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Rewarding Life May Be Counter-Productive When Rewards Undermine Habits

A new friend of mine recently asked “how do you translate ‘rewarding’ into German?” I found it was fascinating that this was difficult to answer. We had been talking (and continue to talk) about how language and culture are closely … Continue reading Continue reading

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Delusions of Grandeur

Wikipedia.org has two articles that seem somewhat related — one is about “delusions of grandeur”, the other is about “grandiosity”. From the latter: A distinction is made between individuals exhibiting grandiosity, which includes a degree of insight into their unrealistic … Continue reading Continue reading

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Unternehmungslustig

“Unternehmungslustig” is a German word for which there does not seem to be a semantically close English equivalent. It is a mixture of “adventurous”, “enterprising”, “thrill-seeking”, “fun-loving” and perhaps also some other concepts. One reason why this word might not … Continue reading Continue reading

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Little Bitty Digital Fantasy

Closing a door behind him, the author prepares for a little change of pace…. It will be an experiment — an experiential quasi-essay, a window to a different space, one of fantastic cyber-surrealism. Approaching the entrance, he sticks out his … Continue reading
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The Harvard Business Review Ideacast reporter Sarah Green interviews Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center of WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, who cites Mary Blair-Loy’s “work-devotion schema”, thereby emphasizing the central role of devotion in the meaning of life, which I wrote about several months ago

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: [T]he work devotion schema, [Mary Blair-Loy] found, communicated that work should be the central focus of your life, unencumbered by family responsibilities; that it entailed overlays of deep emotional ties with your work; that … Continue reading
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