Archives 2012

gain self-knowledge Johari Window

American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham came up with the concept of the Johari Window to help people gain self-knowledge, gauge how people see themselves versus how they are perceived by others and to help define group dynamics. (The term "Johari" was derived by using portions of each man’s first name: Joseph and Harry I.) 

This personality matrix was originally developed as an assessment tool to measure mental stability. The exercise begins when a person receives a list of 56 adjectives including brave, caring, self-conscious and shy. He is then instructed to choose five or six of ...

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assertive brave caring

You want to grow. You want to change your circumstances. You want to improve yourself. You want to fight for your convictions. You want to make life better for others…

No matter what challenge you’re facing, it takes courage to decide to take it on and continue with the journey.

You may face difficulty, opposition, resistance, even danger – and that’s when you reach deep down to draw strength from your core values, your moral convictions and your firm belief that what you’re trying to accomplish is worth the struggle.

During the times you’re facing a tough ...

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assertive friendly likeable living longer personality

How can you squeeze as many years out of this lifetime as possible? Articles telling you to exercise and eat right are everywhere, but did you know that people who share certain personality traits also have a better chance at living longer?

Writer Laura Schocker recently revealed these six traits that researchers believe contribute to a person’s longevity:


  1. Conscientious

  2. Easy to Laugh

  3. Socially Connected

  4. Optimistic

  5. Happy

  6. Extroverted


The common threads that seem to run through the list are, having a positive attitude interacting in an upbeat way with others

Are those abilities you are born with or can you ...

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creative

You've always been a a creative person, but you may be wondering if there could be a good career for you that extends beyond the artistic world. Simply put, the answer is yes! People who exhibit creativity often have the ability to use their imagination to invent and develop original ideas, products and/or solutions.

In fact, due to the growing importance of intellectual property, most big corporations have increased the emphasis on attracting, nurturing and keeping creative people on staff. That’s because they realize that, especially in commerce and industry, the creative ideas employees generate can be the ...

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gain self-knowledge get to know yourself

You’ve heard the expression “Knowledge is power”, but have you ever considered that concept in terms of knowing and understanding yourself? Once you know who you are, you’ll be able to answer the important questions in life like, “Who am I?” “What matters to me?” “What do I want to do with my life?”

When you possess self-knowledge, you have a true appreciation for:


  • What you like and dislike



  • What you want



  • What your motives are



  • What your values are



  • What you believe in



  • Why you behave as you do


When you decide to pursue self-knowledge, it can ...

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friendly likeable

Have you noticed that none of the friendships you’ve made later in life compare to those you formed in high school or college? You may be onto something.

As we grow up, there are many reasons why our ability to make close new friends declines:


  • The conditions you had in school change, so you have fewer opportunities to hang out for long periods of time and gradually become close

  • Your focus shifts from “me” to “us” as you pair up with a partner

  • You begin to place an emphasis on the importance of building your career

  • The workplace is ...

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emerging adults

Have you ever wondered what age is right for parents to encourage their kids to move out of the house and take care of themselves?  You’re not alone. Until recently, it was normal for people to finish college and/or get married – all by the age of 25. But things have changed.

Today, many adult children live at home longer and wait to get married before making a change... well, if they marry at all. This has resulted in a blurring of lines for parents, leaving some of them grumbling and frustrated at their kids’ seeming lack of ambition, and ...

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following your passion

There’s lots of talk these days about the importance of “following your passion”. Should you or shouldn’t you, and what happens if you don’t?

Argument Against: Why You Shouldn’t
Some people insist the idea of following your passion is ridiculous, arguing that just because you love something doesn’t mean you can make money doing it, and that there are tons of people making great money performing tasks they fail to enjoy at all. Furthermore, the pundits point out this: it isn’t always an option to pursue doing what you love. In a recent article ...

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Aggressive business likeable

Are you aggressive, passive or assertive? When you’re hanging out with friends or being interviewed for a job, it makes a big difference…


  1. Aggressive: It’s happened to pretty much everyone at one time or another. People are sitting around in a group enjoying each other’s company... except for that one girl who just doesn’t quite get it. When she joins in, she comes off as hostile or angry, and more times than not, ends up hurting someone’s feelings or damaging the conversation. In other words, she has an aggressive communication style.

  2. Passive: Then there’s ...

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awareness business

A recent webinar invitation from Social Media Today nicely summarized the breadth of fast-moving change:

“ The self-guided knowledge available online lights the path to many offline adventures and projects. What we do and absorb online influences the way we eat, make purchase decisions, play, find friends and mates to play with and/or to marry. ”

Change is unavoidable, so people are making technology part of their routine. It's reasonable to expect a shift from one-way sharing of pictures, recipes and links to a bi-directional conversation that offers a chance to learn back from the community in a personal and ...

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