Does Hypnosis Work? A Resounding Yes is in Order

After a few months of working with hypnosis, I have a new view on the subject. I used to have this very polarized idea of how hypnosis worked. Either you were incredibly susceptible to it (and could be hypnotized to think you were a chicken on stage), or it had no effect on you. I no longer believe this to be the case.

Hypnosis, for therapeutic purposes, is essentially a guided meditation with positive affirmations being spoken to you. Some people can go into a state that is deeper than meditation, but I am the type who has trouble relaxing to that extent. So basically, you’re relaxing your mind through meditation to slow down that whir of thoughts that are always going through your head. Once this happens, your mind is less likely to criticize and scrutinize the contents of the hypnosis tape, allowing them to do their job better. That’s it. It’s really nothing too far-fetched.
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Why You Need to Study Psychology

Considering how busy I am, I seek to only read books and blogs that are incredibly effective at teaching their subject matter. After two years of discovering and analyzing the best blogs in various categories, I started noticing a trend. Whether it was personal finance, bodybuilding, or entrepreneurship, there was one commonality that was shared amongst highly acclaimed blogs. The best blogs in every field were incredibly well-versed in psychology. In particular, behavioral psychology (the study of what conditions us to behave the way we do). Two examples of very effective blogs with a significant focus on psychology are LeanGains (bodybuilding) and I Will Teach You to be Rich (personal finance). Continue Reading…

The Personal Tipping Point

Driven to a Tipping Point

“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”

-Malcolm Gladwell

In his bestselling book, “The Tipping Point”, Malcolm Gladwell discusses tipping points as they relate to trends in society. How does a seemingly silly fashion item suddenly take off? Or why does one show become insanely popular, while a clearly better show is cancelled three weeks later? While tipping points in society are very noticeable because of the scale on which they take place, personal tipping points are just as powerful an occurrence, but are seldom discussed.  Tim Ferriss, a New York Times best-selling author, recently addressed the personal tipping point in his new book, “The 4-Hour Body”, which is what gave me the inspiration for this post.
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Suddenly Without Free Time: A Case Study on Productivity

TimeHonestly, I didn’t realize how easy I had it in college until I started my full time internship in NYC this past week. I wake up to get ready at 6:30am and oftentimes don’t get home until 7:30 or 8:00pm. And considering that I aim to be in bed by 9:30pm (I need at least 9 hours of sleep to feel rested, so I try to achieve that amount), I have very little time to do much of anything during the week outside of work. Compare this to the 3 hours of class I usually had on any given day in school, and it’s not hard to see that I’ve lost a considerable amount of free time. Continue Reading…