All posts tagged: Psychology

Depression: Just because you can’t see someone’s pain, doesn’t make it any less real

The truth is, depression is not rooted in tangible reality, it is not logical or objective. How someone appears on the outside doesn’t adequately capture their internal reality and state. Depression is subjective and complex, but it is someone’s reality nonetheless. People are often fixated with the “why”. They try to understand the reasons behind someones depression, asking questions like “Why do you feel depressed?” and saying things like “A lot of people have it a lot worse!”. The thing is, depression is not rooted in logic. As Stephen Fry aptly put it “There’s no reason. If there were a reason for it, you could reason someone out of it, and you could tell them why they shouldn’t take their own life.” The way we talk about and treat people can have a significant impact on their well being. Invalidating someones feelings can actually make them feel worse so be kind and empathetic always, even though you may not understand their why.

How do you Fascinate Others?

I have always been intrigued by personality tests so when I heard about Sally Hogshead’s Fascination Advantage test, I was instantly curious. The Fascination Advantage test is the first science-based personality brand assessment test. The test reveals how your personality adds distinct value and determines your fascination triggers. In the context of a flailing job market, a rapidly growing population, and a society that is more educated than ever before, our lives are becoming fiercely competitive. To compound this issue, the rapid dissemination of information and multitude of media channels in the digital age has ensued in another problem – diminishing attention spans. According to Sally Hogshead, our attention span now lasts a mere 9 seconds – equivalent to that of a gold fish. In a competitive and distracting world, it has become of particular importance for us to understand what it is about us that sets us apart from everyone else? What exactly is it about us that fascinates others? In the context of marketing, what is our unique value proposition? I took to Hogshead’s Fascination test to …