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You weren't born ‘to be useful’, Irish president tells young philosophers [R]

9 months, 1 week agoPointsOutTheUsername posted submission on philosophy.
May 17, 2019

Has anyone here been made to feel insecure over their IQ since listening to JP? [R]

1 year, 9 months agogreatjasoni posted submission on JordanPeterson.
May 7, 2018

I have an IQ of 132, and I’m hoping to one day get a PhD in philosophy. I’ve done pretty good in school and I graduated at the top of my class with honors. As an undergrad I was invited to participate in a seminar that is usually meant solely for MA students. I’ve been listening to JBP for awhile, I’ve had my ups and downs with him, but one thing that has (unfortunately) really made an impact on me is his discussion on IQ. Despite my accomplishments, since listening to videos where he discusses IQ I can’t help but feel like I don’t have a “high enough” IQ for my goals. I’ve been wondering what JP would say to someone like me: I’m above average intelligence, but I’m not a genius. What do you all think? Have any of you felt similarly? Am I being foolish?

1 year, 9 months agogreatjasoni posted comment on JordanPeterson.
May 8, 2018

That's called imposer syndrome. Look it up. Literally every graduate student has it. It's very normal.

Creatine is a substance found in high end red meat and fish that most people are deficient in. It's usually taken by bodybuilders as a workout supplement but many people take it for their brain. It's pretty much like taking a vitamin. You can find it at mist pharmacy's or on Amazon. People who are deficient in creatine, which is most of the population, can see about a 5iq point boost. It's one of the most well studied substances that exists, there's 0 downside to it as far as I can tell. (Omega 3 is good as well, but it's less dramatic and more well known)

Depression can also lower your iq by a good few points. Although if you already exercise you're probably doing most of what you can to manage it. A dietary change can help a lot with your overall brain power too. Look into a keto diet, or read an experiment to find a good diet, and you'll have a lot more energy to get things done. You said you have a healthy diet so you're probably good on this, but if you're still feeling bad the diet might not be healthy enough even if you think it is. Many people react differently to different things and there's a ton of misinformation as to what constitutes healthy.

Being a graduate student is a miserable job. You're working absurd hours for bad pay and expected to do amazing things with low odds of success. It's normal to feel the way you feel. Maybe get a therapist. Even if you're not depressed, just talking this stuff through will help you feel better and thus be more productive. Happy people tend to be significantly better at their jobs than unhappy ones so if you can learn to be happy it'll help quite a lot.

I'd recommend the book feeling good, as well. It's basically a guide to doing cognitive behavioral therapy on yourself. I disagree with the philosophy of the book, it maintains that its irrational to be unhappy regardless of circumstance. It's something Jordan Peterson is completely opposed to. However the methods of the book are scientifically sound and Peterson has vouched for the utility of cbt and uses it himself depending on the patient. It'll help you notice a lot of bad and irrational thought patterns and counter then with thoughts more congruent with reality.

IWTL how to be happy and stop worry about how much my life sucks [R]

2 years, 4 months agobhrgunatha posted submission on IWantToLearn.
Oct. 4, 2017

i know that a lot of people have the same problem, but I just can't handle this shit

2 years, 4 months agobhrgunatha posted comment on IWantToLearn.
Oct. 4, 2017

One point is that there is no magic bullet that will always work for everyone. You'll have to try different things and keep adjusting as your life changes.

I got a lot of good ideas from Shawn Achor's book The Happiness Advantage - he uses scientific research to recommend some simple habits that can help improve your mental outlook. It's marketed to boost your work performance, but it's really about improving quality of life.

I read it because of his Ted Talk.

