GARY VAYNERCHUK ~ CRUSH IT! ~ 2009

~ TR-LYF-WS-LYP ~ Three Rules – Love Your Family – Work Superhard – Live Your Passion

~ DWMYH-KIS-DTR-WH-LA ~ Do What Makes You Happy – Keep It Simple – Do The Research – Work Hard – Look Ahead

~ TNLHTBADBWYAAWYD ~ There No Longer Has To Be A Difference Between Who You Are And What You Do

~ CGC ~ Create Great Content

~ DYH-YSBRAAESRYCF ~ Do Your Homework – You Should Be Reading And Absorbing Every Single Resource You Can Find

~ DLTY ~ Don’t Lie To Yourself

~ DY ~ Differentiate Yourself

~ IITIS ~ Invest In The Important Stuff

~ ETTBAC ~ Expect This To Be All Consuming

~ IYEANBYFTD0YWKIU-ITMW-AYWGTAFAYWEF ~ If You Enter A Niche Because You’re Following The Dollars – You Won’t Keep It Up – It’s Too Much Work – And You Will Get Tired And Frustrated And You Will Eventually Fold

~ WEAYGTBDTGTBSTALI-DWITTBTFEAPBIYF-BMOA-YWBCAC ~ What Exactly Are You Going To Be Doing That’s Going To Be So Time And Labor Intensive – Doing Whatever It Takes To Become The Foremost Expert And Personal Brand In Your Field – But Most Of All – You Will Be Creating A Community

~ CC-TWTBOYHIGTGAWTBOYSWBD-CCIASC ~ Creating Community – That’s Where The Bulk Of Your Hustle Is Going To Go And Where The Bulk Of Your Success Will Be Determined – Creating Community Is About Starting Conversations

~ HDYKWYBAC?-WOPIL ~ How Do You Know When You’ve Built A Community? – When One Person Is Listening

~ TBMSE-C ~ The Best Marketing Strategy Ever – Care

~ AIBTZ ~ Anything Is Better Than Zero

~ YSPAOYBTYDBI ~ You Shouldn’t Put Anything On Your Blog That You Don’t Believe In

~ BRTA ~ Be Ready To Adapt

~ LIGTC ~ Legacy Is Greater Than Currency

MARIE-MONIQUE ROBIN ~ OUR DAILY POISON ~ 2014

~ PAP ~ Pesticides Are Poisons

~ S&I:MD ~ Science And Industry: Manufacturing Doubt

~ DOW ~ Diseases of Workers

~ “CSC” ~ “Chimney Sweep Cancer”

~ DCBP ~ Driven Crazy By Poison

~ ESTITTHOWGAA-ICD-OANPOI ~ Everything Seems To Indicate That The Horrors Observed Were Generally Accepted As – Inevitable Collateral Damage – Of A Necessary Process Of Industrialization

~ IATRSARWI-IIB-IBSHTCAMROTTOIP-WWAMWO-ATSWTMTIKITNOTDOPH ~ If All These Researchers’ Studies And Recommendations Were Ignored – It Is Because – Industry Began Strategizing How To Control And Manipulate Research On The Toxicity Of Its Products – While Waging A Merciless War On – All The Scientists Wishing To Maintain Their Independence In The Name Of The Defense Of Public Health

~ ILDTL ~ Industry Lays Down The Law

~ LSITNOS ~ Leaden Silence In The Name Of Science

~ TPUOPP:‘TDMTP’ ~ The Perverse Use Of Paracelsus’s Principle: “The Dose Makes The Poison”

~ TFFAPOT-SC-WNBUTTMTSC-B-OTC-TJIC-TTPSA ~ The Findings From Autopsies Performed On The – Small Cadavers – Would Not Be Used To Take Measures To Stop Contamination – But – On The Contrary – To Justify Its Continuation – Thanks To Pseudo-Scientific Arguments

~ ‘ADI’-TAAHBCSIDWBI-TCAF-P-ITGS-WTOTBW-BWTAFVBERAITW ~ “Acceptable Daily Intake” – The Amount A Human Being Can Supposedly Ingest Daily Without Becoming Ill – These Completely Arbitrary Figures – Produced – In The Greatest Secrecy – Would Turn Out To Be Wrong – But Were Taken At Face Value By Every Regulatory Agency In The World

