Have you ever opened Netflix with the intent to relax, wind down — only to find yourself looking through the massive selection of media for too long, unable to decide what to watch?
You sit there, scrolling and scrolling. ‘Oh, this show is interesting. But wait, what if that movie is better?’
By the time you’ve found something to watch, it’s almost time to get back to work anyway.
This is a common example of the paradox of choice, an idea proposed by psychologist Barry Schwartz. …
When I was in third grade, my dad took me out of class and drove me to a faraway testing site. He told me that I was going to do a test to see if I could enroll in the Gifted and Talented (GT) program at another school.
At the time, I thought this was the worst idea ever.
All I knew was that if I passed the test, I’d have to leave all my friends behind. I would have to go to a brand new school where I didn’t know anyone. …
My parents separated when I was around 5. I went on to raise myself emotionally while my grandparents provided the essentials.
By all definitions, I don’t exactly have a relationship with my family.
My family life has always been turbulent and likely always will be. I’m still a teenager — I haven’t reached the end of my journey with them. This isn’t advice on how to overcome the emotional trauma of absent parental figures or a turbulent home; I’m still figuring that out myself.
This is my story as the person left in the wake of two adults who couldn’t…
Gaining someone’s trust could unlock a treasure box of opportunities. Establishing trust can result in agreeing to favors, gaining knowledge, or just discovering plain old juicy gossip. Or if you’re in uncharted territory like a new school or workplace, crucial information could change the game for you.
Of course, the best way to get someone to open up is to foster a genuine relationship with them. But sometimes you need help getting there.
Here are three steps that might speed up the process.
We spend so much time trying to keep up a certain image around everyone to avoid being…