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Taking a Break: Why ‘Dropping’ a Year is Not a Big Thing

Why ‘Dropping’ a Year is Not a Big ThingReading Time: 4 minutes

We are told from everyone not to ‘drop’ a year if we fail to get into that esteemed institute or university. But in this post, I argue that taking a break in life is not only a good thing but also an essential thing. Read on.

 

Ever since we start going to school from our early ages, we never stop. From kindergarten till 12th, we are on a continuous march. And after 12th class, we have to make a decision about college and then our college life starts.

After that, we usually get a job, which usually goes on till we are in our late 50s or early 60s. In between, we get married and have kids and our own family. Everything seems planned, and more importantly, fixed. And any sense of deviation is frowned up on by the society, your peers and even your family.

In this post, I will argue the opposite and talk about ‘dropping’ a year and how it can actually help you in various aspects. Let’s try to see first why the idea of ‘dropping’ a year is seen as something negative.

 

‘Dropping’ a Year – What Exactly are We ‘Dropping’?

One of the reasons why dropping a year is looked down upon in the society it is because of the expectations attached to each age bracket of our lives. Society – an extension of our peers and families – has standardised expectations of how our lives should go, which I mentioned earlier.

Any person who seems to step away – intentionally or unintentionally – from this set track faces a backlash of an emotional kind from the nearest kin or friends. This leads to self-questioning and even depression at times. As we, seem to have, fallen under the eyes of our peers.

Also, look at the way the phrase is coined – Dropping a Year. What exactly are we dropping? We don’t have the ability to drop time, literally. Some even call it ‘wasting time by not being on the set path’.

 

Pausing Life to Know Yourself Better

 

I would like to offer an alternative way to look at the same thing. Our lives have become so fast-paced that we sometimes lose track how fast things pass by us. From our school days to our college days and then our work life – all seem to fly past us without us noticing.

And during all these phases we fail to see how we, as a person, change. We do not reflect on what we are doing and how it may be affecting our lives. And in the process, we end up doing things which we might not even want to – prime example choosing a certain stream which may not be right for you. Or even doing a certain job which is not right for you to begin with. Which often leads to discontentment among the people.

I argue that it is important – imperative even to take a break, or pause life for a bit. Pause life so you can reflect on what you are doing, why you are doing it and what does it mean for you. Take a break to reassess your life, your wants and needs, and your passions.

 

A Personal Anecdote

Just to give you an example, I will narrate my story. In class 12th I had taken the subjects PCM or ‘non-medical’ as commonly known. I didn’t know why I took them but I guess I was just following the herd at that moment.

Lo and behold, I ended up failing 12th, unsurprisingly. After that, I took a break, paused my life for a few years. Yes, years! I didn’t take the 12th board exams for another couple of years as I felt it was not what I wanted to do. Sounds blasphemous, right?

Instead, I did other things – I read literature, some philosophical in nature, watched a lot of world cinema, traveled and had new experiences. In all, I went on a journey to discover myself in order to know myself better.

After this break, I found myself reinvigorated and more confident about what I wanted to do. Roughly 10 years later, I am on my way to do what I want to do and feel at peace about it. And yes, I did clear that 12th eventually.

 

What You Can Do

Well, I am not saying everyone takes a break of 2-3 years and start wandering around. For those students who feel comfortable and know that they want to do what they are doing, then you don’t need to.

But for those who feel things are moving too fast and you feel confused about yourself and what you want to do. Then taking a break is always a good option. Take that trip or do some volunteer work or read that novel you’ve been putting off or start reading literature if you haven’t or start learning a musical instrument – whatever floats your boat.

The idea is to explore other avenues that life has to offer. And in doing so you will explore yourself – which is the main objective. The period of break depends on you and your comfort level.

At first, your peers and family members will strongly object to it but it is something worth resisting. But its always better to stop and explore the things you feel like doing rather than going with the flow and doing things you don’t want to do.

 

To Conclude

Now, what I have said is a very personal opinion about life and how to explore it. It doesn’t that is a right way or ‘the’ right way. But it is one of the ways as there is no right way. As in the end, life is all about trying to be the best version of ourselves. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

 

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How to deal with regression while reading

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Regression happens when we are reading. To explain it simply it means when we are re-reading the text. I am sure almost everyone has gone through regression. It reduces both our reading speed and efficiency.