~ ‘DIOP’ ~ “Doubt Is Our Product”

~ MOS ~ Mercenaries Of Science

~ ‘PS’ ~ “Prostituted Science”

~ IM ~ Industry Mercenaries

~ OACOI ~ Outcry About Conflicts Of Interest

~ IHOA ~ Industry’s Hold On Academia

~ IDT ~ Industry’s Double Talk

~ AEOCD ~ An Epidemic Of Chronic Diseases

~ IIETSC ~ Industry Involvement Embarrasses The Scientific Community

~ RAIBAC ~ Regulation At Industry’s Beck And Call

~ TCSMB-‘ADI’ ~ The Colossal Scientific Masquerade Behind – “Acceptable Daily Intakes”

~ T-‘POEE’-INBOASD-R-ISFAPD ~ The – “Principle Of Essential Equivalence” – Is Not Based On Any Scientific Data – Rather – It Stems From A Political Decision

~ FS ~ Falsified Studies

~ ‘NOAEL’ ~ “No-Observed Adverse Effect Level”

~ ‘IWDBT-B-M-ABOGSAAT ~ “It Was Decided By The – BOGSAT – Method – A Bunch Of Guys Sitting Around A Table”

~ TDFO-‘RS’ ~ The Driving Force Of – “Risk Society”

~ ‘MRL’ ~ “Maximum Residue Limits”

~ III-‘C’ ~ Industry Information Is – “Confidential”

~ SS ~ Sloppy Studies

~ TSSOED ~ The Shocking Scandal Of Endocrine Disruptors

~ PCBAE ~ PCBs Are Everywhere

~ THWD ~ The Historic Wingspread Declaration

~ ‘WGT,AOATRWTDOP-ATWPTBI-TGWTCD’ ~ “We Gave Them Money And Information And Their Role Was To Defend Our Position – All The While Pretending To Be Independent – The Goal Was To Create Doubt”

~ OTSHPTF-ITTS ~ Once The Substance Has Penetrated The Fetus – It’s There To Stay

~ ADI-BO-‘EHTDFTSC’ ~ ADI: Based On – “Erroneous Hypotheses That Date From The Sixteenth Century”

~ TCE ~ The Cocktail Effect

~ T-‘CBB’ ~ The – “Chemical Body Burden”

~ APCITUC ~ A Pesticide Cocktail In The Umbilical Cord

~ ‘ALM’ ~ “Acceptable Level Magicians”

~ TPP:TNDOREP ~ The Precautionary Principle: The Necessary Democratization Of Risk Evaluation Processes

~ ‘STPO-VCWR-CDNHR-PD’ ~ Stop The Practice Of – Vesting Chemicals With Rights – Chemicals Do Not Have Rights – People Do”

ELIZAETH BLACKBURN + ELISSA EPEL ~ TIPS FOR CREATING NEW HABITS – TIPS FOR BREAKING OLD HABITS ~ THE TELOMERE EFFECT ~ 2017

~ SC-SIYNHP-ISD ~ Small Changes – Slip Into Your New Habit Painlessly – In Small Doses

~ SI-TYSCOAATAARPOYD ~ Staple It – Tack Your Small Change Onto An Activity That’s Already A Routine Part Of Your Day

~ MAGLZ-TTSYCFTM-TLL-

~ DD-JD ~ Don’t Decide – Just Do

~ CI-HAQMCETYPYNH ~ Celebrate It – Have A Quick Mini-Celebration Each Time You Practice Your New Habit

~ IYBATEYP-FAT ~ Increase Your Brain’s Ability To Execute Your Plans – Foster Analytical Thought

~ DTTCWYAFD-WUTCAIYF ~ Don’t Try The Change When You Are Feeling Depleted – Wait Until The Conditions Are In Your Favor

~ SC-SYSTRTNOTYT ~ Stimulus Control – Shape Your Surroundings To Reduce The Number Of Times You’re Tempted

~ FYNAR-YHMETSYWP ~ Follow Your Natural Alertness Rhythms – You’ll Have More Energy To Stoke Your Will Power

TOM HODGKINSON ~ HOW TO BE IDLE

~ NOIERTU-B-LIBHA-IPBTHAH ~ Not Only Is Early Rising Totally Unnatural – But – Lying In Bed Half-Awake – Is Positively Beneficial To Health And Happiness

