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How do I find confidence in identity?

This is a super deep question about identity and self-esteem and social anxiety but it's something that I can't stop thinking or understanding lately and I feel like the answer is what I need to achieve some sort of happiness or stability in my life. [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Oct 6, 2016 - 16 answers

How can you maintain original thinking when learning a new field?

When diving into a new field, how can you keep 'thinking outside the box' as you learn the traditional knowledge in a field? As you learn the patterns of thinking that a field promotes, I think it's hard to think outside of those patterns in the future. How do you maintain originality in thinking and avoid paradigm blindness? Some ideas inside. [more inside]
posted by markbao on Jul 26, 2016 - 13 answers

The learning styles of the world’s greatest inventors and thinkers?

I am looking for resources on the learning styles of famous inventors and thinkers? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jun 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Commentators or thinkers who are contrarian when required to be so

Who are some people you guys read who think about the issues in an intelligent way and are unafraid to make a contrarian argument when it makes sense to do so? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 19, 2016 - 10 answers

How can I overcome compulsive perfectionism with ADHD / OCD?

I have ADHD with a lot of OCD symptoms. I think the ADHD is primary, and the OCD symptoms are my lifelong coping reactions to feeling overwhelmed all the time and making endless mistakes. I'm now on Adderall, and it has illuminated how much the OCD slows me down and burdens me, but at the same time, many of my OCD behaviors are rational. They help me catch my many mistakes (while writing or in life) when my ADHD is at its worst. I need strategies to pull myself out or to help me immediately recognize when I'm spiraling. [more inside]
posted by chaos_theory on Mar 12, 2016 - 9 answers

How do you make better life decisions?

How do you deliberately learn how to make better decisions whether it be your personal life or your professional life? How do you get better at making decisions that you take rarely - i.e. whom to get married to, what business to start, where to go to school, etc. [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Feb 18, 2016 - 16 answers

Different Ways of Thinking

Are there books that explore different schemas or ways to make decisions? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Hope for non-linear minds?

I need ideas for being productive/organized although I have a scattershot mind. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

How to stop negative rumination?

Greetings. I seem to have a terrible case of negative rumination and I cannot impede my negative thoughts at all; this jeopardizing my work ethic and academic studies. I would greatly appreciate some pragmatic tips and positive thinking advice. I'm not sure how to stay optimistic and positive about the world and myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2015 - 16 answers

Critical Thinking

Does anyone know of some really good books on critical thinking? I have read some different books on the topic over the years but I find myself to be lacking in this area still. Are there excellent ones out there that anyone would care to recommend? Thank you in advance for your recommendations.
posted by nidora on Feb 21, 2015 - 13 answers

How do you maintain or build mental discilpline?

How do you keep yourself from growing mentally flabby, falling into lazy thinking, defaulting to mindless entertainment, devolving into a decreasing attention span and ability to focus?
posted by roaring beast on Dec 17, 2014 - 22 answers

rejuvenate my brain!

I have a very mentally taxing/stimulating job. When I get home from work, I can't muster the mental energy to do anything but surf the internet. Even a supper with more steps than 2 (open and heat) seem overwhelming. Physically, I feel fine. I'm not physically tired, just completely mentally tapped out. It's starting to cause some tension in my relationship because I am no longer pulling my weight around the house. Leaving my job is not an option: it pays well and I love the work. I am looking for ways to have more mental energy at the end of the day to perform multi step tasks around the house and/or socialize. Any tips? Organization? Meditation? How do you get (more) stuff done? Thanks!
posted by tippy on Nov 7, 2014 - 22 answers

The red pill, via short videos and articles?

I’m helping to design a retreat for a small non profit and would like suggestions for short (~15 min) videos or articles that encourage shifts in thinking or attitude. The TED talk by Dan Pallotta (“The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong”) is a good example. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Oct 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Teaching critical thinking?

Have you ever had a class (or similar structured educational experience) that actually taught you to be better at logic and critical thinking? If so, how'd it do that? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Camping out on a plateau I've built for myself.

As a working artist for shy of a decade, I'm starting to feel like I'm hitting walls most of the time I make, which is making artmaking frustrating. Suggestions for how to rekindle love and patience for the process and start climbing up the next hill? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Aug 26, 2014 - 7 answers

Visual Memory & Auditory Memory

I was curious as to how many visual thinkers there out there? If there are any who are willing to share their information on this post, I am curious as to whether you have always been a visual thinker or whether this was something you developed? Visual thinking seems to be one of the better ways to process information. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jul 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Clear Thinking?