 

Imagine if it happens to you when you are giving a test and you get stuck with that text/para/lines. Then what will you do? Often what I have observed is that people when reading either

 

 

  • Read it loudly
  • Subvocalize  
  • Would frown
  • Bring text closer to the eyes.

 

Both of the methods prove to be inadequate.

 

Being a voracious reader. I am a daily newsreader. I have extensively read art, literature, nonfiction, meteorology, law, Macro Economics, and politics.

 

Problem is trying to hard or focusing more through facial expression will not help.

 

There are many reasons for regression

Mental Fatigue Poor Comprehensibility Distraction
Stress when reading Disturbances

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Not much of Reader

 

One of the basic reasons for you regressing is either the topic which you are reading seems tougher to comprehend or you are not much of a reader.

 

So, you must read as much as you can fighting the regression as it comes along. Progressively, you will tend to regress less than you used to. It is a fact.

 

Some hacks that I use whenever regression happens,  

 

  • If you are reading for a long time and you start to regress/reading the same lines again, then you should probably take a short break, probably a tea break.

 

  • Regression may happen when your text is very closely written and is comprehensive. A textbook with long paragraphs and shorter font should be avoided.  Since reading requires eye movement closely placed text and shorter font will make it likely that you will regress.

 

  • Usually what I have noticed is that eyes tend to vacillate between some lines or a para, re-reading it. This is costly when you are giving an exam. If you notice yourself stuck in regressing, Jump to the next most suitable lines, which your mind is able to comprehend easiest. Skip those lines if required and come back to them after reading whole text/chapter.

 

  • Most important, consciously make an effort to understand whatever you are reading. Let it be slow at first (if it is). Reading is a skill. Any skill takes time to develop, you have to put in practice into it.

 

Regression is not necessarily a bad thing. It might be indicating something, for example, distraction, lack of concentration, boringness with respect to text which you are reading, and disturbances.

 

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How to Boost your Emotional Intelligence

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Did you know that there’s another intelligence to us that we don’t explore much? That’s right, we are talking about Emotional intelligence and it is a very important component of our personality. In this post, we will discuss how to boost your emotional intelligence. Read on.

 

Emotional intelligence is an important component of our overall personality. It can be defined as the ability to understand and manage and express effectively one’s own feelings. EQ or EI also helps us navigate emotions in daily conversations and activities.

It is absolutely essential in the development, formation, and maintenance of relationships and interpersonal connections. And unlike IQ, which is believed to be static over the course of our lives, our EQ actually evolves and increases as our desire to learn to grow.

In this post, we will talk about certain ways to boost your emotional intelligence so that you can have meaningful conversations and make strong bonds in your daily lives.

 

Managing Negative Emotions

We all get sometimes negative emotions – depending on the circumstances that surround us. And sometimes these emotions can overwhelm us beyond despair. In order to navigate and manage these feelings, we need to change the way we think about them.

  1. Reducing Negative Personalisation – The first way you can do that is try avoiding jumping to negative conclusions. For instance, if someone is not replying or behaving in a weird way – do not think straight away it has something to do with you or something bad has happened. Instead, look at that situation from multiple points of views before reacting.
  2. Managing the Fear of Rejection – One of the difficult negative emotion that always engulfs it the fear of rejection or failure. Navigating this is often tricky and the fear itself – and not the actual rejection or failure – can bring you down.

 

The best way to navigate these feelings is to think and working towards strong alternatives and having multiple options. This helps because no matter what happens you will have options nonetheless. As they say, you should never put your eggs in one basket.

Managing Stressful Situations

Our daily lives have become hotbeds of stress and anxiety. It is important for us to know how to handle such situations. When under pressure or extreme stress, the most important thing you can do it keep calm and keep your cool.

If in case, the stress getting too overwhelming then you can do certain things to calm yourself down: 1. Put cold water on your face and get some fresh air; 2. Try avoiding caffeinated beverages; 3. You should also try doing aerobic exercises which will help you feel energetic.

 

Being Assertive and Expressive

There are times when we want to set boundaries or be outright about our emotions so that the other person does not take undue advantage. That is what being emotionally assertive means. This could mean by practicing our right to disagree or saying “NO” without feeling guilty about it.

It is all about setting the right priorities and able to express how we feel. This also means effective means of communication with the people around you. Better communication and effective expression of emotions often lead to a congenial environment.

 

Being Proactive and not Reactive

We all face sometimes unreasonable people in our lives. Be in the workplace or someone in your class and it can be challenging as that person can severely affect your mood.