~ GALRANB-LRIFTIOM-TIWRTBAST-WMA ~ Greatness And Late Rising Are Natural Bedfellows – Late Rising Is For The Independent Of Mind – The Individual Who Refuses To Become A Slave To – Work, Money, Ambition

~ IOTHIATTPHTRTI-CPNTT-AMSIOOTBTTDT ~ In Order To Have Ideas And Then To Plan How To Realize Those Ideas – Creative People Need Thinking Time – And Morning Snoozing Is One Of The Best Times To Do This

~ TIOT‘J’ATATAW-IAS-IOOTMPMOMS ~ The Idea Of The ‘Job’ As The Answer To All Woes – Individual And Social – Is One Of The Most Pernicious Myths Of Modern Society

~ WWETIWOWWASSATHWET ~ When We Enter The Ignoble World Of Work We Are Soon Shocked At The Humiliations We Encounter There

~ TJWIIOTMTEFTATT-WIHW-FOP ~ The Job Was Invented In Order To Make Things Easier For Those At The Top – Who Believed In Hard Work – For Other People

~ WKTMPPY-YISN‘WOW’BD ~ Work Kills Two Million People Per Year – Yet I See No ‘War On Work’ Being Declared

~ IIPTPUFTTMTSPUATGOOB-ICLT-TTT-AVOTT-ACIOTHOOFDW ~ It Is Precisely To Prevent Us From Thinking Too Much That Society Pressurizes Us All To Get Out Of Bed – Introspection Could Led To – That Terrible Thing – A Vision Of The Truth – A Clear Image Of The Horror Of Our Fractured, Dissonant World

~ GDNLTI-TIWT ~ Governments Do Not Like The Idle – The Idle Worry Them

~ HMBLWBIWBTDWAPRTTEPON-WTDOFHEAJ ~ How Much Better Life Would Be If We Began The Day With A Poem Rather Than The Empty Prattle Of Newspapers – With Their Diet Of Fear, Hate, Envy And Jealousy

~ I-V-THRTBVBTCOO-TEAO-THCT ~ Idlers – Visionaries – They Have Refused To Be Victimized By The Customs Of Others – Their Eyes Are Open – They Have Created Time

~ TDOPISOAIFOSIABM ~ The Deferral Of Pleasure In Service Of An Imaginary Future Of Stability Is A Bourgeois Myth

~ KN ~ Keeping Nix

~ SM-ATOIS-ABUI-TBTW-OATWOTE ~ Saint Monday – A Tradition Of Institutionalized Skiving – A Bottom-Up Initiative – Taken By The Worker – Often Against The Will Of The Employers

~ WNTCLB-IIONR-IHBSFUBOR-LIATTFABSPE ~ We Need To Claim Lunch Back – It Is Our Natural Right – It Has Been Stolen From Us By Our Rulers – Lunch Is A Time To Forget About Being Sensible, Practical, Efficient

~ TBICBADWTRLITIAFWKTAYC ~ That Being Ill Can Be A Delightful Way To Recapture Lost Idling Time Is A Fact Well Known To All Young Children

~ TIOCWTETPOBIBTTOTAIOT-AATTGOSBUA ~ The Idea Of Convalescence Was To Extend The Period Of Being Ill Beyond The Time Of The Actual Illness Or Trauma – And Allow Time To Get One’s Strength Back Up Again

~ TN ~ The Nap

~ IPEN ~ In Paradise Everyone Naps

~ ANIAPPAIU-ISTDITH-MEHMMAE ~ A Nap Is A Perfect Pleasure And It’s Useful – It Splits The Day Into Two Halves – Making Each Half More Manageable And Enjoyable

~ HMEIITWITM-IWKWHANTLFTAL ~ How Much Easier It Is To Work In The Morning – If We Know We Have A Nap To Look Forward To After Lunch

~ TFT ~ Time For Tea

~ POD-FB-LRP ~ Paroxysms Of Diligence – Followed By – Long Rest Periods

~ TR-TPITHAMMOB-WFP-OBDNI-INIAH-WDWAMG-F ~ The Ramble – The Pedestrian Is The Highest And Most Mighty Of Beings – Walks For Pleasure – Observes But Does Not Interfere – Is Not In A Hurry – Wanders Detached, Wise And Merry, Godlike – Free

