The power of introverts

This is a TED talk Susan Cain gave on introverts and how they are often overlooked, especially in the workplace, as extroverted behavior has become the cultural norm. As an introvert myself– and I know there are others who write for this blog who are introverts as well– this talk was enlightening and helped me understand those tendencies toward solitude a little better.

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Freud, Rilke, and some rambling thoughts on choice

“The poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious; what I discovered was the scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied.” – Sigmund Freud

In the last half of the 19th century, an Austrian doctor with a penchant for smoking cigars did something remarkable. He shocked the medical community by saying that most of our behaviors were not a matter of conscious choice but were a result of the unconscious, a vast reservoir of memories, repressed feelings, and desires that were the actual motives to our behaviors.
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