Friday, May 18, 2012

Are two heads better than one?

Always taking the answer from the most confident partner in a pair led to superior performance for that series compared with always taking the answer from whichever individual had the most impressive overall performance. In other words, the more confident of two heads working together nearly always outperformed the most proficient individual working on their own. Taking the most confident answer from a virtual group of three led to even more impressive performance.

The strategy even worked for people working alone if they were given two chances, a week apart, to provide answers to a series of questions, as well as rating their confidence. Always taking the more confident of their answers led to superior performance overall and was more effective than simply averaging their two answers.

This strategy of taking the answer of the most confident partner only worked for questions for which most people, "the crowd", tend to get the answer right. When the questions were tricky and wrong-footed most people, then the rule was reversed. Take the example of "Which city has the larger population - Zurich or Bern?". Most people get this question wrong - they think it's Bern because that's the capital, but the correct answer is Zurich. For questions like this, the most effective strategy is actually to always take the answer of the dyad partner who is least confident.
You can boost your quiz performance by unleashing the crowd within, a new study shows.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Forgiveness and Divorce

If you have truly forgiven someone, you will remember the incident, but will no longer feel the sting or hurt.This is the acid test of forgiveness. You must meet it psychologically and spiritual. Otherwise you are simple deceiving yourself. You are not practicing the art of true forgiveness.

To Understand All Is to Forgive All

Once you understand the creative law of your own mind, you stop blaming other people and conditions for making or marring your life. You realize that your own thoughts and feelings create your destiny. Furthermore, you are aware that externals are not the causes and conditioners of your life and your experiences. To think that others can mar your happiness, that you are the football of a cruel fate, that you must oppose and fight others for a living-all these ideas reveal their destructive nature once you understand that thoughts are things.
This principle is clearly set forth in the Bible:
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7; King James)
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Rev. Joseph Murphy

It occurred to me the same thing applies to divorce. You get a divorce, take off the rings, go your separate ways and start a new life. Out with the old family traditions and in with the new. But divorce must be met  emotionally, mentally, psychologically and spiritually to move forward. It's called letting go.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Beliefs and our reaction.

Interesting article on beliefs and illness. And the last page gives a pretty good reminder of the power of suggestion whether in a mis-diagnosis or a belief planted in the subconscious mind.

The Nocebo Effect?