~ B-TWTMSH-BTDRCWII-TITBOO-WIWITTB-NCWDTT-ACTTFUPITDTAW ~ Botherers – They Want To Make Something Happen – But They Don’t Really Care What It Is – They Impose Their Beliefs On Others – What Is Worse Is That The Botherers – Not Content With Doing Things Themselves – Are Constantly Trying To Force Us Poor Idlers To Do Things As Well

~ AIIATAADAIFI ~ An Idler Is A Thinker And A Dreamer And Is Fiercely Independent

~ WCUWTIOTSWAIOG-WCBMITORTTSS? ~ Whoever Came Up With The Idea Of The Strike Was An Idler Of Genius – What Could Be More Irritating To Our Rulers Than To Simply Stop?

~ S&I ~ Sex And Idleness

~ TAOC-TSIAS-WFOAN-TITLOTL-IEICAEICOTABTAC ~ The Art Of Conversation – Talking, Sharing Ideas And Stories – With Friends Old And New – This Is The Lifeblood Of The Loafer – Ideas Emerge In Conversation And Are Embellished, Improved, Contradicted Or Torn Apart By The Assembled Company

~ DDI-TAI-ITTTAIWD-TIWGDOIOT ~ Don’t Do It – Talk About It – If The Thing Talked About Is Worth Doing – Then It Will Get Done On Its Own Time

~ TAOTTCDOORTP ~ The Authorities Occasionally Try To Crack Down On Our Right To Party

~ YHPOOTBML-SWNEYN-WAEWAP0SMTNTBE ~ You Have Plenty Of Opportunity To Be Miserable Later – So Why Not Enjoy Yourself Now – We Are Equipped With A Pleasure-Seeking Muscle That Needs To Be Exercised

~ TTIWTLAGLATT-NJOSN ~ The True Idler Wants To Live A Good Life All The Time – Not Just On Saturday Nights

~ HSPIOHTL-ISNBAMOLII-AIIU ~ Hedonism Should Provide Ideas On How To Live – It Should Not Become A Mode Of Living In Itself – As It Is Unsustainable

~ TINPFOITM ~ There Is No Purer Form Of Idleness Than Meditation

~ SIADP-APO-AGU-ABQ ~ Sleep Is A Delicious Procrastination – A Putting-Off – A Giving Up – A Big Quit

~ SINFW-SIFTSB-TGO-THOTKTH-TI ~ Sleep Is Not For Wimps – Sleep Is For The Stronger Breed – The Great Ones – The Holders Of The Key To Happiness – The Idle

~ IWCBHWLS-DINTFTWWHTWL-AWWNLM? ~ If We Could Be Happier With Less Stuff – Does It Not Then Follow That We Would Have To Work Less – As We Would Need Less Money?

~ AOT-WAPWMI-TIOAHAAEFTHOWIARRI ~ At One Time – Work And Play Were More Intermingled – The Idea Of A Holiday As An Escape From The Hell Of Work Is A Relatively Recent Idea

~ LIACCFGCPTETSTTPOEICPAOAAO ~ Living In A Constant Chase For Gain Compels People To Expend Their Spirit To The Point Of Exhaustion In Continual Pretence And Overreaching And Anticipating Others

~ OSMBFITNOOPL ~ One Solution May Be Found In The Notion Of Off-Peak Living

~ IWITMAHAHEA ~ I Work In The Morning And Have A Holiday Every Afternoon

~ WYALAIL-YHNTTEF ~ When You Are Living An Idle Life – You Have No Toil To Escape From

~ IINWTTTIMRFTWNOTH-FIAHANMTTBOW? ~ It Is No Wonder That The True Idler Might Recoil From The Whole Notion Of The Holiday – For Isn’t A Holiday Actually No More Than The Brother Of Work?

