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Dunning-Kruger Effect – a psychological term referring to the instance of people of low ability having the cognitive bias of believing they are more intelligent than others because they can’t understand their own limits and other’s strengths.

I’ve seen this in life, but didn’t know there was a term for it.

Shakespeare described it as follows:

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”
As You Like It

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by Scott Adams

Confirmation bias: the tendency to believe new information supports your worldview despite facts to the contrary
 

Word of the Week

Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 10.21.47 AMnappuccino: noun. The practice of first sipping some coffee or caffeinated beverage and then taking a power nap in the afternoon. According to Daniel Pink on PBS’ Newshour, this practice packs a one, two punch. You get to snooze, but you don’t lose because the caffeine kicks in and you actually wake up in 20 minute or so.

If you want to see Daniel Pink explain and also describe his book When, which teaches people how to better allocate their time for energy and productivity — and safety, click here.

“What’s this about safety?” you ask. Pink reports that people who have medical procedures in the afternoon are far more likely to suffer from healthcare workers’ mistakes.

 

Word of the Week

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By Dani Dipirro, 2016

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.

I love this word that’s new to me. I found an audio book entitled “The Little Book of Hygge” at the library by accident. I’m listening to it now and will write a review once I’m finished. For now, take a look at the images below. These are the photos that a search on Flickr.com for hygge.

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Notice all the candles and sheep

Below is an infographic that shows the elements of hygge.

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Word of the Week

Orthorexia nervosa – eating disorder when a person is obsessed with only eating an extreme healthy diet.

I saw an article in the Jakarta Post describing this condition. So eating vegan or only raw foods can become an obsession and lead to serious health problems.

So a little wheat or chocolate ain’t necessarily bad.

Words of the Week

I just finished reading Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and have run across several words that aren’t used that much, but have a ring to them. Here are a few:

Vouchsafe: v. to give (something) to someone as a promise or a privilege

Huswife: n. hussy
   I guess now with so many working women, some of which would be hussies, this isn’t needed.

Yare: adj. swift

Forspoke: v. spoke against.

Shakespeare was a genius so he’d have a large vocabulary, but it seems that his audience would have known most of the words he used. Have our vocabularies shrunk? Yes, we use words like computer and telephone, but did they push out words the Bard and his contemporaries knew?