I'm looking for some resources to help me develop my skills in clear thinking. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Apr 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Developing your brain and improving performance

I recently learned that the brain starts out with a lot of fluid intelligence (the ability to acquire new skills and knowledge) which decreases as time goes on. I'm 21, and it has reduced a bit already—but it's never too late to start. How can I take the most advantage of this and build the right foundation for my brain while I'm still young? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Apr 10, 2014 - 6 answers

What are your favorite 'deep thinking' blogs, websites, and resources?

What are your favorite 'deep thinking' blogs, websites, and resources? e.g. Less Wrong (on rationality), Farnam Street (learning from what others have already figured out), Raptitude (on getting better at being human), Ribbonfarm (experiments in refactored perception), Cal Newport (study/learning techniques), etc. [more inside]
posted by markbao on Mar 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me think better!

First off, this isn't a "what do I have?" question. I'm being treated for inattentive ADD and some depression and anxiety. Long story there. But one thing the meds haven't addressed yet is the ability to deeply analyze something and not just pop off the first thing that comes to my head. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Considering moving from the NE and wonder about Durham NC

We are a couple in our mid-50's and are looking for some specific things in our next move; more temperate weather than the North East where we are now; progressive thinking people, good food and a thriving food scene, ability to buy a house for less than $350K, low property taxes ( less than $5K) within driving distance (45 minutes is the max) to a major airport and open-minded people. We are both entrepreneurial and active, love the outdoors and nature and want a small yard for a garden and to be near some kind of water be it a large lake, river or coast. We are considering Portland Ore. or Durham NC. We are still working and work for ourselves. Anyone have an opinion on either or both?
posted by privatechef on Apr 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Brain surgery

What are you thinking about all day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me become more happier and optimistic

I've become an unhappy Grumpy person. I would love some suggestions on positive music and notebooks, calendars which have inspiration positive quotes ? I just need some motivation in times of stress. Some blogs on positive thinking would also be useful. Thanks to all!
posted by happiness01 on Mar 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Decisions, decisions...

How can I avoid analysis paralysis in decision-making and pick what's "right for me" more consistently? How can I minimize regret? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Explanations of your favorite deep and meaningful ideas

I still remember vividly the moment that I got the idea of entropy in information theory; I spent weeks seeing the world in those terms, and playing out the implications (as I understood them). Likewise Nietzschean "eternal recurrence" -- not just as a hypothesis about things repeating on a cosmic scale, but to see if the world and history can be taken as a choice, as something we can affirm. What are your favorite deep, rich, meaningful concepts to think with? (They don't need to be scientifically accurate, necessarily, or something you personally believe -- just things that offer the pleasure of understanding, for you.) Links to explanatory resources, or explanations in the comments welcome, or just names and starting points. [more inside]
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Mar 4, 2013 - 32 answers

It's not their fault they think that way, right..?

What is the most moral way for me to treat or respond to someone who acts in a way informed by less progressive values, given that they may not have had the opportunity, resources or upbringing to learn how to question their own thinking and biases? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Feb 8, 2013 - 20 answers

Can't find pictures of army that reveal progressively more information

I want to use this image for a critical thinking exercise in my classroom. I once saw a series of images that depict, what I remember to be a series of images that reveal more information as the frame pans backwards. But I can no longer find it. [more inside]
posted by swimbikerun on Jan 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Inattentive ADHD

I have a friend who has ADHD primarily inattentive type and struggles with multitasking in both work and home life. Rather than being the hyper person that most of us visualize, he is the exact opposite, very slow and methodical with some rigidity to how he must follow certain rules. My buddy has been struggling in his work place, because he constantly feels overwhelmed. He does see a therapist, but it doesn't seem like any of his issues (at least in the work world) are getting any better. He told me yesterday that people are constantly telling him that he is not present even when he is at work or at home with his wife. It must really be frustrating for him because I know him to be a good guy with good morals. From a brain perspective, it's kind of a bummer because he does take adhd meds, but he is constantly overwhelmed by everything and he tells me that people seem to get frustrated with him even though he is trying. When we hang out, I mainly validate and offer him some understanding. Any suggestions on how to help my friend? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Give me your sleep / relaxation tips

I keep having sleepless nights because I can't slow my thoughts down. What techniques do you use to help you quieten your thoughts so you can sleep? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Sep 12, 2012 - 54 answers

What cognitive biases should everyone know?

What are the five cognitive biases that everyone should know? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Livengood on Aug 1, 2012 - 32 answers

Critical Need

My critical reasoning skills are inadequate. Two examples within, as well as a request for books, websites, activities, or routine patterns of thought to help me develop these reasoning abilities. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Jul 31, 2012 - 30 answers

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain!