~ HTIAHSFTD-HCTBTAU-WTUOVAFAAWOT ~ How The Idle At Heart Suffer For Their Dreaming – How Cruel The Bureaucrats, Teachers And Usurers – Who Tell Us Our Visions And Fancies Are A Waste Of Time

~ TRT-ITDOESI-ITBTTWT-THDAD ~ The Real Trick – Indeed The Duty Of Every Serious Idler – Is To Bring These Two Worlds Together – To Harmonize Dreamworld And Dayworld

~ WABOOD-TAAOC-LTT-PIIPBDAFTWPSLAVOT ~ We Are Based On Dreams – They Are At Our Centre – Listen To Them – Perhaps It Is Precisely Because Dreams Are Free That We Put So Low A Value On Them

~ IHAD-ICLAF ~ I Have A Dream – It Is Called Love, Anarchy, Freedom – It Is Called Being Idle

MARI SWINGLE ~ I-MINDS ~ 2016

~ DTOOO-WAIA ~ Due To Our Own Overarousal – We Are Increasingly Annoyed

~ TLAOL ~ The Lost Art Of Leisure

~ WHMFBGOIATGI-TA ~ We Have Moved Far Beyond Gaming Or Internet Addiction To Generalize I-Tech Addiction

~ AAC-MEOADA-W-I-A-D-ADHD-SI ~ Across All Cultures – Mounting Evidence Of A Definite Association – With – I-Addiction – Depression – ADHD – Suicidal Ideation

~ AD ~ Alpha Deregulation

~ TDED:AITAHULES-A-EUDUNH ~ The Double-Edged Delusion: All I-Tech Are Helping Us Learn Exquisite Skills – And – Excessive Usage Does Us No Harm

~ EGCBAMITSWASA ~ Excessive Gaming Changes Brain Activity Much In The Same Way As Substance Abuse

~ AGMWBT-NEIAI-ATLYOYC-E-SI-B-O-

~ FLC-TPDPATH ~ For Little Children – The Potential Developmental Perils Are Too High

~ I-TSNRHIOHP-IWCT-ISBIAT-NARF-

~ KDOWALTGS-EAAANSWPOI-

~ O-G-O-S-HTBALBB-O-TBDNLTL-

~ B-AAWS-LANFP ~ Babies – Although Attentively Watching Screens – Learn Absolutely Nothing From Programs

~ UFRSO-DBITEHAPI-GTICF-PTIYET-

~ TIMETTEIODMIICTBOIIMCPOD-

~ SOPHFACBETVATDOAD-

~ THSIFOVD-AOTCWCATGE-

~ LKDCI-MBNAMTAOTGOD ~ Little Kids Don’t Crave I-Media By Nature Any More Than Any Other Toy, Game, Or Device

~ TDE ~ The Disinhibition Effect

~ ITP-TBCUFR-TTC ~ In The Past – The Bullied Could Usually Find Refuge – Today They Cannot

~ SATN:D-D-A-TDOI ~ Sex And The Net: Desensitization – Disinhibition – And – The Death Of Intimacy

~ MPNBTNTCWOATRSDOSV ~ Many People Now Believe They Need To Compete With Online Activity To Remain Sexually Desirable Or Sexually Valid

~ WCBIAOTIAI-T-TIHMMAATP ~ We Can’t Blame It All On The Internet And I-Tech – The Internet Has Merely Magnified And Accelerated The Process

~ SFMIISOAEO-TTEORL ~ Sexuality For Males Is Increasingly Sought Out And Expressed Online – To The Exclusion Of Real Life

~ ATPOCHBFTBSRTDAA ~ Addiction To Pornography Or Cybersex Has Been Found To Be Specifically Related To Depression And Anxiety

~ FOMO ~ Fear Of Missing Out

~ IMBTMAOTTCOTMTITTA ~ It May Be The Medium As Opposed To The Content Of The Medium That Is The True Addiction

~ GIA ~ Generalized Internet Addiction

~ FIA ~ Fantasy Internet Addiction

~ TIA ~ Technological Internet Addiction

~ WWHFTAIWIHTOBITGEOLOI-T ~ What We Have Forgotten To Ask Is What Is Happening To Our Brains In This Great Experiment Of Life On I-Tech

~ C ~ Cyberchondria

~ BLNLTT-TS-RU-DU ~ But Let’s Not Let This Tool – This System – Rule Us – Deregulate Us

~ SOB ~ Setting Of Boundaries

~ TBP! ~ Take Back Play!