Books to read [R]

2 years, 11 months agokwikileaks posted submission on intj.
March 12, 2017

I'm an INTJ female and I'm sick and tired of my negative attitude. I get frustrated easily by other people's stupidity and I want to be able to focus on something other than that. It's mostly when I'm out in public. I can tell it takes a toll on my INTJ husband who completely understands when I gripe, but sometimes it's just not necessary to always have to point it out. Also, I feel guilt after I'm mean to someone. Also, to clarify, I'm never mean to someone unless they've treated me with disrespect or just been flat out rude. I've worked in retail for years and I would never take something out on someone who can't help the situation. Even still, being negative in public is draining on me, and I can tell on my husband as well.

Long story short, has anyone read any books on how to change your thought process to be more positive? Any suggestions would be appreciated! :)

2 years, 11 months agokwikileaks posted on intj.
March 13, 2017

Self help/improvement pick me up book [R]

3 years, 2 months agobhrgunatha posted submission on suggestmeabook.
Nov. 24, 2016


I'm just looking for a no nonsense pick me up type of book or decent self help book.

Having a difficult time and need something.

3 years, 2 months agobhrgunatha posted on suggestmeabook.
Nov. 25, 2016
  • A quick read with some easily adopted things to try: Shawn Achor - The Happiness Advantage - seven usable habits that have scientific research backing them up. That doesn't mean they're infallible, but the book gives you plenty of suggestions for things that will give you a boost.

  • It's a bit of a cliché now, but for long term growth: Stephen Covey - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Even if you can only take on board one or two of these habits, they can have a good effect on you. I struggled with the way he presents the habits, but I think they are valid and solid ideas for expansion. The story of Victor Frankl alone in the early part of the book had a profound and long lasting effect on me for example.

INTJ pen pal/friend meetup thread [R]

3 years, 11 months agoMarch 26, 2016


3 years, 11 months agokaswing posted on intj.
March 26, 2016

I'd be down! I'm in the DC metro, if anyone wants to meet someone local.

A bit about me:

  • My partner of 2 years is also an INTJ: we are a great team. (Also, I'm not here looking for a romantic connection.)

  • It is important to me organize my life to support happiness because of the evidence that happiness leads to success (rather than the other way around). Here's a book about it.. This pursuit has changed my life, as my natural tendency is to the cynical and detached.

  • I moved to the DC area from southern CA to pursue an interdisciplinary, mixed-methods social science PhD about 6 months ago. I'm really happy with it and excited to pursue research as a career.

  • I come from a really religious, fairly conservative household, and I'm learning how to navigate my relationships with my family as a relatively newly-minted liberal wackjob.

  • I have a cat. Her name is Mandelbrot (after this guy). When she is being a pest, I call her "Mandible-beeblebrat."

  • My primary hobby is visual art. I do a lot of monochromatic, 2D stuff but I work in lots of different media: pen, india ink, watercolor, and most recently, textiles. I'm learning to use Illustrator right now.

  • While I've been writing this my Spotify played Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Sylvan Esso, Justin Timberlake, Elvis, and Die Antwoord. I'm not embarrassed; take that how you will :)

  • I'll turn 30 this year. This year was the best of my life, so I look forward to seeing how next year will beat it.

Daily FI discussion thread - January 20, 2016 [R]

4 years, 1 month agoKevType9 posted submission on financialindependence.
Jan. 20, 2016

Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply!

Since this post does tend to get busy, consider sorting the comments by "new" (instead of "best" or "top") to see the newest posts.

4 years, 1 month agoKevType9 posted on financialindependence.
Jan. 20, 2016

Go take some time to yourself man. Figure out some ways to make yourself happier in the present. Take a look at The Happiness Advantage if you haven't in the past, it is a very scientific book that outlines proven ways to improve your current happiness.

I'm a big believer in the hedonic treadmill. Be wary of any time you are sacrificing your happiness now in order to become happier in the future. You COULD be making a mistake.

EDIT: and if you do decide to go the lower-income route, make sure to sub to /r/leanfire!

The Happiness Treadmill [R]

4 years, 1 month agoSucklemyNuttle posted submission on consulting.
Jan. 16, 2016

I've been meaning to write about happiness for a while. I've done a lot of coaching over the years, and sometimes, I feel like this topic of the "happiness treadmill" is something that is as valuable, if not even more so, than any insight on interviews, cases, or essays or anything like that. It is especially relevant for people in our field as consulting does tend to draw a specific type that's been referred to as "the insecure overachiever".


