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Larry King Always Asked Questions Like This, and It Was Pure Emotional Intelligence

Source: Inc

People will remember Larry King for many reasons, but I think they all grew from the same original place. In short, King succeeded for decades as an interviewer because he learned to ask questions, listen closely, and follow up correctly. As a result, he got people to open up and reveal themselves — sometimes more than they intended to. Here…

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Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories

2020 was a banner year for conspiracy theories. The outbreak was intentionally caused; the virus was created in a lab; the virus was caused by the rollout of the 5G cellphone network; the virus was spread by Bill Gates so that he could use a vaccination program to implant microchips into people that would let…

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Creating habits: how long does it take to form a habit?

Source: Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Dr. Phillippa Lally is a behavioural scientist and health psychologist. During her PhD and fellowship at University College London, her work focused on habit formation and weight control. In an experimental study, her team investigated the process of habit formation in everyday life. They enrolled 96 participants and asked them to choose an eating, drinking…

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The science of deliberate practice

Source: Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Of course, more practice will make the difference between being good and being great, but the most efficient route to expertise is not mindless practice—it’s deliberate practice. Becoming an expert at a particular skill has more to do with the quality of the practice than with talent. Deliberate practice is focused, systematic, and purposeful. It’s…

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Hindsight bias: the knew-it-all-along phenomenon

Historians and physicians alike are constantly fighting an invisible beast: the hindsight bias, also known as creeping determinism, which is the tendency for people to perceive past outcomes as having been more predictable than they actually were. Linked to distortions of our memories, the hindsight bias causes us to think we knew how an event…

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