DEAN BURNETT ~ THE IDIOT BRAIN

~ TBATLIAPRTBUOS ~ The Brain Apparently Thinks Logic Is A Precious Resource To Be Used Only Sparingly

~ WSDKTPOS-WTTRFI-SIEFNBF ~ We Still Don’t Know The Purpose Of Sleep – Whatever The True Reason For It – Sleep Is Essential For Normal Brain Functioning

~ TMRBTBASCTAHCUBAC-TPOALOAIM ~ The Memories Retrieved By The Brain Are Sometimes Comparable To A Hairball Coughed Up By A Cat – The Product Of A Lot Of Alarming Internal Mangling

~ MOWOBDIDTMYLAFAGAP-A-OOTWICDTIBMYMTMYFBAY- MUFAIWWBIAIC ~ Much Of What Our Brain Does Is Dedicated To Making You Look And Feel As Good As Possible – And One Of The Ways It Can Do This Is By Modifying Your Memories To Make You Feel Better About Yourself – Making Us Feel As If We Were Better Informed And In Control

~ ASOSWAASTBITNFFH ~ A Sense Of Self-Worth And Achievement Seems To Be Integral To Normal Functioning For Humans

~ WBMOOWVOWOPTOATU ~ We Base Much Of Our World View On What Other People Think Of And Tell Us

~ IYPHS-IHLTYPTU-WHTWATWST ~ If Your Parents Have Superstitions – It’s Highly Likely That You’ll Pick Them Up – Without Having To Witness Anything That Would Support Them

~ TBSTSWTITSCHFNDROTC-TRORHNKOC-OOWITRATETHDSFAR-ORTA-‘F’ ~ The Brain Seems To Struggle With The Idea That Something Can Happen For No Discernible Reason Other Than Chance – The Rejection Of Randomness Has Numerous Knock-On Consequences – One Of Which Is The Reflex Assumption That Everything That Happens Does So For A Reason – Often Referred To As – ‘Fate’

~ FTBTEATA-ISTHTBSARI-B-ASATITO-STRCBA ~ For The Brain To Enjoy A Thrilling Activity – It Seems There Has To Be Some Actual Risk Involved – But – Also Some Ability To Influence The Outcome – So The Risks Can Be Avoided

~ FI-I-TAT-UI-WWI-AI-ASO ~ Fluid Intelligence – Is – The Ability To – Use Information – Work With It – Apply It – And So On

~ CI-I-TIYHSIM-A-CUTHYGTBOS ~ Crystallised Intelligence – Is – The Information You Have Stored In Memory – And – Can Utilise To Help You Get The Better Of Situations

~ FIDAWA-C-CIRSOAL ~ Fluid Intelligence Declines As We Age – Contrastingly – Crystallised Intelligence Remains Stable Over A Lifetime

~ LNTAPNSCBASCITB-TBIAPO-ICAWPATTDMOI ~ Learning New Things And Practising New Skills Can Bring About Structural Changes In The Brain – The Brain Is A Plastic Organ – It Can And Will Physically Adapt To The Demands Made Of It

~ ‘BT’GAE-TI-AP-NAETAOTPCAIIGI-TJCYTBGASG-ATBIECENTHTEEETATTH ~ ‘Brain-Training’ Games And Exercises – There Is – At Present – No Accepted Evidence That Any Of These Products Cause An Increase In General Intelligence – They Just Cause You To Become Good At Specific Games – And The Brain Is Easily Complex Enough Not To Have To Enhance Everything Else To Allow This To Happen

~ DMTIOEMF-N-‘SD’-MOTARNAAOSPSAMOA-TLTEOGIACAG ~ Drugs Meant To Improve Or Enhance Mental Function – Nootropics – ‘Smart Drugs’ – Most Of These Are Relatively New And Affect Only Specific Processes Such As Memory Or Attention – Their Long-Term Effects On General Intelligence Are Currently Anyone’s Guess

~ WSATTIIF-TTTPWOT-ITTIV-TPB ~ When Students Are Told That Intelligence Is Fixed – They Tend To Perform Worse On Tests – If Told That It’s Variable – They Perform Better

~ TBHTPACWGN ~ The Brain Has To Pick And Choose What Gets Noticed

~ TMWAWSUOPTIITCW-ILRASP-BIBOUDOA ~ The Most Worrying And Wide-Spread Use Of Personality Tests Is In The Corporate World – It Looks Rigorous And Sounds Proper – But It’s Based On Untested Decades-Old Assumptions

~ FLAPVOECBD-ICRTBTASOLH ~ Feeling Like A Passive Victim Of Events Can Be Damaging – It Can Reduce The Brain To A State Of Learned Helplessness