The happiness (hedonic) treadmill is the idea that people generally have the same happiness setpoint for life. Specific events do not play as big of a role in the long term as many originally thought. Instead, the best way to increase long-term happiness is to pursue activities that move the setpoint.

Example Of Being On The Treadmill

It's recruiting season and you think: "If I get into consulting, I will be so happy!" And then, thanks to your hard work, you get into a great boutique and are ecstatic.

But pretty soon, all the people you meet are also consultants, some of which are from more prestigious firms and some of which have shinier cars / bigger homes / etc. And so you feel a little less happy than you did before and you think to yourself, "If I got into McKinsey, that woudl be it! I will finally be happy!"

And so you network and slave on and finally, work your way into the firm! You are over the moon and all your friends are proud of you. But after a while, you get used to it. Being at McKinsey doesn't make you as happy anymore. And then one day, you find out one of your old colleagues had left the boutique and ended up being COO of UberLyftCar and so you think to yourself...


In a seminal study on happiness1 , researchers interviewed three groups of people: Lottery Winners, Catastrophic Accident Victims, and Control Group. They assessed:

  • how happy they felt before the events
  • how happy they felt at the time
  • how happy they think they would feel a few years in the future

What they found was that peoples' happiness would spike due to events, but over time, their happiness would normalize close to their original happiness setpoint. For lottery winners, their sizeable wealth enabled them to enjoy new pleasures, but this in turn made the old pleasures less treasured. Likewise with the paraplegics; mundane activities are now seen as more valuable because of their current state. In both cases, over time the profound emotions associated with the original event fade away as the individuals adapt to their current situation.

Getting Off The Happiness Treadmill

1. Know who you want to be

Stop chasing money for happiness. Stop comparing yourself to others. Most people dream of earning tons of money so that they can buy a huge mansion and have several luxury cars. But, as lottery winners can testify, a big house and all those other fancy things can only satisfy you to a certain extent. Instead of knowing what you want to possess it is more productive to know exactly where you want to be. Have a goal or a vision for your life. And then, let this mission be what you measure yourself against. Aim to be the person that goes to bed being satisfied knowing that they are progressing on something really personally important, instead of being the person that just goes to bed trying to make a lot of money or to impress others. 2,3

2. Maintain a proper balance in life

We all tend to forget that happiness emerges out of balance. As a consequence, we sacrifice the valuable time we could spend with our family in order to acquire material possessions in the hope of gaining happiness by doing so. We also tend to forget that too much of a thing can quickly diminish its positive aspects. For this reason, try to establish a harmonious balance in your life.

Make sure to invest time in your hobbies, friends and family just as much you invest in your professional endeavors. Realize that materialism can only provide you with short-term happiness. Don't fall into the trap of working 60 hours weeks in a job you dislike to buy things for a family you don't see. 2,3

3. Self reflect to understand yourself

Meditate on what it is that contributes to your happiness. Once you have realized the major factors that make you happy you are able to aggressively sort out anything else that does not make a contribution.2,3

4. Take time to help others

Knowing that you have helped another person live a better life is a profound experience. Scientists of the University of British Columbia and the Harvard Business School found that helping others can have a significantly positive impact on your own happiness. The researchers found that spending money on others predicted greater levels of happiness. Another study found that volunteering has the same impact: "People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness. All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up. It also improves their health and even their longevity." 2,4

5. Appreciate the little things

One way to do this is through a happiness journal. Every day before you go to bed, you write one sentence about something that made you happy on that day. It takes 2 minutes, but it forces you to think about the sweet things that happen on a day-to-day basis. The days are long, but the years are short - writing one sentence a day is fairly easy and at the end of the year, it adds up to a marvelous record. If not a journal, then at the very least, take some time before bed to reflect on the positives that happened during the day, no matter how small. 5

In the end though, happiness is art and science. Given the demands of consulting, it may be something we struggle with more than others.