If you are in such situations and feeling aggravated and feel that you may be about to burst open, you can do certain things remain calm. 1. Take a deep breath and try counting backward to ten. Usually, you will calm down and you will not react to the other person. 2. Another way is that you can try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Even though that does not excuse unacceptable behavior, but still the idea is to remind yourself that people may be acting because of certain personal situations themselves.

 

Bouncing Back from Adversity

We all know that life often gets tough and we have to face tough situations, often setbacks. But it will depend on how we think and feel and act towards’ life’s constant challenges. The way we think and feel in such situations can be a difference between optimism and pessimism.

In order to escape unscathed from these challenges is to keep asking yourself questions – how to learn from this experience or what can be done now. The more insightful questions you can ask at these situations – the more you will optimistic about the future.

 

Practicing Empathy

Most of us, when we hear the sad news about someone else, feel pity or sympathetic towards them. However helpful, that is not what desired but being empathetic is the key towards building strong interpersonal relationships.

Practicing empathy means trying to feel what the other person is feeling and then helping them get through it. This not only helps in building a strong relationship but also strengthens your ability to understand people more effectively.

 

To Conclude

Emotional intelligence has the ability to evolve over time. It is up to you as you need to have the desire and will to keep improving. Improving EQ is very helpful and by these techniques, you can easily increase your EQ and be a stronger and better person.

So, what are you waiting for, start using these techniques and be a better version of yourself? Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

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6 Ways to Cope with Failure

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Have you ever failed at doing something? Do you feel the dread of failing at something? This post will help you deal with failure and in the process show, it is an essential part of life. Read on.

 

We all face the fear of failing. It is a terrible feeling to have and can lead to stress and anxiety. The act of failing, under these circumstances, can lead to even depression and suicidal tendencies. For example, in India suicide rates is among the highest to a youngster who fails a certain exam.

This is an extremely sorry state of affairs, where failure at one event or task in life can lead to such sad events. It is therefore very important to change the way we think and handle the idea of failure.

But how to do it? We would like to share our tips on how to cope with failure and re-think of it as an important part of life.

6 Ways to Cope with Failure

 

Accepting How You Feel

The first and most important thing that you should do, if you have failed at something, is to accept it openly. It is very important to embrace your emotions and feelings. One method you can do that is by either writing them down in a diary.

Writing down how you are feeling is a great way to get things out. It also gives you a perspective on how are you able to handle it.

Talking with Your Friends and Peers

The next thing you should do is talking about it with your close friends or family. Do not wallow in despair all alone, as that could spiral into further depression. Talking with friends and family not only helps you feel better but also makes you realize that it is not such a big thing.

Friends and family help you realize that the act of failing is something normal and not a big deal. This helps you deal with your emotional health, which is necessary at that vulnerable point.

Failure Does Not Define You

Another important thing to know is that one moment of failure does not define your life or who you are. You can always try again or move on to other things. Failing at a task or an exam does not mean you are a failure, it means you did not prepare well for that exam or took a big risk and did not plan it well. Failing at something never defines you, but rather it helps you realise your flaws, which we all have.

 

Rethinking the Idea of Failure

But probably the most important thing that you should do is the change the way you think about “failure”. The problem with our society in today’s world is that we are trained to believe from the start not to make any mistakes. Making mistakes is close to sin and that fuels our anxiety of ‘failing’.

Failing at something is a mistake that you have made while doing a particular task. So, the need of the hour is to think of failing as just another mistake, from which you can learn. It is just another step towards your goals or dreams.

Find Inspiration from examples from the world

One way to feel better is to seek out other examples of people and how they dealt with failure in their life and used it for greater success later. There are many famous personalities who initially failed but later learned from it and became successful.

For example, big names like Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, in their early careers made many mistakes but now they are extremely successful people.

Moving Forward

Last but not least you need to look at the failure with a critical eye in order to know your weaknesses. After doing this you can reassess your strategy for the next attempt at the task or an exam.

So, a failure, in the end, is nothing but a part of a step towards the bigger success.

To Conclude

I’ll end with a famous quote by the celebrated playwright Samuel Becket,

“Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”

So, remember friends’ failure is nothing but a step and part of life and it helps you be a better person. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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The Power of Puzzle

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We all love a good puzzle. Be it in the shape of a maze or a word-twisting statement – we love solving puzzles. Everyone has come across this problem-solving game in their childhood.  