~ DTAIOAPTICAH-WCPTIIHIBTPAROO ~ Despite The Apparent Individuality Of A Person’s Tastes In Comedy And Humour – We Can Prove That It Is Heavily Influenced By The Presence And Reactions Of Others

~ TBHASEVOPDTCWO ~ The Brain Has A Surprisingly Extensive Variety Of Processes Dedicated To Communicating With Others

~ OBAVAARARF ~ Our Brains Are Very Adept At Recognising And Reading Faces

~ FITD-T-AWASRWMYMATALR ~ Foot-In-The-Door – Technique – Agreeing With A Small Request Will Make You More Amenable To A Larger Request

~ DITF-T-BITPBMWI-‘STD’-MOL-YFB-TADT-‘MIU’-TT ~ Door-In-The-Face – Technique – But It’s The Person Being Manipulated Who Is – ‘Slamming The Door’ – Metaphorically Or Literally – You Feel Bad – There’s A Desire To – ‘Make It Up’ – To Them

~ RBU-ATSBRTP-PP ~ Relationship Break-Up – Activates The Same Brain Regions That Process – Physical Pain

~ BPOAGCOOJ-EOS-WO-OBP-‘BL’-O-‘BR’ ~ Being Part Of A Group Can Override Our Judgement – Even Our Senses – Worryingly Often – Our Brains Prioritise – ‘Being Liked’ – Over – ‘Being Right’

~ FADB-TMSOIIOP-MAIAFPWCL ~ For A Developing Brain – The Main Source Of Information Is Other People – Mimicry And Imitation Are Fundamental Processes Whereby Children Learn

~ ‘MN’-NTA-B-WWPASA-A-WWOTAFSE-STBRAPTBOOAAFL ~ ‘Mirror Neurons’ – Neurons That Activate – Both – When We Perform A Specific Action – And – When We Observe That Action From Someone Else – Suggesting The Brain Recognizes And Processes The Behaviour Of Others At A Fundamental Level

~ OBPTUOPAAGTRFIIUS ~ Our Brains Prefer To Use Other People As A Go-To Reference For Information In Uncertain Scenarios

~ GWOAAMEXTIMWIA-GP-IVCAWGDMICC-ICBLOPBAC-A/O-OOTBA ~ Groups Will Often Adopt A More Extreme Conclusion Than Individual Members Would If Alone – Group Polarisation – It’s Very Common And Warps Group Decision-Making In Countless Circumstances – It Can Be Limited Or Prevented By Allowing Criticism – And/Or – Outside Opinions To Be Aired

~ CD-TAMOL-AMBLMG-WDAOI ~ Countless Decisions – That Affect Millions Of Lives – Are Made By Like-Minded Groups – Who Don’t Allow Outside Input

~ PAWTBR-JNTFR ~ People Are Willing To Be Rebels – Just Not The First Rebel

~ OBCUTFG-ATOTWTT ~ Our Brains Compel Us To From Groups – And Turn On Those Who Threaten Them

~ HDJWTBPOAG-TWAHRRII ~ Humans Don’t Just Want To Be Part Of A Group – They Want A High-Ranking Role In It

~ TMPACSLI-THIIFTTATNAIOTWO-B-ALAWDDSSLPTMPPICORC ~ The More Privileged And Comfortable Someone’s Life Is – The Harder It Is For Them To Appreciate The Needs And Issues Of Those Worse Off – But – As Long As We Don’t Do Something Stupid Like Put The Most Pampered People In Charge Of Running Countries – We Should Be OK

~ TBIATWIFAJ-WGBGR-ABBIP-U-TIT-B-TBISIIOBTWSTIA-SWBVFTM ~ The Brain Inherently Assumes The World Is Fair And Just – Where Good Behavior Gets Rewarded – And Bad Behaviour Is Punished – Unfortunately – This Isn’t True – But – The Bias Is So Ingrained In Our Brains That We Stick To It Anyway – So We Blame Victims For Their Misfortune

~ PALCOV-ITTCITATS-O-ITWTTVWCL ~ People Are Less Critical Of Victims – If They Themselves Can Intervene To Alleviate Their Suffering – Or – If They Were Told The Victims Were Compensated Later

