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The Psychology of Not Wearing or Wearing Masks During Pandemic

 

Ever wonder why some people are vehemently opposed to wearing masks and quarantining, while some are insisting they be worn for the good of the group? Ever wonder why some people are prone to the propaganda of people taking their freedoms away and some are prone to the propaganda of following established social norms?

It turns out that it's not about conspiracy theories, fear, or fake news (although these things come as a result of it); it's really about the predominant psychological temperaments of 2 different groups. The issue of whether or not to wear a mask in society is likely based on whether a person's dominant temperament is affiliative or pragmatic. Read below to see what this means.

Affiliatives vs. Pragmatics

According to depth psychology and Dr. Linda Bairnes, there are 2 different groups of people -- the AFFILIATIVES and the PRAGMATICS. 

AFFILIATIVES (55% of people)

  • are focused on the needs of the group rather than the self
  • they check in with social norms &...
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Working From Home? How To Transition From Work To Home Life (LIFE CHANGING!)

By: Contributing Writer

Since moving from an office environment into a remote workplace, Bloomberg has noted that US workers have logged in an average of an extra 3 hours of work per day. One of the reasons for this is that we are not able to manage the transition between work and home life since on the surface it all looks the same. It absolutely doesn’t have to be this way – and we're here to share tips that worked for us and other highly successful people who have been working from home for 10-20 years.

We all deserve to have a blissful life even with our work (do work that you love!), free from unnecessary stress, toxic work environments, and burnout. If you don’t yet believe this, please take a moment to re-read this statement and consider letting this idea in.

Here are 5 ways to successfully transition from work life to home life when working remotely so that you can enjoy your life and work smarter:

 

1) Plan a Consistent Transition Activity

When...

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5 Unusual but Transformative Ways to Work From Home (THIS MAY CHANGE YOUR LIFE!)


By: Contributing Writer

For some office workers, this is their first time working from home. The strange combination of working a corporate job from home can be a shock to most. I can relate. Having been in a corporate environment all of my work life, I can say the difference is stark. However, even if I’ve worked in a conservative field like finance for most of my life, I went home to study martial arts, yoga/pilates, psychology, and various contemplative arts.

With the knowledge gained from all those areas, I want to share 5 unusual ways that helped me conquer working from home. You will probably not see these in any other article, but they are nonetheless deeply transformative and may change your life. 

Music has the power to immediately change your state and profoundly engage you in your work. Do you remember a time when you heard a song you loved from your past out of the blue and it tugged your heartstrings back to that moment? Music pulls out the...

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How To Create Healthy Food Options (Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian) In A Quarantine

Quarantine situations can make it hard to get not only variety but also access to fresh produce we once freely enjoyed.  An Empath knows how important it is to keep our minds and bodies as clear with natural, wholesome foods. However, there are few ideas out there for eating right and well in a quarantine. 

So we pulled together all you need to know on how to get the most cost-effective, least processed, healthy food when you're not allowed to leave the house. Some of these will be vegan options, others vegetarian, and others will include fish or chicken. Read on below to see some general tips and food combinations to prepare for months of quarantine. 

Top 10 Pieces of General Advice Before You Go Shopping

  1. Flash-frozen foods, such as vegetables, fish, and fruits hold much of their original nutrients. They also last for many months in the freezer. They are also relatively cost-effective.
  2. Breakout your food purchases into fresh, frozen, and canned/dry purchases,...
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Social Distancing For Empaths & Introverts - What You Should Know

Social Distancing For Empaths, Introverts & HSPs -- What You Should Know

In light of current events, the world today seems as if it was mysteriously flipped upside down from a completely extroverted one, into a profoundly introverted one. For the most part, extroverts are now experiencing that same draining discomfort, frustration, and anxiety that introverts endure every other day of their entire lives.

However, this is more than just a serendipitous switch out of extroversion, it's a manic thrust into introversion: people are being quarantined, unable to go out to clubs, bars, restaurants, religious gatherings, and other social gatherings. People have no choice but to stay inside their homes, the lucky working from home, and the others fighting to keep their jobs or to rescue and care for people who need it most. 

