Mind

The Importance of Asking Questions

The Importance Of Asking Questions

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever” – Chinese proverb. What’s the one thing that the world’s leading innovators share with children? They both learn through asking questions. It’s the simplest and most effective way of learning.

Originally posted 2016-08-20 00:24:32.

Mind

How Habits Work

How Habits Work – Charles Duhigg

From the appendix to The Power of Habit: The difficult thing about studying the science of habits is that most people, when they hear about this field of research, want to know the secret formula for quickly changing any habit.

 

Originally posted 2018-01-07 22:21:56.

Body

Eating for your liver

– Avocado

– Beets

– Olive Oil

– Garlic

– Apples

– Lemon/Lime

– Leafy Greens

– Green Tea

– Walnuts

– Tumeric

– Grapefruit

– Okra

Originally posted 2018-01-07 15:58:54.

Body, Mind

100 Sit-ups Challenge with my Smart Wonder Core

What helped me get a small waistline was a few things:

  • Liver Cleansing from Wholefoods or Amazon – Called Gaia Herbs Liver Cleanse Liquid
  • I did the atkins diet for months – phase 1 i stayed on for about 2 months not 2 weeks
  • Eliminating sugar from my diet – no added sugar to be exact – i eat fruits and natural sugars as much as I can – lately if i have oatmeal i use a little raw honey no artificial sweetners like Splenda – Stevia is another options
  • Low carb diet – paying attention to your carb intake is important – so i try to eat more meat and veggies or poultry and veggies
  • Exercise any body part each day – making an effort to work out is important – i try to do 100 sit-ups with this smart wonder core and work out my heart with some cardio with my at home bicycle – i would love to buy a real cool hi tech treadmill this year
  • Mentally and physically getting ready
    • Clean out your fridge and pantry to have no sugar low carb items in it
    • Buy cute workout gear
    • Create a super fun cool music playlist on spotify or on your phone
    • Buy cute interior clothes to see yourself in
    • Plan your lunch so get a lunchbox or bag to bring to work
    • Drink Water
    • Drink Lemon Water
    • De-clutter your house so you are mentally in a good place because your environment is organized
  • I will add more as I think… ❤️😘🤗

Originally posted 2018-01-07 11:03:35.

Videos

The Simple Cure for Loneliness | Baya Voce | TEDxSaltLakeCity

My thoughts:  So i watched this tedtalk and felt it was great…I think sometimes in life we lose sight of what is truly important.   Connecting with others… We distract ourselves so much with work and activities that we forget to connect… to truly connect.   For me, after a hard time in my life, I learned to deal with things on my own…During that time I lost trust and dealing with things on my own felt safe.    The only problem with that was that i continued living and dealing with things on my own…I felt lonely at times because I felt I had no one.   I never asked for help because I thought I could handle it on my own.

Work Work Work and Study Study Study was my escape…yet at the end of the day there was still a very empty space that needed to be filled.  A void.

I am sharing this with you because I want you to travel with me in my journey…I learned when i did go through my dark time, when i was younger that it felt horrible to go through a dark time alone…It was real hard…I want YOU to know that despite what you are going through there is light at the end of the tunnel and we all go through dark times…

This video and many things I hope to post will show you some techniques that can help you not feel alone…part of life is being aware of what we are going through…being mindful and present and the other part is creating the life that we want…happiness takes work and it is time for us to create that happiness…Let the work begin NOW!

-Rosemary

 

Originally posted 2018-01-07 09:26:07.

Mind

Signs of Psychological and Emotional Manipulation

14 Signs of Psychological and Emotional Manipulation

P sychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits and/or privileges at the victim’s expense. It is important to distinguish healthy social influence from psychological manipulation.

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1.  Home Court Advantage  

A manipulative individual may insist on you meeting and interacting in a physical space where he or she can exercise more dominance and control. This can be the manipulator’s office, home, car, or other spaces where he feels ownership and familiarity (and where you lack them).

2.  Let You Speak First to Establish Your Baseline and Look for Weaknesses

Many sales people do this when they prospect you. By asking you general and probing questions, they establish a baseline about your thinking and behavior, from which they can then evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. This type of questioning with hidden agenda can also occur at the workplace or in personal relationships.