Personally, just being exposed to this perspective on happiness was a bit of a relevation for me. I grew up under the watchful eye of a "Tiger Mom" - and so, rewards always came from successes. There was always another grade to attain, another award to strive for, another brand to add to my resume. And over time, it became ingrained in me to constantly seek the next achievement on the horizon. On one hand, I am forever grateful - after all this drive has pushed me to where I am today. But on the other hand, it was exhausting - and it wasn't until I began learning about these happiness topics that I realized how important proper balance is. It's all still a work in progress, but at the very least, concepts like "have a personal long-term vision" have forced me think about what it takes to attain and maintain sustainable happiness.

I could probably share much more on this topic, but am also super interested in hearing about how others have dealt with the pursuit of happiness in their lives.


1 - Lottery Winners and Accident Victims

2 - Planet of Success

3 - Pursuing Happiness

4 - One Sentence Journal

5 - Helping Others Makes Us Happy

4 years, 1 month agoSucklemyNuttle posted on consulting.
Jan. 18, 2016

Man, I'm so late to this thread but hope this doesn't get buried--what you talk about is covered at great length alongside a TON of other empirical evidence and research in a book I love called "The Happiness Advantage."

The argument there is: we think achieving goals makes us happy, but in reality, achieving a state of happiness in life helps us achieve goals. It's a ton of eye-opening research, advice, etc. that I've passed along to others as well as the book itself. Cheers!

Almost 40 with no career what can a INFP do ? [R]

4 years, 4 months agopradeep23 posted submission on infp.
Oct. 6, 2015

I'm very new to this MBTI stuff but it seems one definite trait us INFP's have in common is a distaste for rigid structure and a inclination for indecisiveness, something which has definately plagued me all my life. I'm a posterboy for missed oppurtunities in life !. But before I go off on a tangent again let's get to my main concern first. I've worked in IT techsupport all my life but now nearing 40 I have to resort to minimum wage customerservice gigs again. After being unemployed for more than a year I finally got this job, but on 2nd day of training a collegue made a rude comment ('I don't like you!') and that was that, I couldn't concentrate anymore and lagged behind in training, at the end of the week they let me go. At the second job I learned from this experience, took some slight jabs at me very well and did well in training, but I failed the test because I got stuck on one question for too long, so I was let go again. Fired 2 times within 2 months and it's not the first time !. I have to land another low paying crap job soon, but those temp agencies don't seem to have any rush with not responding to my applications!.

So out of desperation and to have some sense of purpose I've recently enrolled myself in a online Fullstack webdevelopment course, something I've been doing off an on for many years as a hobby (webdev) but never truely committed myself to. I HATE techsupport but I truely love programming, I guess not surprising being a extremely creative person (painting, drawing, photography) I like to create things that are my own, rather than regurgitate a manual on a daily basis. The generic repetitive nature of techsupport just sucks the life out me, but because I've been doing it for 15yrs it's the only job I can seemingly apply for and get an interview for...but eventually not get the job, because my lack of current knowledge and passion for the subject immediately shows. Also I have no college degree, never finished anything, only some outdated MS certification. I do love programming but I have no workexperience and my knowledge is still very basic, it will take months to years before I get to any level to score a job with.
How I see it my prospects are very bleak, unless I finish this course, I have no other marketable skillsset ... ok that's not true, I'm highly skilled at oilpainting and photography ;) no kidding !. Can you guys being well versed in MBTI give me any pointers I can work on or skills I can develop to increase my chances ?. And to the IT guys who might be reading, is there any point to get into webdev at this age, do I stand a chance ?. What would you suggest ? I'm flying blind here guys ...