Even adults pursuing it as a hobby. It doesn’t matter if it’s a math puzzle or blocks or simple wooden or cardboard puzzle, as long they are solving puzzling problems.

I can even name one personality who’s a favorite hobby is puzzle solving. He’s none other than Wolverine, Hugh Jackman. You can check on his Instagram profile where you would find him solving his Wentworth wooden puzzles. Recently he just completed the Vincent Van Gogh puzzle which took him 4 months.

Even I have some childhood memories related to puzzles. My first puzzle was a dinosaur puzzle. I am pretty sure you have the same kind of memories too related to puzzles. So, let’s be a little nostalgic today and relive them again.

Here I’ll tell you how puzzles can improve your mental capabilities like problem-solving skills, planning, and strategy, eye-hand coordination, concentration. Even puzzles can increase productivity at work.

 

The Power of Puzzle

 

 

Problem-solving skills

When you are solving a puzzle, you come across a lot of challenging situations – whether it’s a picture puzzle, Sudoku or crosswords. In order to solve these problems, you develop a strong problem-solving skill in this period.

As the level of difficulty increases, the problem-solving skill gets sharper and more versatile. It promotes logical and thinking skills in a child. That’s the reason why in most of day care centers and creches you will find puzzle games. You will be surprised to know that when you are solving a puzzle a lot of processes are happening in our brain. These include:

 

  • Perceptually recognizing a problem.
  • Representing the problem in memory.
  • Considering relevant information that applies to the current problem.
  • Identify different aspects of the problem.
  • Labeling and describing the problem

So, find a puzzle book or a cube or similar things like that without wasting time.

 

 

Planning and strategy

You can’t imagine even your single day without planning or strategy. So, this makes it a very important skill in our day to day life. The more polished and refined it is easier it is for a person to handle a number of stressful situations.

At workplaces, strategic planning is one of the most sought-after skills for managers. Moreover, planning gives clarity. Clarity is key as you have to be clear about your objectives and what you want to achieve.

Puzzles play a big role in refining and polishing these skills. Not just for adults introducing a child to puzzles is good too as it increases their skills.

The child has to be able to strategize how all the parts fit together to form the whole picture. This requires concentration, focus, reasoning, and memory; by using all of these his thinking skills are being developed.

 

Eye-hand coordination

Maybe you have heard gamers or artists have good hand-eye coordination, but they are not the only ones. Puzzles have the power to improve your hand-eye coordination too as while solving a puzzle, the child has to manipulate the pieces and their hands, eyes, and fingers have to work together in a direction to solve the puzzle.

Position and direction are used as part of fine sensory-motor co-ordination as well as visual discrimination. He has to identify the shape, color, and size of the pieces in order to correctly match the pieces together.

 

 

Concentration and productivity

To solve a puzzle, whether it be a picture puzzle or sudoku, simple crosswords or a mathematical one you have to be very precise and sincere to convert your efforts into success. To achieve this kind of precision, concentration is a must as without it you can’t achieve much.

As soon as you put a wrong number in sudoku or a wrong piece in your cardboard puzzle it can turn it from upside down. And I am sure you don’t like a dinosaur with tail on its head as it really looks pathetic.

So, while doing these activities your concentration improves a lot. From concentration comes better productivity. Concentration means the power to focus all your attention on one single objective. And it’s this single-minded attention that can help boost productivity and improve your ability to learn, to remember, and to recall information far more quickly and easily.

 

To Conclude

So, if you reached this far by reading all the facts that you know about puzzles then I am definitely sure you understood the power of puzzles which I want to convey in this blog. So, go to your nearest store, or order it on Amazon or just solve sudoku in the everyday newspaper. Just get back to solving puzzles and improving your mental capabilities. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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Awesome Tips to Improve Your Mental Capabilities

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Ever wanted to improve the abilities of your mind? With some easy tips, you can increase your mental capabilities. Read on.

Our brain is one of the most complex organs of our body. In order to keep it sharp we need to keep doing certain exercises, yes you read it right, exercise to keep our brains sharp. It is very easy to lose the sharpness of the mind, hence it is necessary to make efforts to keep it sharp.

Here are some tips that you can do help improve your mental capabilities.

