illusory truth effect / el efecto de la verdad ilusoria

Illusory truth effect

Repeated information is often perceived as more true than new information. This finding is called the illusory truth effect. Repetition influences beliefs about truth. If I told you that people only use 10% of their brain, you would probably believe me if you had heard it before. You’re not alone. Some research suggests that between …

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Imperturbability, equanimity, or tranquility. We can use all of these as synonyms for ataraxia. It’s the state of calmness that is not disturbed by mental or emotional events. It’s freedom from anxiety and worry. Imagine drops of water landing on a lotus leaf and sliding down and away. The drop doesn’t stay. It makes its …

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Strength / Fortalezas


What is a strength? When we think of a positive quality that makes us more effective, we think of things like physical strength or certain mental abilities, such as the ability to solve problems. We’re naturally trained to look at physical or mental abilities that are learned or acquired through education or experience. They tend …

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Entitled to our opinions / Derecho a opinar

Entitled to our opinions

Are we entitled to our opinions? This is a controversial topic. If everyone is entitled to an opinion, are all opinions equally valid in all contexts? Ideally, opinions should be based on facts. And yet, humans have a limited capacity to gather information from reality. What facts should we consider? How do we know what …

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Emotional intelligence makes the difference / La inteligencia emocional marca la diferencia

Emotional intelligence makes the difference

There are many examples of people with high IQs who are incredibly successful in their fields. Moreover, for many people, IQ equals worth, but despite this popular perception, IQ may not be the ability that differentiates star performers. It’s emotional intelligence that makes the difference. A few years ago, one of my students participated in …

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Fear / Miedo


The days around Halloween are a good time to talk about fear and how it affects our behavior. Fear always limits our responses and shapes our risk aversion. Fear management is, and always has been, a matter of survival. 30,000 years ago, humans were surrounded by many dangers. Risk-takers were less likely to survive. Cowards …

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Violence / violencia


Violence in all its forms has been a pervasive aspect of human history. Whether it’s physical aggression, verbal abuse, or acts of war, it has often been used as a means of resolving conflict, expressing anger, or exerting power over others. We have all seen its effects on human relationships. From an ethical perspective, however, …

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Locus de control / locus of control

Locus of control

I was thinking about what to blog about this week after the summer break. It was pouring. It’s a reminder that there are some things in life that we simply cannot control. We can’t stop the rain from falling, just as we can’t control the actions of others or the events that happen around us. …

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Consciousness, compassion and consistency / Consciencia, compasión y consistencia.

Consciousness, compassion and consistency

In working with my clients, I’ve realized more than ever that there are three main pillars to developing successful leadership behavior: consciousness, compassion, and consistency. Every other leadership skill we can think of can be built on these three pillars. Consciousness: the power of self-awareness At the heart of Consciousness is self-awareness, the foundation upon …

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