4 years, 4 months agopradeep23 posted on infp.
Oct. 7, 2015

Stick to what you know (IT techsupport). Find reasons to like the job. If you have mentally exhausted, take a break for few days. Travel somewhere. Come back and do what you know. Then start with what you can achieve. If you want to make career switch, you need to put in a concrete plan for same.

You become contend with your attitude and thinking, and not with having a specific kinda job.

Shawn Achor

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

Becoming a Manager [R]

4 years, 6 months agoAug. 3, 2015


4 years, 6 months agoLawyersGunsAndKony posted on personalfinance.
Aug. 3, 2015

Congrats. Managing a team for the first time is definitely a learning experience. If you were promoted to management from an internal position - the best advice I could offer you is the power of acknowledgement, or publicly recognizing your individual employees on a daily basis for their good work. This is especially important if you are the "lead by example" type - because often times we tend to put our heads down, do great work, and expect team members to observe and learn from what we're doing.

There's a great book called the Happiness Advantage, which I've found really helpful in learning how to best manage my team. Would also recommend talking to friends/colleagues in management and always be keen on what other companies are doing to encourage teamwork and professional development. Also - if you're overseeing hiring for your team, that can also be pretty tricky. I've had bad experiences hiring for skills without character or cultural fit, and great experiences hiring people who fit our culture that can be trained. Anyway, good luck.

What happens when the office is empty [R]

4 years, 7 months agoBlenderGuru posted submission on videos.
July 11, 2015
4 years, 7 months agoBlenderGuru posted on videos.
July 11, 2015

You're actually completely right. Happiness does indeed lead to higher achievements and productivity in the workplace (and almost every situation in life, including the military).

The Happiness Advantage talks about this a great deal. Or watch the TEDx talk by the same author.

[Text] College burnout? [R]

4 years, 9 months agoMay 25, 2015


4 years, 9 months agoInimitableGoose posted on GetMotivated.
May 25, 2015

Get your hands on The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Alternatively, his TED talk gives a pretty solid overview of the book if you're short on time (which it seems you might be). This guy cut his teeth teaching and researching at Harvard and has a lot of really good insights into why happiness ("positive psychology") is vital to peak performance.

One thing that he speaks about which may be particularly relevant for you is the behavioural patterns he noticed in undergrads that saw a decline in their GPA. These students thought the answer was to spend more hours in the library studying - sleeping less, choosing fast/convenient meals instead of eating well, cutting social interaction, and falling out of their peer groups. I'm paraphrasing liberally here but that solution didn't work and these students saw their grades continue to slide. I won't butcher his work any further as he has a lot of really practical insights and exercises to try. I hope you can carve out some time to have a listen to his talk/read his book. All the best!

Creative/art directors, managers, etc..., how you find a good balance to keep your designers somewhat content? [R]

4 years, 11 months agoMarch 20, 2015

I know it's impossible to make a designer truly feel happy about his/her job. But what sort of practices or tips do you have to help them NOT feel like a production monkey or resentful of their day to day work?

4 years, 11 months agopixelneer posted on Design.
March 20, 2015

OH No doubt. As I said.. you STILL have to pay fair wages...

Actually just started reading The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

This guy proposes that our model is wrong.. we chase money thinking that more will bring us happiness... which it never does. Instead, we focus on being happy and by doing so, we inevitably make more money because we are more productive etc. (I KNOW sounds like total self help BS) but, Google, Coca-Cola and others have this guy come in and model their 'cultures' following the same principles...

Actually found him via his TED talk ...

EDIT sorry.. thanks /u/julian88888888 nice article.. clipped to my evernote on this very topic..

[Image] I hate that word - "lucky" ... [R]

4 years, 11 months agoMacromancer11235 posted submission on GetMotivated.
March 8, 2015
4 years, 11 months agoMacromancer11235 posted on GetMotivated.
March 9, 2015

Yes and no, to those hypothetical scenarios, as hypothetically, everything is possible, impossible, true, and not true, so I'm sorry I ever used an allegory-example. :p But you've clearly misunderstood everything I've said (which is probably my fault); especially that part about a goal; there really is no goal. Though, a point of life-retirement usually comes naturally with older age and/or much experience, and so a dying passion for life; unless one is severely unhappy, though I, of course, can't speak for everyone. How could one truly be uninterested in life without experiencing much of it? Let me put some more emphasis on the word truly.

