How to make a smoother entrance into any room or conversation

Sometimes, the more understated you are, the more positively you'll be received.

  • Knowing how to enter can make or break you, according to business psychologist and advisor Dr. Melanie Katzman.
  • You don't own the room or conversation by dominating it. Instead you're better off asking permission, acting respectful, and taking the time to consider what interests the person with whom you're interacting.
  • Who can you look to as an example? Somewhat surprisingly, professional clowns.
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  • Robert Oppenheimer wrote a telling letter of recommendation for Richard Feynman in 1943.
  • After praising Feynman's intellectual prowess, Oppenheimer used most of the ink discussing the strength of his character.
  • The letter is a stark reminder of the importance of emotional intelligence.
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Dad bod & dad brain: how a man's brain changes when he becomes a father

The bonding experience is promoted by important neurological changes.

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  • In the first days and weeks of fatherhood, a man's testosterone and cortisol levels decrease and oxytocin, estrogen, and prolactin levels surge, promoting an important bonding experience between a father and his newborn child.
  • One of the most significant changes in a new father's brain is the new neurons that are formed that have been proved to be directly linked to the time spent with their newborn child.
  • This neurogenesis (forming of new neurons in the brain) happens in the areas that are linked to long-term memory and navigation.
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Mind hack: How to push past fear

Fear, not empathy, is the most powerful emotion in the world.

  • Karen Palmer's work as a storyteller is about helping others focus on themselves and take responsibilities for their actions.
  • Freerunning and parkour taught Palmer the power of pushing past fear to reach and exceed one's goals. By learning to understand personal triggers for fear, humans can effectively rewire their brains.
  • Fear is a reaction to something new, which is often the direction we should be moving towards and not away from.
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The signs of unhealthy power dynamics in a relationship—and how to even them out

Is there a power imbalance in your relationship? You can find out by answering 28 simple questions.

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  • The balance of power in relationships is an ever-changing status that deserves to be carefully monitored and cared for.
  • Negative balances of power can be defined by three different relationship dynamics: demand/withdrawal, distancer/pursuer and the fear/shame dynamic.
  • Researchers have conducted several studies and come up with a list of questions that can help you determine if your relationship has a negative power imbalance.
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