 

A Much Needed Rest

Amid all the cancelations, unexpectedly, it has shown most of the world how overburdened and overworked we all are....

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A Surprising Cure For Stress & Overwhelm

By: Contributing Writer

Have you left your keys in the fridge lately? I don't know about you, but 2020 started out with a bang. It may only be February but it may feel like you've done half a year of work already.

Lately, I've been acutely aware of how stress impacts our lives and our work. A different part of us shows up when under stress, and this part is seriously stunted in making the right decisions and being effective. Not only that, but it harms the people around us, by the dense "moods" we inhabit.

Find The Traumatic Event

What I've found is that if we are extremely aware of ourselves, there is often a triggering emotionally traumatic event that causes the shift between the part of us who operates in normal stressful environments and the part of us who operate in a state of overwhelm. That straw that breaks the camel's back.

A triggering event can be a sudden pile on of work, facing intense pressure from many sides, or not being able to complete an important task due to...

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How To Tell If You're Working For A Narcissist

The quickest way to tell if you are working for a Narcissist is to pay attention to how they use rules and moral laws. 

A company has certain rules and laws they uphold to make things fair, whether they believe in them or not. Sometimes, there are regulations imposed on them to put people on equal footing. 

What we've found to be a key indicator of narcissism, and if you have a narcissistic boss, is their intentions with using the rules:

  • Do they have the outward appearance of following the rules, but internally, they are using the rules to get what they want?
  • Are they manipulating data to get the result they want?
  • What is their driving intention towards interacting with the rules?
  • Are they operating secretly, behind the scenes to set up an appearance of following the rules, or to move forward with a personal plan?
  • Are you pressured to collaborate with them under urgent circumstances?

All these signs are red flags that you are working for a narcissistic boss. 

Now,...

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Mistakes: What's Perfect About This?

The Waiter

I was in a restaurant one day and the waiter came by to show us the specials. Of course, for an empath, we can see when a waiter is just going through a spiel. This waiter sincerely loved everything he was recommending. When we told him what we wanted, no matter how strange, he would bring it out with all the trimmings. 

We engaged in very nice conversation and actually got to know each other in a very authentic way. Nothing was forced and everything he said added value to our conversation, our dining experience, and our lives. 

However, once we got our entrees, one of us realized he didn't bring out the appetizer, and mentioned it to him. He immediately felt terrible and asked if we still wanted it (we didn't). Then he asked if he could get us extra of anything at all (we didn't need it). However, at the end, he ended up giving us our dessert to rectify the mishap. 

We were very happy with the service, and once we were done, we gave him a very good tip and...

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10 Reasons You May Be Too Stressed At Work... During The Holidays!

Like the frog in a pot of water that does not realize it is being boiled as the temperature rises slowly, often we do not realize our stress levels sneakily rising during the holidays. Here are 10 sneaky ways stress sneaks up with you at work... and how to become human again. 

10 Sneaky Ways To Know You Or Someone You Know Is Boiling Stressed From The Holidays:

10.  You get an out of office message with a backup contact, and you email the first person asking for their backup contact (yes, this happens). 

9. You get an out of office message from a colleague with a date they are expected to return to the office, and you forget what the date is (or even that they are out of the office) and continue to email them asking for the date they will return (yes, this happens).

8. You complain to the person who sent you a link to something why the link doesn't work instead of realizing that it may be a technical issue.

7. The conversations you have with your significant other or...

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Empaths: How To Be Your Own Boss

A manager once told he that the worst bosses he had taught him the most... now that is an elegant thought but there is only so much suffering we should be allowed to take. The truth is, no one deserves to be treated unfairly by a person in power. 

This has to stop. This website is taking part in that (r)evolution. 

Most of my career has been under horrible bosses. My old manager was right in that they taught me the most -- they taught me what I was willing to accept in my life and what I wanted real empathy to look like in leadership. I decided to become my own boss. You can do that, too. Here's something to get you started.

How To Be Your Own Boss 

1) First realize that being your own boss does not mean starting your own business (but you can, if you want!) Being your own boss means empowering yourself to take responsibility for what you do, and perform quality work because if you were the boss, that's what you'd want. You take on the level of responsibility in your...

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