Unstuck Newsletter #007 (April-08-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is Unstuck.

The only weekly newsletter that will tell you to stop visiting addictive websites that only waste your time (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) and will do everything humanly possible to place a book in your perfectly washed hand.

Last week I asked you, my dearest readers, a couple of questions about what kind of content I should focus on producing in the future. First of all, thank you all for the response! And secondly, it seems like most of you crave content on human psychology and how we can better understand others around us.

Luckily, that’s exactly what I have for you this week.

Last month, I read a fascinating book by Robert Kegan about human evolution and why we build relationships – what they mean to us and why we are so addicted to gaining people’s attention. The book is amazing, extremely difficult to read, and not so popular, but full of eye-opening facts and studies on how humans operate.

But besides writing a summary about it, I was also inspired to write an article where I cover the main theme in a bit more depth.

So, without further ado, let me show you what I have for you this week:

Book Summary:

  • The Evolving Self: To understand yourself and the people around better, you need to figure out where you/they are in the subject-object relationship. By observing human behavior from the moment a child is born, Robert Kagan distinguishes the different stages of human evolution and gives us ways to make sense of what’s happening around. Keep in mind that this summary is longer than usual. 


Weekly Finds:

  • 50 Cognitive Biases in the Modern World: Easy to digest infographic that will walk you through the most common cognitive biases and help you become more self-aware.
  • Saying YES! to your Weirdness: Ask yourself, “Who inspires you in your life?” Then, think what about these guys inspires you the most? JP Sears’s conclusion is that it’s their weirdness that’s so inspirational. Therefore, you must be weird, yourself, if you want to succeed and live a good life. Amazing Ted talk!
  • The “Paper Clip Strategy” for good habits: Wondering how to make your habits stick while you’re at home? Get some paper clips, two jars, and read the article. 

Thank you for making it to the end!

Hope you’re all healthy and safely reading this from the comfort of your homes!

Stay safe!

Ivaylo Durmonski

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