8 Weird But Effective Exercises for Brain Power

weird brain trainingIn 1936, the American writer Dorothy Brandt in her book «Wake Up and Live» offered some fun exercises for the brain training to help you make your mind sharper and more flexible. These exercises are aimed to get you out of your usual environment, show a different perspective (even a different reality, if you want) and create a situation that will require ingenuity and creative solutions.

1. Spend 1 hour a day without saying anything, just answering direct questions in your usual surroundings, without creating the impression that you are offended or in a bad mood. Behave as normally as possible. Do not make any comments and do not give in to attempts to extract information from you.

2. For 30 minutes a day, think of one and only subject, being completely focused on it. You can start with five minutes.

3. For 15 minutes a day keep conversation without using the words “I, me, my, mine.

4. Allow your interlocutor to talk only about himself without realizing it. Using polite questions, Continue reading

10 Contradictory Traits of Creative People

creative peopleMihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychology professor whose book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, written after many years of research of the subject, describes the creative process from the psychological standpoint and emphasizes the contradiction between the traits of a creative personality.

1. Strong, but not trained

A creative person usually has quite enough physical energy, but it is not consumed much. After all, the work of a creator is, first of all, the work of his brain. Concentration solely on the intellectual work leads to the weakness of the body. That is why it is vital to balance the mind and body. Continue reading

10 Key Skills of Successful People

successful people skillsIf we note the behavior of many successful leaders in business, economics, politics, or personal development, you will find out that there are at least 10 key skills possessed by all these people.

1. Critical thinking

All successful leaders have a powerful skill of critical thinking. The ability to quickly assess and analyze the situation to identify the main possible problems that should be solved is the key to success in any business.

2. Creative thinking

Many leaders have different skills and talents that help them think “differently”. They have the ability to think “beyond the box” and explore the potential of new ideas that other people may find too risky, crazy or stupid.

3. Ability to listen

Great leaders are great listeners. Cleverly focusing their energy on tasks that involve listening, they intently listen to everything the others say, which allows them to take the most accurate and informed decision.

4. Love of reading

The habit of reading is vitally necessary for professional and personal success. Leaders in any area tend to be avid readers and process huge amounts of information coming in from the reports, papers, documents, books, etc. Maybe not all leaders have mastered speed reading, but they always perfectly capture the main ideas of the context of materials they are reading.

5. Writing skills

Maybe they do not write often. Maybe they do not write much. But when they do, all that is written is concise, clear and to the point.

6. Communication skills

Perhaps this is one of the most important skills of successful people. The best leaders are good speakers. They can communicate their ideas to an audience of… read more

Simple Way to Unlock the Hidden Power of your Brain

brain powerPossibilities of our brain are infinitely vast. If you do your own brain workout, you can get enormous opportunities and achieve success in business, career and communication.

A person owes all his achievements in work, studies or society to the hard work of his brain. Brain activity is important for pupils and students, businessmen and employees. Everyone knows that learning new things, reading books, watching educational programs have a positive effect on the brain.

But how to develop a way of thinking that would activate the parts of the brain that have not been involved before? Brain training does not require a lot of time, 15 minutes a day will be quite enough. Continue reading

Five Most Common Thinking Errors

thinking errorsWe all often make errors in our thinking, especially when we are deeply convinced of the truth of what we believe. These errors lead to the fact that it becomes especially difficult to change our minds or to accept any alternative view.

Our way of thinking is closely linked with our emotions and behavior. It is very useful to know when we make thinking errors in order to be able to assess the situation from the outside. Here are 5 major thinking errors that we usually make.

1. Overgeneralization

Getting only a specific output of a particular event is a common error of judgment. Proof of a particular part of a case does not make this case completely truthful. You can lose a single battle but win the war. For example, your favorite football team can lose several games of the season, but still be the champion of the country. In reality, the individual events are rarely particularly important. It makes no sense to judge yourself or others because of one mistake. Continue reading

3 Mind-Blowing Lateral Thinking Puzzles

lateral thinking puzzlesHave you ever wondered if your mind is normal (i.e. average) or somehow different? Here are 3 lateral thinking tests. The answers are published below, but do not go immediately to read them! Think up your own answers first.

TESTS

Test 1

Here is the story of a young girl. At her mother’s funeral, she saw an unknown young man. He was charming, really the man of her dreams. She madly fell in love with him. After a couple of days the young girl Continue reading