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Book Summary: Good Arguments – How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard

Good Arguments (2022) is one part memoir, one part guide to the art of speaking. It introduces us to the thrilling and eccentric subculture of competitive debate and distills its secrets into timeless principles for effective communication. If we can only learn to disagree better, it argues, we can improve our relationships and revitalize our …

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Review: Surrounded by Idiots – The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life) (The Surrounded by Idiots Series)

Behavioral psychologists have come up with various models to classify human personality types. At their best, psychometric tests can help team members understand and appreciate each other better. At their worst, these personality assessments lead to baseless generalizations and, if applied incorrectly, limit opportunities unfairly. In the workplace, the Myers-Briggs model is the most widely …

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[Book Summary] Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Proust and the Squid (2007) tells the fascinating story of how the human brain learned to read. From the invention of the first writing systems to our brain’s amazing capacity to rearrange itself, reading expert Maryanna Wolf explains how the incredible skill of reading developed over the course of human history. That is, how it …

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[Book Summary] Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organise Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential

In the following book summary of Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organise Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential, you’ll learn what a second brain is and how to build one that serves you well. “Think of yourself not just as a taker of notes, but as a giver of notes—you …

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How to Write Affirmations Effectively

Affirmations help overcome negative thoughts that hinder success, growth, and happiness. Not only do daily affirmations boost our confidence, but it’s also necessary to achieve greatness. Daily positive affirmations rid the mind of any clutter influenced by external chaos. It can change negative thought patterns into positive ones. Affirmations work similarly to the law of …

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[Book Summary] The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively

The Art of Insubordination (2022) is a research-based, science-backed, anecdote-packed ode to all the rebels and revolutionaries out there. It highlights the importance of dissent in society and teaches aspiring nonconformists the skills they need to confidently challenge majority viewpoints, manage discomfort when rebelling, and avoid losing hold of their most cherished values in the …

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