 

Awesome Tips to Improve Your Mental Capabilities

 

Keeping it Busy

 

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The key is the consistent hustling of your brain. You should keep using it and don’t give it a big break. By doing activities like solving puzzles, playing chess, solving riddles or playing some specific card games like bridge,  can significantly help you to increase your mental abilities.

These game and puzzles help you to increase your problem-solving skills and induce strategy making in you, as result of that you are able to see a significant increase in your mental capabilities which In the end will help you to tackles your daily problems in a more simplified way.

 

Meditate

 

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Meditation is like an elixir to your brain. After going through a day which is full of stress and hotchpotch, mediation will help you to revive your brain. The benefits which mediation gives are widely accepted and backed by a various number of sciences and psychological researches.

By meditation you can go into a state which is full of serenity and peace and this state will help you make decisions in a better way. By taking a decision in a better way I mean to see every pros and con of the situation and you could only do that when your mind is a certain peace and relaxation levels.

 

Mental Exercises

You can increase your concentration and focus through several exercises specifically designed for this purpose like tratak, a famous eastern technique in which you have to focus on a bright point or source of light continuously and stay in the present moment. This will give you a sharp edge to your mind and you are able to understand and react to situations around you in a better way.

There are other few techniques like yoga or some herbs. Ginseng is a  herb used widely in South Asian countries promote healthy brain function. Skullcap, valerian and gingko biloba are also recommended to increase concentration and focus.

 

Making Maths Your Friend

 

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Now, don’t get afraid now and please don’t press the back button on your screen. I know for some Maths isn’t the subject that they have fond memories of. But when it comes to increasing your mental capabilities Mathematics is the tool which you can’t take lightly.

Mathematics always give you opportunities to delve and jump into the ocean of problems which will surely provide your brain oxygen as you going to increase your proximity to this subject. Through problem-solving which you are facing during mathematics, sessions will increase your ability to see the problems in different perspectives and help you to be more effective and productive in your day to day life.

 

Don’t take longer breaks

Most of the times during summer vacations or when our semester ends a big break is there. While our brain is used to the day to day activities, but during this break, our brain is not used that much, which in the end contributes to the rusting process of your mind.

The reason behind this is irregularities due to these long breaks. So if you are off from the schedule for a long time keep add activities like newspaper reading or read some novels or keep your brain active mentally, during this break, to keep it in shape.

 

Exercising and Stretching

 

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Not only hustling is the way to increase your mental capabilities, relaxation and cutting yourself from the regular schedule is the other side of the coin. By indulging into yoga, stretching and other physical exercises will increase your blood flow up to 30% in different parts of the brain.

According to a study Exercising actually helps increase learning capacity, after exercise the brain picks up vocabulary words 20% quicker. So, all in all, you need to keep a balance between the two.

 

Reading Books and Novels

 

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Reading books and novels are also a novel way to help keep your brain afresh. By reading books and novels you can keep practicing your concentration skills even when you are off.

The thrilling plots and characters help your brain to keep running and guessing what is going to happen next. So, grab a book today and start reading!

 

To Conclude

 

So, there you have it, some very essential and easy tips to keep that brain afresh of yours. Well, not only fresh but also these tips will help you improve your mental capabilities overall. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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10 Biases that Affect Your Decision-Making

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Did you know that almost all of our actions and decisions have an implicit bias in them? There are so many unconscious biases that play a vital role in each decision. This article will talk about such biases. Read on.

We all have our little prejudices buried deep within our consciousness that often plays an important role in our day to day lives. These prejudices, also known as biases, comes in various forms and are of various types.

This article will talk about (13?) biases that affect our daily decisions that we have never thought of. Now, there is nothing in the wrong if you have any or even all of them but after reading this article you should be able to make a more informed decision and knowing whether bias has influenced your decision.

 

Availability Heuristic

Sometimes people end up overestimating the information that they have. No matter how limited it may be but the fact that it is available in front of them makes an important impact on their opinions.

For example, if you know few people who smoked daily and live up to 90 years, you’d still argue that smoking is not unhealthy as you have certain evidence in front of you, which might just be the exception but not the norm.

 

Bandwagon Effect

Have you ever noticed that your opinion may be influenced by other opinions around you? This is what is known as the bandwagon effect. In this, the probability of a person’s adopting a particular belief increases if a similar belief is held by others.

In most cases, it is also called the ‘Herd-Mentality’ and often ends up people accepting things without questioning it. This is a powerful form of groupthink and because of it most meetings up being unproductive.

