There is a phenomenon in human relationships and interactions I have observed over the years that I want to draw attention to.
My unscientific study shows that the phenomenon seems to occur more frequently from females to males, but it also seems to cross the gender barrier.
The observation is that when faced with an [...]
Conventional wisdom dictates that a core focus of the workplace manager should be to maximize the productivity of the people that work for him/her. This is a concept that seems to have gained particular legitimacy in the hustle and bustle, resource constrained modern day tech company/startup. There’s even a name for it: human [...]
Conventional wisdom when thinking about developing self-control dictates that gaining strength when facing a personal temptation is the path to success. That is, say I am a person attempting to gain control over my anger. Conventional wisdom says if I gain strength and ‘become the stronger one’ in an instance I am wrestling with my [...]
Conventional wisdom when it comes to a teaching-learning process in raising children states: I (parent) talk/transmit knowledge/information/wisdom and you (child) listen/receive said knowledge/information/wisdom. The child rearing process is thought of as a one-way transmission-receive valve.
In reality, while knowledge is surely gained in this manner, far greater knowledge—both in terms of quantity and depth –is [...]
I’ve written a few times about my experiences with Bikram Yoga. Recently I noticed a phenomenon in the class amongst those who are new to the practice or those who are still struggling to get acclimated to 90 minutes in a 105 degree 40% humidity room. The class structure is set up so [...]
Not long ago I was eating a meal at the table of a friend together with his newly married son and wife. Partway thru the meal I realized there was something different about the interaction at the table but couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.
Later, in thinking it over, I realized [...]
It is an interesting mental exercise to consider what you might do if you were stranded in a vast desert. Depending on the kind of person one is, I think there are three general responses:
Make an effort to find your way out but give up fairly early in the process with a “this is [...]
Most people thinking about making progress with skill building or knowledge acquisition probably expect to see a progressive arc of evolution that increasingly builds on previous knowledge or skills. I learn concept 1, then 2, then 3 etc. I am able to get to 3 because of the knowledge I gained in 2 which I [...]
It’s fairly important to develop an accurate awareness of the source from which another individual is interfacing with you. For example, if your colleague Bob says something to you, feeling that you are clear it was said from a mean-spirited place will trigger response A (say a response that allows you to defend yourself) whereas [...]
Among many of the other fantastic things I have learned from my wife of 15 years and four children is that complexity is the enemy of everything.
Let me explain.
I’ve noticed a phenomenon in my interpersonal dealings that I suspect might hold true for many others. I often make things complicated when it comes [...]
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- About the Author
Nathan Safran is a former Analyst at Forrester Research where he covered the Digital Home. While at Forrester, Nathan authored research studies on trends, attitudes and behaviors of consumers toward technology adoption and use.
Nathan has been quoted as a subject matter expert in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fortune magazine. Currently, Nathan heads the Research Department at Conductor, Inc an SEO Technology Platform firm.
Nathan writes at exceljockey.com about the intersection of Business, Technology and Psychology. See the About page for more info. Follow Nathan on Twitter: @Nathan_Safran