Feeling Unmotivated?

Feeling Unmotivated?

Five hundred things to do and seven hundred ways to do them and yet, no apparent reasons as to why you should complete these tasks at hand. Or at the very least, no reasons as to why you should give them any attention right now. Things are put off and delayed until the very last moment. By then the fire alarms are sounding and smoke is rising from the kitchen where you left your unfinished projects on the back burner for far too long. All that's left to do is salvage what wasn't gobbled up by the flames and desperately mold it into something resembling the end product you'd envisioned. 

We've all been there. Its a place I find myself in as I type up this blog post. Motivation is a broad term and its driving forces, or lack thereof, vary. However you'd like to diagnose yourself as being unmotivated, be it writer's block or poor weather, signs and symptoms generally include procrastination, burning the midnight oil, feeling overwhelmed, sweat…
Does How We Judge Others Come Back to Bite Us?

We all do it. Make snap judgments of others based on their appearance or one interaction with them. Its nearly impossible to do so despite the fact that the phrase, "don't judge a book by its cover" has likely been drilled into all of our heads. It's like reaching for a cup of coffee after losing sleep. Its not beneficial to us in any way, yet we can't resist the momentary satisfaction and the 'high' it gives us. Especially if it makes us feel better about ourselves and earns us acceptance from amongst our peers. 
Summertime comes along with beautiful weather- which you cherish greatly if you live in a consistently bleak climate- as well as the opportunity to go out and experience what else it has to offer. Trips to the amusement park, drive in, etc. etc. Unfortunately the ability to laze around on a beach seven days a week also entails societal pressures to attain a "summer body" or a "beach bod…
How Much Do We Really Know About Extroversion?

Summer comes with a load of social responsibilities which are created both by your friends and yourself. Even if you're an introvert who is perfectly happy sitting at home, you can't help but feel prone to a fear of missing out. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family but can't even fathom booking a social event for each day of the summer. Just thinking about filling in my calendar to that extent makes me feel exhausted. As I was trolling the internet looking for a cure to my FOMO I discovered an interesting article on the subject of introversion and extroversion. As I haven't thought about a segue between this topic and my next as of yet, I've decided to share it with you. 
Introversion is primarily distinguished from extroversion by a need to recover after periods of social interaction. Introverts feel drained after these periods as they typically respond best to low-risk activities with lower levels of stimul…
STAR: Which Type of Introvert Are You?

For a long time introverts have been seen by society as shy and socially anxious or awkward. There has been one simple way to define what an introvert is in the science world: the opposite of an extrovert. End of story. Recently, science has begun to break down the stigma behind introversion. Countless studies analyzing the personality trait have been and are currently being released. They've been long awaited. As a personality trait, introversion is understandably more complex than it seems to be at first glance.

With the scientific exploration of introversion comes the erosion of real-life barriers in regards to introverts. The ability for us to proudly wear our introspection and other characteristics on our sleeves. To tell a potential employer that you would describe yourself as introverted without dreading their connotation of the word. 

I've previously vaguely defined what an introvert is. That definition, however, was only the tip of …
An Introvert's Guide to Socializing
“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.” ~ Paulo Coelho
Us introverts thoroughly enjoy our own company. We don't achieve this state of contentment through  simply talking to ourselves. Instead we develop and curate these things called hobbies and thrive inside of our own heads. Our minds are an intricate mess of colour as we address others in shades of grey. Meanwhile, our more outgoing counterparts constantly seek human company and conversation. They find this company in social situations that turn many introverts off. Huge parties or even meeting new people and making plans to see absolute strangers. None of those are things that an introvert will readily partake in. We need some convincing and often times, guidance. 
So you're an introvert and/or socially awkward. Sometimes fe…
Why Am I Introverted?

By definition an introvert is someone who feels charged and energized through spending time alone. Reading a good book, watching a movie, painting, etc. That sounds like a productive and healthy use of time to me. Albeit these arguably higher levels of productivity, introversion is often equated with unhealthy levels of isolation and even anxiety and depression. Odds are if you're an introvert someone, at least one concerned (and extroverted) friend or family member, has told you that you 'don't get out of the house enough'. I do get out of the house and no I don't get bored spending Saturday night alone. Why is it such an awful thing for one to enjoy one's own company? Are people jealous because of my inability to experience boredom?
They likely aren't. The stigma around introversion has been built up around a general misconception of what it means to be an introvert and has been around for a long time. Some people are just unable to u…
10 Strategies for aspiring Dispositional Optimists

In my previous post I discussed what it means to be a dispositional optimist and why its important for us to, at the very least, execute an attempt to take control of our 'default setting'. By this I mean potentially making the change from being a pessimist to an optimist. I didn't delve too far into the variety of techniques an individual can use in order to make said change and instead focused on Dr. Seligman's work and a few of the strategies he includes in his  popular publication, 'Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life'.  

I'd like to simplify things in today's post for those of you that aren't here for the science. A nice and friendly list, 'ten ways' style. A couple strategies you can use on a daily basis in order to progressively modify your default response. It might be a while before you begin to see results because like any good thing in life, this transformation t…