Lies, Your Mind, Life Changes

The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes : zenhabits: ".... First, the main principle: the mind wants comfort, and is afraid of discomfort and change. The mind is used to its comfort cocoon, and anytime we try to push beyond that comfort zone very far or for very long, the mind tries desperately to get back into the cocoon. At any cost, including our long-term health and happiness.... The key is to learn whether they’re true, and see your pattern. Here’s what I’ve done:

  • Notice the excuse. It has way more power if it works on you in the background.
  • Try to have an answer for the excuse beforehand — anticipate it.
  • If you give in, that’s OK, but recognize that you’re giving in to a lame excuse. Be aware of what you’re doing.
  • After giving in, see what the results are. Are you happier? Is your life better? Was it worth it giving in to discomfort?
  • Learn from those results. If you pushed through and are happy about it, remember that. If you gave in to excuses, and didn’t like the result, remember that.

If you consciously practice this process, you’ll get better at recognizing and not believing these lies. And then, bam, you’ve got your mind working for you instead of against you."

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How to Look Stupid, Hold A Beer in Your Hand

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How to Look Smart - Julie Beck - The Atlantic: "Speaking of incompetence: don’t drink in public, at least not at work functions. The perceived association between alcohol and stupid behavior is so strong, according to a 2013 study, that merely holding a beer makes you appear dumber *"

*Rick and Schweitzer, “The Imbibing Idiot Bias” (Journal of Consumer Psychology, April 2013)

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Alcohol, deadliest drug in the US

Alcohol, the deadliest drug--

Alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the United States, and it’s not even close - The Washington Post: "... Which intoxicating substance is associated with the most lethal violence? Devotees of the Wire might presume that cocaine or maybe heroin would top the list, especially if you asked the worst causes of violence in poor, minority communities. The correct answer, by far, is alcohol. It’s involved in more homicides than pretty much every other substance, combined. Alcohol’s relative importance has grown over the last fifteen years, as aging populations of cocaine users account for a declining proportion of violent crime. Here in Chicago, positive cocaine screens in the Cook County Jail are down by about half when compared with ten or twenty years ago. The same is true in many other cities.Surveys of people incarcerated for violent crimes indicate that about 40% had been drinking at the time they committed these offenses. Among those who had been drinking, average blood-alcohol levels were estimated to exceed three times the legal limit. Drinking is especially common among perpetrators of specific crimes, including murder, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence...." (read more at link above)

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Addiction, Early America, C-SPAN video

Addiction Early America | Video | "Panelists talked about how different social groups used and abused laudanum, opium, and alcohol in the 19th century. They said alcoholism was primarily a male problem, while thousands of women were addicted to laudanum. The panel also talked about how these addictions were treated and perceived across race, gender, and social class. This discussion was part of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic conference in Philadelphia." (video at link above)

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