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jun 21, 2012 - 33 answers

Common Sense is Not So Common?

Can you help me cultivate common sense? I am very book smart - gifted/high IQ, excel at work, etc. I am relatively street smart - no walking down dark alleys at night, etc. But I fail spectacularly at common sense, and I've given a few examples below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 - 76 answers

Encyclopedia of idea generation strategies?

Is there an encyclopedia or wiki of idea generation and decision-making strategies? [more inside]
posted by jerwilkins on Apr 26, 2012 - 4 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Searching for the critical thinking textbook I had in grade school

Please help me find the critical thinking textbook my grade-school class used in the early eighties. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

What other nerdy games would I like?

I really, really liked the flash game 3 Slices, recently posted on the blue. I also loved Lemmings. What other flash or internet-based games would I like that I can play on my (old) laptop? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jan 22, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm afraid of people seeing me exercising-while-fat. Please help me get over myself.

I have trouble breaking through my mental block on the path to weight loss. How do I mentally adjust myself towards an exercise regime and stick to it? Special self-loathing snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jan 13, 2012 - 43 answers

How do I break jealous thought patterns?

Ex-girlfriend jealousy, my-own-brain-originating-type. How do I break jealous thought patterns? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Dec 16, 2011 - 17 answers

The Con's Piracy

How can I encourage someone to think more critically without coming off condescending? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Sep 7, 2011 - 41 answers

Please help me rid myself of these dark thoughts.

Please help me rid myself of these dark thoughts. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 5, 2011 - 24 answers

How can you change how you think and analyze things?

How can you change how you think and analyze things? How do you think and analyze things in different ways? [more inside]
posted by markbao on May 28, 2011 - 13 answers

How do animals think?

How do animals think? I was watching a cat in our garden the other day, and I wondered how it thought as it doesn't have language to think in. Then I thought: yes, but when I am working on an (easy - not cryptic) crossword, sometimes I am not thinking in words (if this makes sense?) [more inside]
posted by marienbad on May 20, 2011 - 33 answers

How do you judge if you can afford something?

How do you judge if you can afford something? [more inside]
posted by matthewr on May 19, 2011 - 23 answers

How do I get better at thinking on my feet?

How do I learn to think and react more quickly, especially in surprise situations or high excitement and/or stress situations. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Apr 1, 2011 - 16 answers

If I could just get my brain around this I would......

Life is unfair, complex, illogical, closed ended, open ended, difficult, and when _____ happens, I try to think my way out of it until it hurts. Effective tools for limiting obsessive thinking? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 29, 2011 - 23 answers

Help tame The Monkey Mind!

I've come to the conclusion that the root of unhappiness/strife, etc. is what goes on inside my own noodle. In addition to meditation (and, with apologies, excluding western religion) how to tame The Monkey Mind? How to better control the quality of one's thoughts?
posted by gb77 on Dec 16, 2010 - 16 answers

I want to think less frameworky

I've become habitually prone to categorizing mankind according to various schema, many of which are informed by social science. The problem is this brings polarized and hierarchical thinking, and I suspect may be the illusion of intelligence. I suppose I am easily seduced by "frameworks". Can you recommend any books that address this issue, or could at least break me out of this tendency?
posted by blargerz on Oct 7, 2010 - 21 answers

I think too fast, therefore what am I?

What is it called when you make a mistake because you are thinking faster than you can speak/type/etc.? [more inside]
posted by caminovereda on Sep 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Anyone know this questioner's conundrum?

Anyone know this questioner's conundrum? the statement I'm searching for describes the attempt of the speaker to "not think of you" and subsequent efforts to avoid the seemingly inevitable results of thinking about the elephant when trying like crazy not to, heeding the exhortation "DON'T THINK ABOUT AN ELEPHANT!". My inclusion of the elephant reference is as a descriptive aid, not part of the musing of the speaker, by the way. Tao? Buddhist? Zen? Certainly meditative, but all I got on Google were answers pertaining to present-day songs and the like..... Ugh. It is something of a brain-teaser, but highly enlightening in its treatment of helping one get around the mental chatter that seems to predominate thinking. Or, not thinking, in this case. I can find it in none of my books, nor on the net. I can't be the only one who has read this. Not certain about the era in which it originated, nor country, although if I were to speculate madly I'd say Japan, perhaps? Arrrgh. Frustrating. Damn ADD. Thanks, folks-I'll try and check back in ASAP.
posted by girdyerloins on Sep 29, 2010 - 12 answers

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