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If you have a bully boss, coworker or client, the problem is not yours. It’s hers. People that belittle others at work suffer from low self-esteem (1)(2), and personality disorders. They aren’t brave enough to own their own problems. That’s why they need to look for a scapegoat.

Being bullied in the workplace affects approximately 11 percent of workers. Emotional and psychological consequences of workplace bullying may include increased mental distress, sleep disturbances, fatigue in women and lack of vigor in men, depression and anxiety, adjustment disorders, and even work-related suicide (3).

If you are the victim of a bully…


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Your brain weights 1198 grams if you are a woman, 1336 grams if you are a man. This difference is due to difference in body size, and doesn’t translate into more intelligence. By the way, you are losing 2.7grams of brain weigh per year. Women just 2.2 grams (1)

Your brain makes up 2% of your total weight, but consumes 20% of the energy your body needs (2). When you were a baby, your brain consumed 50% of that energy (3). …


(And How So Many Workplaces Became Toxic)

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On 13. Sept. 1970 Milton Friedman published an article in the New York Times. It expressed an idea that since has been the official mantra of the eCorporate World:

“The goal of a company is to maximize money for shareholders”

In the name of this mantra, a lot of bad things had been done. To comply with it, ENRON falsified financial statements, and rating companies have granted “A” ratings to bad investments. …


On 13. Sept. 1970 Milton Friedman published an article in the New York Times. It expressed an idea that since has been the official mantra of the Corporate World:

“The goal of a company is to maximize money for shareholders”

In the name of this mantra, a lot of bad things had been done. To comply with it, ENRON falsified financial statements, and rating companies have granted “A” ratings to bad investments. …


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Curiosity makes you look forward to learning, improves the memory process and turns learning into a pleasant activity.

Curiosity is a hunger for learning

When hunger strikes it turns on the brain reward circuit. Our body detects the shortage of nutrients and initiates the hungry feeling. In that moment, it is necessary to satisfy it. When we eat, the brain reward circuit secretes dopamin and we feel good. So next time we feel hunger we will now exactly what to do to restore our well-beign: eat.

The brain reward circuit (BRC) was made to ensure our existence not just as…


Team work is not always the best approach to get things done.

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Team work capacity is one of the most sought-after traits in today’s marketplace, but very few companies really work in teams. Think about yourself: Do you normally work with 3 to 6 people together to solve a problem? or instead, your boss takes a problem, divide it into pieces, and give one piece to each worker to solve?

I bet you are more likely in the second group. In this case, the boss takes a lot of pressure, because all the coordination, quality control and time management goes through him or her. She or he is responsible for the output…


If you are between 40 and 50 you have a 26% chance to suffer it.

In 1976 Daniel Levinson coined the concept “Midlife Crisis” on his book “Seasons of a Man’s Life “(1). This term has led to controversy since then in part because of the limitations of Levinson’s own research: His work was based on observations from interviews and not on controlled scientific settings. Furthermore, it’s difficult to say what percentage of people are affected, because the concept is difficult to delimit. E. Wethington, for example, points out that it affects a 26% of the population. In her research, the mean age to suffer this crise was 46 (2).

Nevertheless many psychology professionals, including…


Cómo los inconformistas son la mejor baza para el éxito a largo plazo de una empresa.

La línea más corta

En un famoso experimento llevado a cabo por el psicólogo estadounidense Solomon Asch en 1951, se preguntó a una serie de personas si una línea dibujada en una pizarra era más larga, igual o más corta que otra. La respuesta se daba en voz alta y en grupo. A pesar de la obviedad de la respuesta, todas las personas daban la respuesta errónea a propósito siguiendo instrucciones del psicólogo. …


How nonconformists are the best chance for a company to long term success.

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In a famous experiment carried out by american psychologist Solomon Ash in 1951, people were asked if a drawn line on a blackboard was longer, equal or shorter than another one. The answer was given aloud and in the presence of the rest of the participants. Despite the obvious answer, everyone gave the wrong answer following the psychologist´s instructions. …


A través del cambio físico y psicológico hay una salida al estrés crónico.

El estrés es una respuesta biológica necesaria. Si te enfrentas a un incendio y tu vida depende de tus acciones en los próximos dos segundos, no tienes tiempo para tomar una decisión racional. Es por eso que la corteza prefrontal de tu cerebro, donde tiene lugar el pensamiento racional, se apaga y toda la acción pasa a tu amígdala. Su trabajo es prepararte para reaccionar automáticamente huyendo, peleando o dejándote paralizado. La primera y la segunda respuesta parecen lógicas. …

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