Author Archives: Guestspeaker

About Guestspeaker

A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world. We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".

Willful Blindness

There is a scientific term for ignoring the obvious, in psychology it is called ‘willful blindness.’  Psychologist, author, CEO and part-time lecturer Margaret Heffernan explains:

“Willful blindness is a human phenomenon to which we all succumb in matters little and large.
We can’t notice and know everything.
So, this means that we train our brain to filter or edit the information we want to let in.
Consequently, what we choose to let out is crucial.
The tendency is for us to let in information that makes us feel good about ourselves, whilst conveniently filtering out whatever unsettles our fragile ego and most vital beliefs.
Fear of conflicts and fear of change keep us that way.
The problem with this is that everything outside that warm, safe circle is in our blind spot, making us willfully blind!”

The good news is that willful blindness, or ‘channel-thinking’ isn’t a fatal diagnosis of the human condition. Margaret Heffernan also explains:

“Willful blindness may be our natural evolutionary cultivated tendency,
but the plasticity and responsiveness of our minds is what makes each of us most remarkable and our capability to change can never be underestimated.”

 

From: 20/20 Vision and the Psychology of Willful Blindness

Leave a comment

Filed under Being and Feeling, Knowledge & Wisdom, Lifestyle, Quotations or Citations, Social affairs

It doesn’t mean that people aren’t watching everything you do

Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
Just because you’re not a rock star,
it doesn’t mean that people aren’t paying attention to you.

Just because some psychologist came up with the idea of the spotlight effect,
it doesn’t mean that people aren’t watching everything you do.

~ extract from: Challenge Accepted: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Rock Star
J. Borden

 

1 Comment

Filed under Lifestyle, Quotations or Citations, Reflection Texts, Welfare matters

Ten simple rules to avoid negative effects of social media

Always keep your feet on the ground and do a reality check when encountering messages on the internet. Plus keep everything in perspective.

*

To remember

Social media = the link that links us all in an ever expanding virtual community = much wider, bigger + beyond anyone’s control.

looking at selective best moments of friends, seemingly living better lives => feel low and depressed

Social media has some serious issues and it’s negative effects can’t be ignored. But we can’t avoid it’s use completely.

dependent on it for sharing information + reaching out to wider communities.

can’t avoid using it but definitely can avoid some of it’s negative effects.

ten simple rules to avoid negative effects of social media

Rule #1
Don’t take anything personally

Rule #2
Laugh at yourself

Rule #3
Do not indulge in unnecessary comparisons

Rule #4
There is no such thing as the perfect life

Rule #5
Curb your enthusiasm to share personal information at all cost

Rule #6
Never ever share anything when you’re feeling emotionally charged up

Rule #7
Keep a limit on the time you spend on social media

Rule #8
Use every setting available to minimize distractions

Rule #9
Acknowledge your feelings, even of jealousy and envy

Rule #10
Last but not the least, love your real life more than the virtual

Educated Unemployed Indian

“Distracted from distraction by distraction.”
~ T. S. Eliot

Social media has become the link, the link that links us all in an ever expanding virtual community. A community much wider, bigger and beyond anyone’s control.

It will make you feel popular one moment and deserted the next. It can leave you feeling quite lost if you don’t bring along your only defense-a sense of humour.

“Yet the best determining factor of how comfortable we are with ourselves, is our ability to laugh at ourselves.”
~Wes Adamson

A lot of people are of the opinion that social media tends to make people feel low and depressed. That makes sense; looking at the selective best moments of friends, seemingly living better lives will do that to anyone.

Social media has some serious issues and it’s negative effects can’t be ignored. But we can’t avoid it’s use completely.

We’re…

View original post 1,476 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Fashion - Trends, Knowledge & Wisdom, Lifestyle, Political affairs, Re-Blogs and Great Blogs, Social affairs, Welfare matters, World affairs

The one that exploded the great American story that lay beneath it

 


Trump has not merely, at the behest of his supporters,
disrupted the status quo.
He has exploded the great American story that lay beneath it.
What makes Trump so difficult to write about is that he presents no story.
Like a cubist portrait, he changes your perception of reality by the minute.

~ In The Story Of Trump, There Is No story

 

> Read Here – Columbia Journalism Review

Leave a comment

Filed under Headlines - News, Political affairs, Quotations or Citations, World affairs

Erdogan-fanaten en kritiek op Erdogan

“Erdogan-fanaten die geen commentaar kunnen verdragen zonder te gaan schuimbekken en bijna een woedeaanval krijgen wanneer hun God Erdogan wordt bekritiseerd, zouden zich misschien eens moeten afvragen of Europa nou wel zo’n geschikt continent voor hen is.”

~Nesrin Sahmaran

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Aanhalingen of Citaten, Politieke aangelegenheden

On Arriving Home

In Pursuit of More

Today I sit quietly at home

Allowing it to be my home again,
although it feels somewhat foreign.

View original post 245 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Poetry - Poems, Re-Blogs and Great Blogs

He Becomes a Fool Through His Endless Desire

Eyes of the World

From Carl Jung’s Red Book,

He whose desire turns away from outer things, reaches the place of the soul. If he does not find the soul, the horror of the emptiness will overcome him, and fear will drive him with a whip lashing time and again in a desperate endeavor and a blind desire for the hollow things of the world. He becomes a fool through his endless desire, and forgets the way of the soul, never to find her again.

Lies

Liar

View original post

Leave a comment

Filed under Lifestyle, Political affairs, Re-Blogs and Great Blogs

The Weight of History

Europeans wonder how the percentage would be of people liking and disliking the actions and dignity of the 45th president of the U.S.A.

+

Preceding

Shall the American again being put to the test

Yup

Odd American idea that giving money to political campaigns is free speech

Eyes of the World

A recent nighttime tour of Washington, DC, brought me to the front of the White House, where I paused to take the picture below. The building itself evokes strong feelings about the enormity of the occupant’s duty to the country and to all around the world affected by US policy.

Which, in turn, evokes feelings of disgust at the behavior of the current occupant. I am, by turns, angry, humiliated, and ashamed that this racist, buffoonish blowhard has the privilege of bearing the title he pretends to deserve. And to perform in such a foolish, reckless, and ignorant fashion only ensures that his will go down as the worst presidency in American history.

This is truly the worst America has to offer.

View original post

1 Comment

Filed under Headlines - News, History, Political affairs, Re-Blogs and Great Blogs

Odd American idea that giving money to political campaigns is free speech

1 Comment

Filed under Headlines - News, Lifestyle, Pictures of the World, Political affairs, Re-Blogs and Great Blogs

Yup

3 Comments

Filed under Cartoon, Political affairs, Re-Blogs and Great Blogs