~ DIAGASPTDEAR-NDAS ~ Depression Is A Genuine And Serious Problem That Deserves Empathy And Respect – Not Dismissal And Scorn

~ DINL-EWPAEIPAFTOB-AIOBHDTEIAA-TIOEEIOL ~ Depression Is Not Logical – Everything We Perceive And Experience Is Processed And Filtered Through Our Brain – And If Our Brain Has Determined That Everything Is Absolutely Awful – That’ll Impact On Everything Else In Our Lives

~ AOSAOIPWDASCTS-EHOWTDTIRE ~ Accusations Of Selfishness Also Often Imply People With Depression Are Somehow Choosing Their Situation – Exactly How Or Why They’d Do This Is Rarely Explained

~ ITMW-TBTTTWBOOBI-GOS-IITIOTF-TWGP ~ In The Modern World – The Biggest Threat To The Well-Being Of Our Brains Is – Good Old Stress – If It’s Too Intense Or Too Frequent – Then We Get Problems

WENDY KAMINER ~ I’M DYSFUNCTIONAL, YOU’RE DYSFUNCTIONAL

~ ITHIR-WDTRATPTKOS? ~ If They’re Happy In Recovery – Why Do They Resent And Take Personally The Skepticism Of Strangers?

~ TSHTHABCAAC-RAIDOAMOE-EPTLOTFSIOHTB-TUTDPWDPCEBSBTST-IIATIT ~ The Self-Help Tradition Has Always Been Covertly Authoritarian And Conformist – Relying As It Does On A Mystique Of Expertise – Encouraging People To Look Outside Themselves For Standardized Instructions On How To Be – Teaching Us That Different People With Different Problems Can Easily Be Saved By The Same Techniques – It Is Anathema To Independent Thought

~ EPIASTTGWTD ~ Experts Package Inanities As Secrets That They’re Generously Willing To Divulge

~ ITSOR-ATYPAS-AAPS-AWIWWTMBC ~ Imagine The Slogan Of Recovery – Admit That You’re Powerless And Submit – As A Political Slogan – And What Is Wrong With This Movement Becomes Clear

~ TPSOTRMRTSTTEIA:APLTTAT&MPAMATP ~ The Phenomenal Success Of The Recovery Movement Reflects Two Simple Truths That Emerge In Adolescence: All People Love To Talk About Themselves And Most People Are Mad At Their Parents

~ YCAWAT-YCOCIWATOYO-THNVAA-YCEBSOIVAT-T-AASFT-IC ~ You Can’t Argue With A Testimonial – You Can Only Counter It With A Testimonial Of Your Own – Testimony Has No Value As Argument – You Can’t Even Be Sure Of Its Value As Testimony – Testifying – As A Substitute For Thinking – Is Contagious

~ ITSHU-AIP ~ In The Self-Help Universe – Anything Is Possible

~ IIFTSTEWWPWTUFTW ~ It Is Frightening To See The Ease With Which People Wall Themselves Up From The World

~ SWERDE(TOSTAEOAT)-TSTETANTBQ-AIVNI ~ So While Experts Routinely Disclaim Expertise (They Often Say They Are Experts Only About Themselves) – They Seem To Expect Their Authority Never To Be Questioned – And It Virtually Never Is

~ CARUTMTESLCF-WPBS ~ Confessions Are Routinely Used To Make The Experts Seem Like Common Folk

~ JSTBTPWRALBM ~ Jargon Seems To Be The Place Where Right And Left Brains Meet

~ SNI ~ Saying Nothing Inspiringly

~ SCWFHIACCTO-PRW-TLTQT-CPFTEB-TATOA ~ Smugness Coupled With False Humility Is A Common, Central Trait Of – Popular Religious Writers – They Like To Quote Themselves – Citing Passages From Their Earlier Books – They Are Their Own Authorities

~ ESHEDTTBI-‘QF’-RBOT ~ Even Self-Help Experts Deny That They Believe In –  “Quick Fixes” – Right Before Offering Them

~ SHCMII-B-TTTROE ~ Self-Help Consumers May Idealize Intuition – But – They Tend To Rely On Experts

~ SHBMAIACT-IIBNT-A-FTIOBF ~ Self-Help Books Market Authority In A Culture That – Idealizes Individualism But Not Thinking – And – Fears The Isolation Of Being Free