+  2022-11-27 14:12

Where does this voguish idea of everyone becoming a glamorous and fun #entrepreneur come from? Sorry, but:

1) most people are not born with the #DNA required to run a business;

2) while being an entrepreneur adds a lot of positive nouns to your life, like “#freedom”, “creation” and “#meaning”… the package also includes “jealousy”, “discrimination”, “#stress”, “disappointment”, “responsibility” and “cash flow management”.

OK, the “responsibility” is for the non-psychopaths among us. 😂

 +  2022-09-05 16:08

“How Emotions Are Made“ is yet another weird book with a promising title, written by @LFeldmanBarrett for someone without knowledge of science, its methods or branches. Possibly for those of us who skipped biology in school and haven’t read anything about neuroscience ever since?

The message of the book: we don’t know what, where or how #emotions are made. But, the author has a hypothesis, much in line with current fashion: emotions are constructed by #culture (nurture), because languages around the world differ in how they describe them.

The author follows up with a mishmash of contradictions like:

• “We can’t locate the origin of emotions in the brain”, but we know there’s an “interoceptive network.”

• “#Stress doesn’t come from the outside world. You construct it.” But, a few pages later, “fasting and gut flora very much influences our emotions”… so, I suppose, something coming from the outside world?

Any practical advice?

Sure. Construct happy thoughts (even when bombed in a war zone), inherit good genes and real estate, cook healthy food, take a walk in a democracy, keep an FSC-certified #gratitude journal and, of course, #meditate!

This book might have been titled “Science Doesn’t Know How Emotions are Made — But babies learn to name and classify emotions from their caregivers… whose vocabulary size correlates with babies’ emotional granularity, #EQ or whatever you want to call it…

…as long as it’s not essentialist, oh, and our #lifestyle constructs our emotional worlds, like, being poor in a high-crime neighborhood is bad for you, did you know that?”

Worse, the self-contradictory opus is written in a cringe-worthy, kill-joy #style of “Get ready for that twist I mentioned at the beginning of the chapter”.

But mine’s just an opinion of a #trilingual who’d “culturally constructed” 3 variants of each of his emotions.

Augmented by the professional “emotional granularity” of a film director.

And someone who should’ve Google Scholared the author’s publications before reading this book… to skip it altogether. 🤦🏻‍♂️

 +  2020-08-14 17:29

Feelings of #stress and #anxiety may depend not just on the neurons in our brains but the mitochondria inside our cells. And exercise may be the best thing you can do for your mitochondria.

A good overview in @QuantaMagazine :…

 +  2020-07-01 05:48

The correlation between the level of #neuroticism and the level of #stress tolerance allows you to put someone in a stressful situation, observe their reaction and deduct their neuroticism predominance. Easy to learn about the people you plan to live / work with.

 +  2015-06-09 12:20

Less downtime on #film set (zoom instead of prime, no actor marks, 360° lighting, multi-cam, hourly dailies) = less #stress, money, fatigue.

 +  2014-10-21 07:57

#Train not until you get things right, but until you can’t get them wrong. Under #stress, you’ll fall back to conditioned #training level.

 +  2013-09-09 10:40

Radical #science. #Stress is good, if you think it is (or if it’s a byproduct of #meaning):… But what about cortisol?


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