 

Recency Bias

Recency bias refers to the tendency to weigh on the latest or the last information more heavily rather than earlier data. For example, if you were given a string of names, most likely it will be that you will remember the last one the most and think about the question while keeping that information in mind.

 

Clustering Illusion

Human beings are meaning-making species. They seek meaning in everything, as that is one of their key attributes. Following from this, there is a tendency to see patterns in every-day random events.

Now, this may seem harmless exploration of life at first but it has a dangerous side to it as it is key to various gambling fallacies. For example, in a roulette, we feel after a certain amount of blacks have come that the probability of red has increased, which is however not the case.

 

Anchoring Bias

You may have noticed that the first piece of information that you hear often ends up informing your decisions. This is called Anchoring Bias. Studies have shown that most people rely on that first piece of information.

For example, say in case of salary negotiations, whosoever makes the first offer establishes a possible range of possibilities in each other’s minds.

 

Choice-Supportive Bias

It happens to all of us, we are often conflicted whenever we have to choose between two things but after we have made that decision, we feel good about it. Whenever we choose or have something of our own, we tend to be positive and defend it, even if that has flowed.

For example, you may feel your dog or cat is the best in the world – even if they bite people once or twice.

 

Conservatism Bias

This bias comes when people tend to favor prior existing evidence over new evidence which may be something contrary to the present belief. This is known as Conservatism Bias.

The prime example of is that people initially were slow to accept that our Planet, Earth was round because earlier ideas and opinions and understandings that Earth was flat.

 

Placebo Effect

This is also one of the most famous biases, but one which has a positive side to it. It is called the Placebo Effect. It leans on having faith in positivity. It is observed when simply believing that something will have a positive effect on you actually causes it to have that effect.

The simplest example comes from the field of medicine, where during drug trials people are given fake pills, also experience the same effects as people given the real drugs.

 

Confirmation Bias

One of the most common experiences biases out there. Confirmation bias means that we tend to listen to information or view that tend to confirms our own preconceptions. In the age of social media, this has led to the phenomena of ‘the Echo-Chamber’ effect.

This is one of the primary reasons why it’s getting difficult to have intelligent conversations on various important issues, for example, Climate Change.

 

Stereotyping

Another bias that almost all of us suffer from is the ‘stereotype’ bias. Stereotyping is a mental practice that reduces a complex person to a simple category. And based on that reduction we expect them to have certain qualities, which they may not have.

This is a very bad habit but the most common examples that come are like stereotypical statements like women are bad drivers. That is not scientifically true and we have a made a stereotype based on gender bias.

 

To Conclude

So, how many biases you think you have? Do you know any other that we might have missed? This is not an exhaustive list as there are others but for us, these are the most important ones and which we all have.

You may be thinking, okay now we know such biases exist in us, but how do we fight them? Well, the only way you can is by knowing about them and then thinking carefully before making any new decisions. This is the best way to deal with implicit biases. I hope this article has been helpful, till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with BrainPundits!

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How to Keep Yourself Motivated

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In today’s fast-paced world, it is very easy to get demotivated. Be it with your work, be it with normal daily activities as it can get soul-draining. In this post, we will talk about certain tricks to keep your motivation levels high. Read on.

 

There are times when all of us feel drained by the daily humdrum of our lives. We start to feel less motivated towards our day to day activities. How to retain your motivation levels? How to improve your motivation levels?

This post will talk about certain easy tips to help retain your motivation levels. It is necessary because, higher levels of motivation will make you feel good about yourself and whatever, work your doing.

How to Keep Yourself Motivated

 

 

Break Your Work into Smaller Pieces

 

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Making small goals of your whole work will surely help you to keep motivated for the bigger picture that you have in your mind. By making smaller goals and milestones and at the end of the day or week or month will surely be going to give you a sense of achievement and keep you motivated for the next small piece of your journey.

 

Keeping Track of Your Achievements

 

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Keeping track that what have you achieved till yet will surely keep you up to. By knowing that you can easily dodge the balls of underestimating and overestimating yourself. The dodging of these demons will provide you with real pictures of your capabilities and what you can achieve will surely give you an edge over your competitors.

The boosted confidence and self-esteem, in the end, keep you motivated and keep you in the game kicking and alive. They also keep you focused and make you feel good about yourself.

 

Meet Like-Minded People

 

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Hanging around with a peer group and community with the same perspectives will surely help you a lot. In psychology behavior, modeling plays a big role in human life, by this I mean, a technique which a person uses to learn behavior.

