Is Perception More Important than Reality?

gizmag-stealth-computer-monitor-polarizing-glasses‘Why is managing perception important? Because perception is often more important than reality. And in fact, your reality will not be a happy one if you’re not managing perception.

‘So the point is that perception is something you have to constantly mange. Whose perception? Everyone’s—the C-level executives, the employees, the customer’s customer, and most important, your own.

‘Therefore, ask yourself, “How do I perceive myself?” Do you perceive yourself as trying to keep up? Trying to protect and defend? Trying to integrate the new?…’

Adults With ADHD
‘Zoë Kessler went through the first four decades of her life thinking something must be wrong with her. When she was a child, Kessler could not understand why she kept misbehaving. “I spent a ton of time in the hall for talking and being the class clown,” she says. “My mom couldn’t control me, and I couldn’t control me.” In adulthood, her behavior improved, but she was so unfocused she had trouble figuring out what she should be doing minute to minute, and she struggled to complete the projects she had once been so excited about starting.

‘Then, at age 47, Kessler was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)…’

Psychology’s Greatest Lessons
‘We live in a time when psychological advice is offered in many different shapes and sizes. Whether it’s Psychology Today, the American Psychological Association’s Help Center or your local area’s mental health resource center, you can find suggestions for ways to improve your life on a daily basis.

‘Relationship advice and tips are by far the most sought-after by the public, as judged by the numerous columns on the topic and their high popularity. However, psychology goes well beyond the love department, offering ways to improve everything from your physical proficiency to your ability to manage your budget…’

Can a Nicotine Patch Make You Smarter?
Nicotine as a cognitive enhancer for people without Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or any other brain disease

‘“To my knowledge, nicotine is the most reliable cognitive enhancer that we currently have, bizarrely,” said Jennifer Rusted, professor of experimental psychology at Sussex University in Britain when we spoke. “The cognitive-enhancing effects of nicotine in a normal population are more robust than you get with any other agent. With Provigil, for instance, the evidence for cognitive benefits is nowhere near as strong as it is for nicotine.”

‘In the past six years, researchers from Spain, Germany, Switzer­land, and Denmark—not to mention Paul Newhouse in Vermont—have published over a dozen studies showing that in animals and humans alike, nicotine administration temporarily improves visual attention and working memory…’


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