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Mingling at a work event inevitably means being asked the question “What do you do?” over and over again. After years of repetition and conditioning, most of us respond with “I’m job title X at company Y.” And while this is the answer people expect, it’s also likely to linger in your new acquaintance’s mind only until it’s replaced by what the next person says to them. If you move beyond the boring basic responses, you’ll set yourself up for new relationships, opportunities and revelations. This is according to introduction expert Joanna Bloor.

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Whether it’s email at work or email at home. The plethora of other inboxes we have to attend to these days, it can really be a double-edged sword. Very convenient. But also a chore to deal with. In this episode of My Pocket Psych, Richard and Pilar discuss the thorny topic of email. They discuss why it’s pointless aiming for an empty inbox and why it’s so hard for us to switch it off. They also review how you can change your email habits for the better. Considering both your mindset and your behaviour.

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There is a meme that speaks directly to the hearts and minds of the overly self-conscious. Perhaps you’ve seen it; it goes something like this: ‘Brain: “I see you are trying to sleep. May I offer you a selection of your most embarrassing memories from the past 10 years?”At first, it seems odd to think that this meme is so popular among those of us whom you would call ‘millennials’, who grew up steeped in the self-esteem movement of the 1990s. We were raised, after all, to love ourselves, not to quietly torture ourselves with decade-old memories.

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We all have two different voices inside us: one that is nurturing, and one that is critical; one that lifts up, and one that weighs us down. Both of these voices have a role to play. Our inner nurturer brings self-compassion and encouragement, while the inner critic helps you recognize where you’ve gone wrong and what you need to do to set things right. We all contain an inner nitpicker, but we shouldn’t let it drag us down and drown out everything else. Psychologist Rick Hanson gives advice on how to put it back in its place.

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Over 100 years ago, Charles Spearman made two monumental discoveries about human intelligence. First, a general factor of intelligence (g) exists: people who score high on one test of intelligence also tend to score high on other tests of intelligence. Second, Spearman found that the g-factor conforms to the principle of the “indifference of the indicator”: It doesn’t matter what test of intelligence you administer; as long as the intelligence test is sufficiently cognitively complex and has enough items, you can reliably and validly measure a person’s general cognitive ability.Having the ability to ask a question appears to be a uniquely human trait, one that saves us time and energy as we gather resources and information. It also allows us to develop empathy for others and create bonds of trust, even among strangers. Indeed, people who ask more questions are seen as more likable. And yet many of us don’t ask enough questions, nor the right ones, according to research from Harvard Business School.

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