Use science-based techniques to find out if the person you’re talking to is lying to you.

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Working with people can put you in situations where you need to find out whether the person you are talking to is lying or telling the truth. Here are some lessons I learned on how to spot lies.

Lesson 1: Be open-minded and empathetic

Truth requires courage. It is easier for another person to find the courage to tell you the truth when the interpersonal situation is characterized by compassion and understanding rather than hostility and accusations.

This is inline with recent psychological literature, which suggests that increasing pressure may not benefit lie detection and adopting a non-accusatory interviewing style reduces the risk of false confessions. …

Boost your emotional intelligence by reading microexpressions

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In this guide, you will learn how to read microexpressions on people’s faces to boost your emotional intelligence.

To be able to have deep and meaningful conversations with other individuals, it is essential to understand their emotions. You can achieve this by actively listening to their words and reading their body language and facial expressions.

Most of the time your brain automatically reads other people’s facial expressions — at least the visible, long-lasting facial expressions, the so-called macroexpressions. …

Overcome your creative block by mastering its underlying lesson

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It is the enemy of every writer, the disaster before the deadline, and a threat to your existence when your creative work pays your bills.

When the writer’s block strikes, your creative flow stops. Nothing moves, except your critical thoughts, now using all their energy to orbit like vultures your burgeoning sense of inadequacy as a writer.

This sense of inadequacy can grow into full-fledged self-doubt when you hear from more experienced writers that they’ve never witnessed a writer’s block throughout their successful writing careers.

“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” …

Train your ability to develop valuable ideas.

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Does this sound familiar to you? You are sitting in a brainstorming meeting or in front of a blank screen, and no ideas show up, not even a single one.

Your head feels empty, and the long-awaited creative spark does not materialize.

You may blame it on the too generously heated room or its daunting lack of oxygen, or on the fact that it’s been too long since your last caffeine intake.

Maybe it’s just the usual lunch down or your co-worker’s annoying cynicism that keeps your brain from developing meaningful or notable ideas. …


Marina Winkler

Neuroscientist and Psychologist, Founder of the Neurotraining Academy: Neuroscience Trainings for Leaders and Coaches.

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