Be annoyed then, or not

That thing you anticipate that’s got you all wound up and annoyed – well it hasn’t happened yet. If you’re annoyed in anticipation, then you’re impacting all the things happening right now that deserve your full attention. So, use the intervening time wisely. Be annoyed when the time comes. Better yet, work out how to avert the situation or respond well. Be effective when the … Continue reading Be annoyed then, or not

You don’t know, you know

Reading on from the First Round Review newsletter today (thanks for that tip, Dan), I clicked on a link about imposter syndrome. Dr Emily Anhalt notes: “Most people with competence have some Imposter Syndrome, because they know how much they don’t know. It’s the opposite of the Dunning-Kruger effect.” Competent people know how much they don’t know. If you’re feeling inadequate, remember you’re merely conscious … Continue reading You don’t know, you know

Clutching at stories

I’m reading ‘Lost Connection’ by Johann Hari again. It tells a powerful story about the impact of pharmaceutical company profiteering on how depression is treated. Regardless of whether or not he’s right about that, there’s a clear acknowledgment of the placebo effect in the medical profession. Placebos work because of the stories (which may be implicit) we absorb about them. For good or bad, humans … Continue reading Clutching at stories