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What makes a character, a character?

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Recently I was following a thread of writers discussing how to find names that make characters memorable.  Honestly I believe that writers should be looking at the reverse situation.  It is the skillful creation…

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Entitlement

Start a discussion about the millennials with those who are older and you are bound to hear about their sense of entitlement: desire for constant positive feedback, and unwillingness to put time in doing drudgery before moving up in an … Continue reading

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I did have pony

The national standard of living generally rose along with the national GDP during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. But not all families amassed more possessions and moved to bigger houses in suburbs as income increased. My own parents remembered the … Continue reading

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When Emotional Intelligence is a liability

One of the four major branches of emotional intelligence (according to John D. Mayer and Peter Salovey) is the ability to reflectively regulate or manage emotions. This applies to managing your own emotions rather than those of other people. According … Continue reading

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What does being agreeable have to do with over-confidence?

Did you ever wonder how researchers determine levels of confidence? Typically this research is perform using a population of college students volunteer to take part in psychological tests (sometimes a requirement for a psychology course). To measure confidence, students take … Continue reading

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Realistic lack of confidence

Many researchers have duplicated the finding that women are more likely to show less confidence than men. Women are told if they want to make their mark in business, in politics, or any field they need to believe in themselves … Continue reading

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Charisma and confrontation

People of high charisma are not immune to personal attacks. When there is severe criticism or antagonism leveled at them, they may call on their skill to change the desires of their followers to match their own. Often the critical … Continue reading

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The cost of charisma

There are very few humans who do not wish to be able to speak and have their words influence the actions of others. And there are very few humans who actually have the gift to do so. Charisma, that characteristic … Continue reading

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The problem with positive pep talks

After centuries of  philosophers, and in more recent times psychologists, coming up their own set of personality factors a symposium in the 1980s settled on what are called the “big five” which are commonly found in  most summaries of personality traits. Four of the … Continue reading

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