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Assertiveness

Assertiveness: Saying Yes, No, and Beyond

Posted on January 11, 2018

  As social beings, one of our strongest tools for survival is that of communication. We talk to the world not just through our words but through our actions, our body language and facial expressions. But what we tend to overlook is that the manner in which we communicate with others determines to a great extent how they may respond to us. American psychologist Phil McGraw states one of the foremost underlying principles of communication:   We teach people howRead More

Change - A Challenge or an Opportunity

Change: A Challenge and an Opportunity

Posted on April 26, 2017

Change is a mysterious thing; people naturally strive towards it, claim to want it and yet are often stubbornly resistant to it. Humans enjoy routine or sameness because it offers us a sense of structure and security, two qualities essential for civilization and survival. At the same time, you have Darwin saying in his Origin of Species: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” Change is inevitable becauseRead More

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Catchy Songs: What Makes Them Stick

Posted on November 11, 2016

    Everyone may not be a connoisseur of art or a lover of music, but when you live in a society bustling with and around people – it’s hard to miss a beat or two. Everyone has had that particularly annoying tune from the radio stuck in your head. Sometimes, you find yourself humming it while you do your homework. Sometimes, a tune is so addictive that it transforms your music player containing thousands of songs into a single-songRead More

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DNA or Culture: Who’s in the Driving Seat? An Article about the Nature-Nurture Debate

Posted on October 21, 2016

  The Nature versus Nurture dichotomy that has sparked among psychologists a debate since the beginning of the field may in fact have its roots in philosophy with one of its fundamental preoccupations being the nature and progression of human life: Does it follow a fairly specified plan set by nature’s laws or does it change and adapt according to circumstance? Are our lives in fact a product of what we have inherited from our biological predecessors or do weRead More