Again, the word "success" is very subjective; I guess my definition of "success" is synonymous with "happiness", which is a means, not a goal; goals are illusions. Studies have shown that when we're happy, we naturally expand ourselves, and so those around us who's willing. If we're not, then we won't, and create a (illusory) comfort zone and (illusory) ego.

PLEASE just check out some basic Neuroplasticity and at least a synopsis of the book "The Happiness Advantage", and re-read my posts. :)

Book: article:

Good Books that have helped you be better? [R]

5 years, 1 month agolucasandrew posted submission on DecidingToBeBetter.
Jan. 12, 2015

I am looking for a good read. I find myself with an overwhelming amount of free time in college, and i would love to spend a majority of it reading books that will better me as a person. Recommendations?

5 years, 1 month agolucasandrew posted on DecidingToBeBetter.
Jan. 12, 2015

I would recommend The Happiness Advantage. Still one of the best books I've read and really helped me, specifically for putting my problems in perspective.

What are some things I can do everyday that'll help me in the process of becoming a better person? [R]

5 years, 6 months agothebuddy posted submission on DecidingToBeBetter.
Aug. 5, 2014

I have already ditched drinking soda. That stuff is just horrible for you and my teeth will thank me later. What other suggestions do you have?

EDIT:you all have shared great ideas thanks so much!

5 years, 6 months agothebuddy posted on DecidingToBeBetter.
Aug. 5, 2014

I have found that becoming happier is the key to achieving more: (Here's a highly-recommended book about that very topic:

  • Smile more often. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. Even fake smiling. Smiling begets more smiling.

  • Start and/or end your day by writing about the positive things that happened to you that day. Many people write a list of things they're grateful for. Personally, I just write about the positive things I encountered each day. I prefer to do this at the beginning of each day. It puts you in a positive mindset to start your day.

  • Start each day with a 'win'. Achieve or overcome something early in the day, especially if it's something you didn't want to do. This can help put you in a positive mindset to start your day.

Read self-help books. As people, we know very little. Accept that and revel in the fact that you can spend your life learning from other people's mindsets and perspectives.

Some recommendations:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (Learn how to deal with people better. Maybe the Holy Grail of self-help books. Having better interactions with people makes you a happier person and boosts your confidence.)

  • The Power of Habit (Work on building good habits. This book also talks about an important principle, a "keystone habit" - a strong habit to adopt that shows you that you can make other improvements in your life and as a result motivates you to do so.)

  • Think and Grow Rich (Become more motivated and believe more in yourself. Not just about becoming rich.)

  • The Happiness Advantage (Learn more about positive psychology and the power of happiness as a motivational factor in your life.)

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I have found that most things I've read in these books are things I already "knew", but didn't really internalize until reading about them.

You can use an app/website like Blinkist to get the key insights of many of these books summarized for you. I find that doing that in addition to reading/listening to the book really helps you absorb the information better.

Why doesn't research focus on how to make people happy? [R]

5 years, 7 months ago[deleted] posted submission on Futurology.
July 19, 2014

Society puts an unbelievable amount of money and effort into researching and discussing better future solutions to problems like illness, mortality, transportation, etc and also this subreddit here focuses on these issues.

But isn't the ultimate goal of all these things to have a little less misery in the human condition, to make us happier? And if so, why don't we focus out resources on understanding how our brains create feelings of well-being, satisfaction, happiness - and why don't we spend billions on creating technology to directly enhance emotional wellbeing? Antidepressants are focussing on treating an illness and are clearly not well suited to enhance happiness in 'normal' human beings.

5 years, 7 months ago[deleted] posted on Futurology.
July 19, 2014 this is an incredible book about positive psychology and its general application. Truly an incredible read/audio book.

