violin bow —…
Look around yourself. Our society is full of engineered versions of reality that are made so attractive than the world our ancestors evolved in. Some of the smartest people in the world are spending millions of dollars on research so that we buy more products for the companies.
Stores feature mannequins with exaggerated hips and breasts to sell clothes. Social media delivers more “likes” and praise in a few minutes than we could ever get in the office or at home. Advertisements are shot like high-budget movies. Food items are made with addicting sugar and unhealthy preservatives to taste good…
Psychologist Gary Klein once told the author about a woman who attended a family gathering. She was an ex-paramedic. When she looked at her father-in-law, she got very concerned with his face. Later when he was taken to the hospital, it was found out that there was a blockage in a major artery and he has an immediate risk of a heart attack.
The paramedic somehow saw the change in the pattern of distribution of blood near the surface of the skin. There are many such cases, for example, military analysts can differentiate between their own planes and enemy missiles…
In 1898, Edward Thorndike conducted some experiments to understand habits. He would place a cat in a box. The cat could escape the box by performing some simple act, such as pulling at a loop of cord, pressing a lever, or stepping on a platform.
Food items were kept outside so that cats would want to escape the box. First, the cats started poking their nose into corners and claw at loose objects. Soon after few minutes of trial and error, they escaped the box to get the food.
The behavior of many cats was tracked in many trials. After…
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The rise of the internet resulted in the rise of many online organizations and influencers on various social media platforms. Guy-Types has the same aim. We are an online publication on medium. In just two months after starting, we have achieved tremendous growth. We have gained over 2k followers on Instagram and are getting over 4k views on Pinterest with close to 700 visitors on our medium page per month.
We have started expanding now to increase our reach. You can be a part of this rising…
Why is it so hard to make or break habits?
It's so challenging because of two main reasons. 1) We try to change the wrong thing and 2) We try to change it the wrong way. This chapter will address the first one.
So, we are trying to change the wrong thing. To understand what it means, imagine an onion with 3 layers. Each layer represents the levels at which changes can occur.
James clear starts this chapter by telling about the legendary cycling coach Dave Brailsford.
I have written an article about what he did. In short, he did what he called “The aggregation of marginal gains” which is a fancy way of saying he tried to improve everything you can think of, from the seat of the bicycle to the sleep-cycle of his athletes. All these small improvements led to huge improvements in the British cycling team. This made their team win 178 world championships and 66 Olympic medals in just 10 years.
We always overestimate the importance of small things…
In a dystopian world, a browser cookie would be something tasty that your browser would shoot out of the computer so that you could enjoy eating them up while you read us. Unfortunately, we don’t live in such a world and in a computing context, the term cookie doesn’t refer to the real ones.
Instead, cookies are actually small files stored in your browser cache that can do a number of useful things but have also been scrutinized for potentially compromising user privacy. So how exactly do these things work and why the heck are they even called cookies?
You are missing a lot if you don't have these installed. (For almost every browser)
Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari are the most popular browsers all around the world. One of the biggest advantages of using them is their huge collection of extensions which take their powers to next level.
Here is a small list of extensions that everyone should have on their computers. They are in no order.
These extensions will also work on browsers that are based on Chromium (open source version of chrome) like Microsoft’s Edge, Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, etc. Some of these are also available on…
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