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Love to see that such an ‘in-the-moment and active’ behavior works. Yes! ‘Surprise’ –is a Proven Self Improvement Skill!
Another interesting way to self improvement! It is surprising that one of the most crucial skills in self improvement or science is about noticing something which is not expected –
It is in a surprise!!
Yes, you read it right!
Now, what does this mean?
It is simple; you should look for all signs which prove that whatever you assumed is wrong. One such sign as suggested by scientists is the feeling of being ‘surprised’.
Our brains are always making predictions about how people are going to react, what happens if a glass falls off the table and so on.
Experts reveal “Surprise tells us that we were expecting something other than what we got, even when we didn’t know we were expecting anything at all,” and this is what is proven in the recent research.
Julia Galef reports on this exciting and wonderful behavior. A snippet of her article is below. Enjoy!
>>> It`s all about noticing the unexpected!!
If I could ensure that kids come away from science class with one thing only, it wouldn’t be a set of facts. It would be an attitude—something that the late physicist Richard Feynman called “scientific integrity,” the willingness to bend over backward to examine reasons your pet theories about the world might be wrong. “That is the idea that we all hope you have learned in studying science in school,” Feynman said in a 1974 commencement speech. “We never say explicitly what this is, but just hope that you catch on by all the examples of scientific investigation.”
Teaching that spirit is easier said than done. “The hardest thing is convincing teenagers they can be wrong,” a high school science teacher from Phoenix lamented to me recently in a conversation about scientific integrity. But to be fair, it’s not just teenagers. We’re all captives of one of the most well-established errors in human reasoning, called confirmation bias: our tendency to focus on evidence that confirms our prior expectations. Once our minds alight on a theory, our impulse is to reassure ourselves it’s true, not set out to disprove it.
For example, researchers has demonstrated that our perception of a speaker depends on whether we’ve been told ahead of time that he’s confident or shy. Our judgment of a child’s academic skill depends on whether we’ve been led to believe that she’s from a rich family or a poor one.
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