TIPS & REFLECTIONS

A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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20. How to Win Friends

People are not interested in you. They are not interested in me. They are interested in themselves - morning, noon and after dinner.' Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People Many years ago, when I returned to work after having my first baby, I learned first hand that most people are not interested in you. Anyone who has tried to work full time with a baby at home will know that it's tough. You haven't had more than four hours of uninterrupted sleep for months; the young person looking after your baby actually needs more parenting than your baby does; you worry, or feel guilty, or both, all day long; you have so many balls in the air that you know that any unsche

19. Let Me Introduce You... To Your Brain

'The brain struggling to understand the brain is society trying to explain itself.' Colin Blakemore (from Mechanics of the Mind, 1977) When you think of your brain, do you think of a sophisticated, mature and extraordinarily complex phenomenon? Do you marvel at its ability to assimilate complex information, reason, understand, intuit, create? Do you look around at the world we've created, our cities, our technology, our buildings, our politics, our wars, our paintings, our symphonies, our literature and simply wonder at this organ that is capable of producing these things? Or when you think of your brain do think more of the way it rules us, the way it governs our reactions, colours