So, if you are around the like-minded peers and they also are interested in habits which are similar to you then it also helps your motivation levels.

 

Keep Hustling for Your Goals

 

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Hustle, hustle, hustle! The mere truth is no one can really replace your hard work and dedication. So, keep hustling for your dream is a non-replacement tool from your life. By this, you can stay motivated and achieve your goals without any interference of excuses.

Because excuses and laziness are two of the biggest walls in front of you and your goals. So only hustling will help you to eradicate it. Eradication of laziness and excuses will surely keep you motivated.

 

Staying Organised and Focused

 

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Having a good routine, maintaining it and sticking to it will help you to stay organized and focused. By doing this, you can throw away a lot of distractions. When you have easy access to distractions all around you then it becomes hard to focus.

And as soon you lose your focus, you will also lose your vision too. So, it is better to stick to a routine and keeping track of your progress.

 

Listening to Speeches and Stories

 

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You can find numerous stories, speeches, blogs etc on the internet which will certainly help you regain your motivation levels. Listen to Ted Talks, read biographies and watch documentaries of famous personalities and entrepreneurs as their stories are a great motivation to everyone.

The stories of their fight under pessimistic situations and how they stood up against all odds will surely motivate you and wake you up before the bell of alarm.

 

Move Your Body and Stay Fit

 

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A healthy mind stays in a healthy body. This is not just a saying but it is widely applicable, trust me. Getting sick or poor functioning of your body will surely take away your motivation.

So, to stay fit hit the gym, go on small walks, run at an easy pace or do other exercises. I find that just 20-30 minutes of lifting free weights releases inner tensions and stress and makes me feel more focused once again.

 

Time Management

 

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A unique time management technique is called the 4 quadrant technique. It will be used for managing your time. It will surely help you to manage your time and also work as a screening where you are losing your time.

In this technique, you have to make four quadrants and designate it into four categories

  • Most productive
  • Average
  • Least
  • Wasted time.

This screening of time will help you to reduce your time wastage a result of which you can fetch better results by Providing an ample amount of time to your project and achieve goals.

 

To Conclude

 

So, there you have it, some very easy to do tips to keep your motivation levels high. By following these tips, I’m sure you will find a change in your lifestyle and your motivation levels. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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Impact of Media on Children

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Media plays a very important role in our lives. These days we are witnessing both the beneficial and harmful role of media in our day to day lives. For example, from Russian meddling in the US elections, Facebook data lawsuit, Google lawsuit touch upon the privacy issues of our times.

But on the other hand, there are various awareness campaigns like Swatch Bharat Abhiyan, Khelo India which is flourishing because of the role that media played. From these examples, you get to understand the power of media.

Media is also used by various agencies, brands, and organizations to influence people. 0Advertising business alone is worth billions of dollars.. And all those billions are just to influence us. Because these advertising agencies know the power of media they are flooding those billions on it.

This article will focus on the power of media in influencing our children and their perception towards this world.

 

 

What do statistics say?

 

Let me first talk about the numbers. According to the surveys children first become viewers in early infancy. In a survey, around  40 percent of U.S. 3-month-olds regularly watch either TV or videos on phone.

This figure rises significantly and a staggering to 90 percent by the age of 2. It is a period known as the sensorimotor period according to Jean Piaget in which toddlers have difficulty applying what they see on the screen to their everyday experiences, which can increase conflicts in their process of learning.

Viewing time increases to an average of 3½ hours a day in middle childhood, i.e. 3 to 8 year. Which can even extend to 5 hours a day, when they are in their early adolescence. They usually spend most of the time on cell phones, tablets or access to TV programs. 

By coming too late adolescence, time devoted to TV somehow diminishes to 3 to 4 hours a day. the decrease in the amount of time is due to some factors like, increase in parent and peer attraction, they start getting friends and other peers to hang around with , even a little freedom received by parents through which the can freely go to a cinema or a theme park or a particular restaurant for dinner or lunch influence their TV watching.

 

So, overall these are interesting numbers which tell us something about the patterns of consumption of media in general among children as they grow up.

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Television and Social Learning

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A lot of studies have addressed the impact of TV on violence, no matter whether they are children of adults. Many incidents of violence that happened in past or even happening in the present day have been linked with the representation of violence in TV shows and movies. However, there is no concrete evidence to suggest that TV shows or movies have a direct or causal link with an increase in violence.