3.  Manipulation of Facts

Examples: Lying. Excuse making. Two faced. Blaming the victim for causing their own victimization. Deformation of the truth. Strategic disclosure or withholding of key information. Exaggeration. Understatement. One-sided bias of issue.

4.  Overwhelm You with Facts and Statistics

Some individuals enjoy “intellectual bullying” by presuming to be the expert and most knowledgeable in certain areas. They take advantage of you by imposing alleged facts, statistics, and other data you may know little about. This can happen in sales and financial situations, in professional discussions and negotiations, as well as in social and relational arguments. By presuming expert power over you, the manipulator hopes to push through her or his agenda more convincingly. Some people use this technique for no other reason than to feel a sense of intellectual superiority.

5.  Overwhelm You with Procedures and Red Tape

Certain people use bureaucracy – paperwork, procedures, laws and by-laws, committees, and other roadblocks to maintain their position and power, while making your life more difficult. This technique can also be used to delay fact finding and truth seeking, hide flaws and weaknesses, and evade scrutiny.

6.  Raising Their Voice and Displaying Negative Emotions

Some individuals raise their voice during discussions as a form of aggressive manipulation. The assumption may be that if they project their voice loudly enough, or display negative emotions, you’ll submit to their coercion and give them what they want.  The aggressive voice is frequently combined with strong body language such as standing or excited gestures to increase impact.

7.  Negative Surprises

Some people use negative surprises to put you off balance and gain a psychological advantage. This can range from low balling in a negotiation situation, to a sudden profession that she or he will not be able to come through and deliver in some way. Typically, the unexpected negative information comes without warning, so you have little time to prepare and counter their move. The manipulator may ask for additional concessions from you in order to continue working with you.

8.  Giving You Little or No Time to Decide

This is a common sales and negotiation tactic, where the manipulator puts pressure on you to make a decision before you’re ready. By applying tension and control onto you, it is hoped that you will “crack” and give in to the aggressor’s demands.

9.  Negative Humor Designed to Poke at Your Weaknesses and Disempower You

Some manipulators like to make critical remarks, often disguised as humor or sarcasm, to make you seem inferior and less secure. Examples can include any variety of comments ranging from your appearance, to your older model smart phone, to your background and credentials, to the fact that you walked in two minutes late and out of breath. By making you look bad, and getting you to feel bad, the aggressor hopes to impose psychological superiority over you.

10.  Consistently Judge and Criticize You to Make You Feel Inadequate

Distinct from the previous behavior where negative humor is used as a cover, here the manipulator outright picks on you. By constantly marginalizing, ridiculing, and dismissing you, she or he keeps you off-balance and maintains her superiority. The aggressor deliberately fosters the impression that there’s always something wrong with you, and that no matter how hard you try, you are inadequate and will never be good enough. Significantly, the manipulator focuses on the negative without providing genuine and constructive solutions, or offering meaningful ways to help.

11.  The Silent Treatment

By deliberately not responding to your reasonable calls, text messages, emails, or other inquiries, the manipulator presumes power by making you wait, and intends to place doubt and uncertainty in your mind. The silent treatment is a head game where silence is used as a form of leverage.

12.  Pretend Ignorance 

This is the classic “playing dumb” tactic. By pretending she or he doesn’t understand what you want, or what you want her to do, the manipulator/passive-aggressive makes you take on what is her responsibility, and gets you to break a sweat. Some children use this tactic in order to delay, stall, and manipulate adults into doing for them what they don’t want to do. Some grown-ups use this tactic as well when they have something to hide, or obligation they wish to avoid.

13.  Guilt-Baiting 

Examples: Unreasonable blaming. Targeting recipient’s soft spot. Holding another responsible for the manipulator’s happiness and success, or unhappiness and failures.

By targeting the recipient’s emotional weaknesses and vulnerability, the manipulator coerces the recipient into ceding unreasonable requests and demands.

14.  Victimhood 

Examples: Exaggerated or imagined personal issues. Exaggerated or imagined health issues. Dependency. Co-dependency. Deliberate frailty to elicit sympathy and favor.  Playing weak, powerless, or martyr.

The purpose of manipulative victimhood is often to exploit the recipient’s good will, guilty conscience, sense of duty and obligation, or protective and nurturing instinct, in order to extract unreasonable benefits and concessions.”