Topics: Standford Prison Experiment, Mindful Disobedience, The Science of Thinking, Alter Egos, Music to Decompress, Engagement vs. Productivity
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Anton Repponen
Hi all! It’s Friday. This is issue 27, which means that you’ve stayed with me for more than half a year. That’s a mini milestone. Thanks a lot! Definitely going to have some gin-tonic tonight.
As always, this is hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Cheers!
DR. ZIMBARDO & TIM FERRISS
I’ve loved this conversation. There’s a lot of nuggets. Dr. Zimbardo elaborates on one the stanford prison experiment. Especially the ending story resonated well with me, as it demonstrates how important a detached perspective can be.
Apart from that the two talk about mindful disobedience and how to be a “deviant” for a day.
THE SCIENCE OF THINKING
Short video on how our thinking apparatus works. “How the brain works, how we learn, and why we sometimes make stupid mistakes.”
AMPLIFY YOUR STRENGTHS
Todd Herman on alter egos, secret identities and how to get out of your own way. The critical factor of getting out of our own way most of the time is to manage our emotions. Often we’re not obstructed by lack of skills, but by negative emotions, such as anger or anxiety. Barbara Fredrickson calls this process broaden and built. With positive emotion our capacities broaden and we can base on that. The alter ego method is a way to step into that mindset.
LISTEN TO THIS TO TAKE SOME PRESSURE OF
“In this age of constant bombardment, the science is clear: if you want your mind and body to last, you’ve got to prioritize giving them a rest. Music is an easy way to take some of the pressure off of all the pings, dings, apps, tags, texts, emails, appointments, meetings, and deadlines that can easily spike your stress level and leave you feeling drained and anxious.”
Here’s the playlist. Just try the song weightless on repeat while taking a pause, reading or doing the dishes.
Music seems to work well for me so I bought the full weightless album. It works wonders.
ENGAGEMENT VS. PRODUCTIVITY
Being Engaged at Work Is Not the Same as Being Productive. This is a “word of caution” with a perspective towards what’s acutally measured when assessing employee engagement. The crux: engagemant and productivity are not the same. Make sure you know what you actually quantify.
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