Any books about becoming the person you want to be? [R]

6 years agoasdfasdf123456789 posted submission on getdisciplined.
Jan. 22, 2014

Does anyone know any books about how to work towards becoming the person you want to be?

iwtl how to think positively and be positive - studies show that such people are happier and more successful in life. However my family are pessimists and that's how I was raised. [R]

6 years, 3 months agoSwinsee posted submission on IWantToLearn.
Nov. 19, 2013
6 years, 3 months agoSwinsee posted on IWantToLearn.
Nov. 20, 2013

Shawn Achor studies positive psychology, more specifically happiness, and has done an interesting TED talk. He's also written a book on the same subject called The Happiness Advantage. I liked the book, the very least you should get out of it is how to look at life more positively.

The boss, not the workload, causes workplace depression: It is not a big workload that causes depression at work. An unfair boss and an unfair work environment are what really bring employees down, new study suggests. [R]

6 years, 3 months ago[deleted] posted submission on science.
Oct. 27, 2013
6 years, 3 months ago[deleted] posted on science.
Oct. 27, 2013

Shawn Achor's book "The Happiness Advantage" is really fascinating. I saw a lecture he gave on PBS and I was amazed at some of the results of his studies:

People seem to always think that I "look angry" and it is affecting my career opportunities. [R]

6 years, 10 months agogroovinjello posted submission on socialskills.
April 13, 2013

First off, yes, this is a throwaway.

Last year, I graduated from university and started working in my field. Since then, I have worked at several different establishments and at each one I have been told that clients/customers are complaining because I apparently "look angry" and am not friendly enough.

Naturally, after hearing this the first time I did my best to change my demeanor, smiling more often and being more soft-spoken. However, these obviously don't come very naturally to me. I am by nature a very intense, serious guy, ESPECIALLY when I'm at work (I was raised to have a good work ethic, so when I'm on the clock, I just instinctively put on my "game face"). These efforts seem to have been only moderately successful at best because like I said, I've been warned at every job I've taken in the past year and have been let go from a couple.

Another thing worth mentioning, is that all my employers have also told me very clearly, that I am very good at the technical aspect of my job and that I impressed them with my knowledge. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to trump this issue of me looking angry/unfriendly...

Now, to be clear, I am NOT always angry, I LOVE doing what I do because it's what I know best and what I'm most passionate about. And I'm also super friendly, apparently just don't look like I am. I'm just starting to feel like I will never be successful in my field because I'm just not a people person. I know that I'm shy and that I'm what most people would call "introverted", but I'm feeling as if I'm damned for life because of this one little thing (to me it seems like a little thing, apparently it's a big thing because people are actually complaining about it). I have honestly tried as hard as I can without coming across as "fake" and for some jobs it has worked, others it hasn't. One thing is for sure that it isn't going away, and I'm starting to dislike my job simply from the pressure being put on me to always do something that doesn't come naturally. Any advice is welcome, thank you.

6 years, 10 months agogroovinjello posted on socialskills.
April 14, 2013

It takes practice to change your demeanor. Some of it is changing the way you think and as mentioned before the way you carry yourself.

You don't have to be smiling like an idiot all day long. It is ok to have your "game face" on when working. But... take some time to casually walk around and just greet people by name with a "pleasant" smile, "hey John, how's it going?" Nothing to stretching or forced.

A good book you might want to look into is The Happiness Advantage. Gives a lot of insight into how our perceived happiness influences our lives and what we can do about it.

I am ready to make a change. What books or websites do you recommend that can help me with that? [R]

6 years, 10 months ago[deleted] posted submission on AskMen.
April 8, 2013

I'm tired of the way I'm living my life. I'm leaving town at the end of this month, and I want to start over. What books or websites do you recommend that can help me along the way?

6 years, 10 months ago[deleted] posted on AskMen.
April 8, 2013

Watch this TED talk:

But this book: