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This is Your Brain on Skim Reading And The Skills You Need to Be More Emotionally Intelligent [Best Reads]

Every week, I come across insightful posts about behaviour change that affect health, wealth, and productivity.

At the end of the week (on Fridays), I share ten of the best posts at the intersection of personal development, psychology, technology, and productivity with my Postanly Weekly subscribers.

I handpick some of the best long reads across the web that are almost as good as reading a book. Shorter than a book but equally valuable.

It’s a healthy mix of ideas on how to work better, make smarter decisions, and everything you need to build a better life and career.

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This is Your Brain on Skim Reading | Medium

Deep reading is dying. Today, digital content overload is turning us into a world of skim-readers with consequences for this generation and the next one. Modern-day reading is still evolving. The brain’s ability to read is rapidly changing.

The Introvert’s Guide to Networking | BBC Capital

Networking, used as a verb, sounds a bit like a contact sport — something akin to excruciating speed-dating with business cards. However delightful your immediate circle of friends and family may be, people you already know can’t always…

Digital Addiction Getting You Down? Try an Analog Cure | New York Times

In “The Nicomachean Ethics,” Aristotle argues that true human flourishing requires activities like philosophizing that are pursued for no other reason than their intrinsic quality. Seneca had similarly lofty visions for our time off, writing,

The Science of Music and Productivity | Zapier blog

Does listening to music help you work? Ask a dozen people that question, and you’ll get a dozen answers. Some swear by classical music, others jazz. Some prefer silence, others the buzz of a busy coffee shop.

How Not to Choke Under Pressure | TED Ideas

“They choked.” It’s one of the most humiliating things you can say about a person. Just about all of us have choked at some point in our lives, whether it was during a test, a game, a talk, or a sales call.

How The Internet Amplifies Our Cognitive Biases | Hackernoon

Considering how flawed our thinking and perception tends to be, it’s hard not to be amazed by humanity’s achievements and how far civilization has come. As cognitive biases affect every single individual no matter their standing…

The Urgent Quest for Slower, Better News | The New Yorker

Last month, I decided to try an experiment with my media diet. Usually, in the morning, I skim e-mail newsletters in my inbox, scroll through my Twitter feed, and peruse the news apps on my phone; later, in the office, I tap through…

5 Skills You Need to Be More Emotionally Intelligent than the Average Three-Year-Old | Mark Manson

An astronaut is probably the most difficult job to land on the planet. Of tens of thousands of applications, NASA selects roughly half a dozen each decade. The application process is rigorous and highly demanding.

The Passion Paradox: A Conversation with Brad Stulberg | Behavioural Scientist

Brad Stulberg is a writer, performance coach, and coauthor (with Steve Magness) of an intriguing new book on the role of passion at the workplace in beyond — specifically, the ways in which it can be a double-edged sword.

Can We Touch? | The Atlantic

Physical contact remains vital to health, even as we do less of it. The rules of engagement aren’t necessarily changing — they’re just starting to be heard. Tiffany Field has spent decades trying to get people to touch one another more.

Until Next Week,
Thomas, Curator at Postanly