8 Obscure Emotional States You’ve Felt but Couldn’t Find a Name for

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Food for thought, Psychology & Health, Self-Knowledge & Personality Tests|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever been stuck for a word to describe some of your more complex emotional states? Which of the following 8 emotional states are you familiar with? 1.  Sublimation Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, used the term sublimation to refer to the redirection of the erotic drive (or libido) into socially acceptable creative tasks. [...]

5 Common Words That Have Different Meanings for Extroverts and Introverts

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Introvert's World|Tags: , , , , , |

Extroverts and introverts have vastly different perceptions of life - so different, in fact, that they often struggle to understand one another. Here are 5 common words / phrases that have totally different meanings for an introvert and an extrovert: #1 of the Common Words: Solitude Extrovert's definition: A negative state of being, characterized by [...]

7 Popular Phrases Which Are the Worst Thing You Could Ever Say

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Personal Development, Self-Improvement, Success Skills|Tags: , , , , |

It never crosses your mind, but when you speak, you use some popular phrases, which in reality are the worst things you could ever say. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” This would appear [...]

People Who Use Swear Words Have This Major Advantage Over Those Who Don’t!

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , |

Do you swear a lot? Is your vocabulary of swear words expansive? If so, you may have stronger general verbal skills than those who know few. Knowing a wide range of swear words has been connected to having good verbal skills, which can mean communication, language and general speaking. So those who have a more [...]

10 Tips from a Person Who Knew 17 Languages

By | March 18th, 2013|Categories: Brain Power, Education, Languages|Tags: , , , , |

Kato Lomb, despite holding a chemistry degree, was one of the first simultaneous interpreters in the world and could fluently translate into eight languages, and in general knew and worked with 16. It is amazing that in her time there were no audio CDs with the voices of native speakers, Skype tutors, or language schools… So how did she manage to learn so many languages? In her best-selling book “How I learn languages”, she revealed ten simple rules for language learning: 1. It is necessary to practice a foreign language every day. It is like the gym: if you want to have impressive muscles, train them regularly! Dedicate at least 10-15 minutes a day to reading or repeating new words and phrases. […]

Top Ten Ways to Enhance Your Memory

By | February 19th, 2013|Categories: Brain Power, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you know why children easily learn new things? Because they are constantly training their brain. Memory is a very powerful tool, but it becomes weak if it is not used for a long time. What do you do to make your brain stay active and productive? We offer you 10 ways to improve memory and personal effectiveness. 1. Learn something new Think on what you would like to learn and start. It may be a new hobby, such as painting or horseback riding. Try yourself in writing a poem or a fairytale. Do something you have never done before, and let your brain actively participate in it. 2. Read good books When reading a book, your brain is “forced” to memorize information about the characters and events of the book. Images that arise in the brain stimulate the imagination. So, reading improves your memory, enhances your brain power and enriches your vocabulary. […]

The QWERTY effect: how typing affects our brain

By | March 18th, 2012|Categories: Futurism & Technology, Human Brain, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , |

Before you start reading this text, look carefully at the keyboard of the computer you are using right now. Pay more attention to the left side, just under the key “1”. These first letters of the keyboard from left to right: Q, W, E, R, T, and Y have given name to the so-called “Qwerty effect”. British and American scientists found out that people prefer words consisting of letters located at the right side of the keyboard than at the left one. It has to do with the […]

Electronic dictionaries replace the paper ones

By | January 3rd, 2012|Categories: Education, Education & Technology|Tags: , |

The term “computer dictionary” has already become ordinary. Usually it means a dictionary on your computer that in essence presents a content of a similar paper dictionary, equipped with convenient search tools. But in fact electronic dictionary is a special lexicographic object, which can contain many productive ideas that are not popular in paper dictionaries. So let’s focus on problems of the classical paper dictionaries. 1. The bigger is the volume of the dictionary, the fuller is a description of lexical units the more difficult is to use. That’s why in the market of paper dictionaries there is a big number of rather primitive but easy to use dictionaries, which replace professional publications which are not suitable for fast retrieval of information. A typical example […]

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