The problem’s in the mail and now it isn’t my problem anymore

Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Writing about an unpleasant experience and then sealing the completed account in an envelope has been found to go along way in easing the upset and memory of the event.

Sealing a disturbing news story in an envelope reduced the negative emotional impact of the story and reduced participants’ memory of it. By contrast, sealing an unrelated piece of paper did not have these effects, thus showing that it’s the act of containing the emotional material that’s important, not the mere act of putting anything in an envelope.

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The best way to find a solution… stop thinking about the problem

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

The situation whereby a solution to problem – especially one we’ve been thinking over for a while – comes to us when we’re giving it the least amount of thought, is probably pretty familiar. The challenge therefore is to place yourself in situations where you are not giving such problems direct thought:

You can’t directly control where your thoughts drift. If you’re controlling them, they’re not drifting. But you can control them indirectly, by controlling what situations you let yourself get into. That has been the lesson for me: be careful what you let become critical to you. Try to get yourself into situations where the most urgent problems are ones you want think about.

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Some photos speak far more than a thousand words

Monday, 12 October, 2009

16 photographers talk about the story behind taking some of their most difficult photos.

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Puzzle creator’s tips for solving everyday problems

Wednesday, 26 August, 2009

Someone who writes brain teasers and puzzles would also surely know to solve an array of other problems as well, or at least has ways of trying to.

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How the web annoys, let me count the ways

Wednesday, 26 August, 2009

Glad it’s not just me that finds the WWW a tad frustrating at times, though I hadn’t compiled a list 65 gripes long… yet.

The reset button. Do we really need this? I especially love it when I accidentally press “reset” instead of “submit”. It’s especially satisfying when it’s a long form.

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