Why are we obsessed with labelling?

From ethnic identity to sexual preference, political leaning, dietary needs and everything in between, humans are highly skilled at creating and using labels as cognitive shortcuts in an attempt to understand one another. On the surface, it may seem relatively harmless to categorize people via the use of labels, right? On one hand, it could be argued that labelling is a helpful social filtering tool … Continue reading Why are we obsessed with labelling?

The case for randomizing our lives

There’s something to be said for routine. Take a generalized work week as an example. For many, it’s the classic: wake up, get ready for work, go to work, work, come home from work, (insert post work activity of choice – hit the gym, family dinner, socialize with friends, etc.) go to bed and repeat. For the most part, it’s predictable. It’s comfortable. It’s efficient … Continue reading The case for randomizing our lives

What’s wrong with the early retirement dream

Early retirement. On the surface, it’s sold as a shiny gateway to unadulterated freedom, leisure and fulfillment. What’s not to love? “I want to travel the world”, “I’ll never set my alarm again” or “I’ll spend my days posted up at the beach, margarita in hand” are common musings I hear when this topic comes up in conversation. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the early … Continue reading What’s wrong with the early retirement dream

Give up saying always and never

Years ago, I listened to Daniel Gilbert, a psychology researcher at Harvard University, share his findings from a survey study of over 19,000 people which looked at the change in one’s personality and values over time. Some survey participants were asked to look back on how they had changed over the past 10 years. Others were asked to predict how they thought they would change in … Continue reading Give up saying always and never

The dark side of consumerism in healthcare

In the U.S., the consumer rules. You want “free”, next day delivery on a pair of pants? You get it. Refund on a more than gently used product you’ve had for 90 days because you aren’t 100% satisfied? You get that, too. U.S. consumers demand convenience, efficiency and low costs, and consumers expect companies to bend over backwards to accommodate their needs. What’s interesting is, … Continue reading The dark side of consumerism in healthcare

The question you shouldn’t be asking: where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Have you either asked or received this question lately: “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” If so, you’ve probably envisioned the perfect scenario: the asker invites you to share what your life plan is for the next 5 years and you enthusiastically respond with a clearly articulated vision of what a bright future looks like. You then dazzle them with an overarching plan … Continue reading The question you shouldn’t be asking: where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Are there hidden dangers in hashtagging?

For many, I suspect shift + 3, you know, creating a hashtag, comes naturally. I, however, fumble over the basic how-to’s and why’s of hashtagging unless of course it’s #alengthyinsidejoke that ironically conveys my deep lack of understanding about this social media phenomenon. Despite my struggles, I created a Twitter account for professional purposes as a means to share information about various projects I am … Continue reading Are there hidden dangers in hashtagging?