One of the most famous example in psychology called Bandura’s Bobo Doll experiment. In this experiment, two different groups of children were shown two different videos. Group 1 was shown a video in which an adult was behaving violently towards a doll. While in the other the behavior was neutral. The results showed that the group of children who watched the violent video showed more aggressiveness towards a Bobo doll. While the other group was neutral. This was a significant study as it showed how children imbibe information from moving images.

 

Video Games

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Let’s move on to the realm of video games. They are one of the most immersive media formats out there. Playing speed-and-action video games may improve these children’s selective attention and spatial skills. But extensive game playing is negatively related to school performance and is associated with increased hostility and aggression, especially in boys, So, play mindfully and as you know everything with too much obsession destroys it.

Compared with infrequent users, “passionate” game players tend to be anxious, withdrawn young people who use games to escape from unpleasant family and school experiences. A few become addicted: They spend several hours a day playing, constantly think about playing when they are not, and believe they play too much but cannot cut back or stop.

Excessive playing of fantasy games can impact and blur the distinction between virtual and real life (Turkle, 1995). When such games are violent, they may contribute—along disengaged with parents, antisocial behavior with friends and peers, and alienation from school.

 

To Conclude

Well, the jury overall is still divided but one cannot deny the impact of media on our children. So, as a parent what you can do so keep a lookout what your children may be exposed to. Try to limit the hours of consumption of media and also keep talking to them about what is being represented. Try to teach them about the ethics of watching and understanding what it may mean. Impact of media on children.

Overall, media is a very important sphere and it is important to keep a lookout for your children. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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Happy Hormones | How to Boost Them?

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Hormones that are making you happier and ways to boost it naturally. Hormones are chemical messengers which are secreted by glands in our body directly into our bloodstream. In Fact, hormones regulate your whole body from walking to eating to feel.

There are many hormones which are secreted from time to time, examples, hormone would be secreted to give you that sensation that your stomach is full, governs your reproductivity and regulates your sleeping.

 

Here are most prominent hormones which makes you happy

 

●     Endocannabinoids/Anandamide

 

Blissful

These are hormones that produce a sensation of feeling high or blissful. Read the name again you will find “cannabi” close to cannabis, a plant that is used to produce a drug.

This type of hormone reduces feelings of discomfort, tension, relief from pain. Is also associated with runners high.

Drinking tea helps, chocolate, cannabidiol oil, olive oil, fish, anf exercise can help boost it.

 

  • Oxytocin

love hormone

This is popularly called love hormone. Besides helping in reproductive and sexual health, oxytocin influences social interactions.

It is released through touch and intimacy with loved ones. Being in a relationship helps release oxytocin. The people who are reclusive or prefer not to interact have displayed low oxytocin levels.

To increase oxytocin hugging helps, holding hands, getting a massage would help since it involves touching.

 

 

  • Endorphin

Pain

Are released into the body when the body experiences discomfort, stress, and pain. They are natural pain relievers, working to alleviate your pain.

Morphine a painkiller, imitates on the same principle on which endorphins work to reduce your pain. Hence, the high that you feel when get morphine shot is same as endorphin high.

 

Eat chocolates, group workout sessions, acupuncture, Laughing more, being intimate, listening to music works to boost endorphins.

 

  • Serotonin

Happy hormone

Popularly called the happy hormone. The hormone helps in making in making you feel good. Serotonin is associated with feelings of well being and confidence.

It is used as an antidepressant-like Citalopram (Celexa) Escitalopram (Lexapro). Also, there is a correlation between your feeling depressed and low serotonin levels.

For adequate serotonin you need vitamin D (standing in sun will help, use sunscreen), exercising, foods like banana, yogurt, eggs, tofu, pineapple, salmon can also help boost serotonin.

 

 

  • Dopamine

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Dopamine are reward molecules, the feeling that you get when you have completed a task, a book, an assignment etc, that good feeling is what is triggered by dopamine.

Dopamine to a large extent affects your actions. It promotes a reward driven action. Many drugs like cocaine and others trigger dopamine sending your brain into an overdrive where you are overwhelmed with pleasure.

However, we suggest foods like cocoa, alcohol, chocolates, milk, cheese, bananas, almonds, beans, exercising regularly helps with increasing dopamine levels.

So, these were the most prominent hormones which affect your happiness.