Habits: Theory, Creation, and Removal
8270 words
A comprehensive overview of the literature on habits; covers some theory, how to form them, and how to break them.
Fading Novelty
2226 words
Fading novelty is the fading of excitement as we become accustomed to things. This phenomenon is upstream of issues like mistaking familiarity with comprehension, and the dulling of our attention.
Recognizing vs Generating
1131 words
Two core ways to categorize tasks are Recognizing and Generating. Though they may seem initially similar, they differ in the effort involved. This dichotomy helps explain why some apparent solutions work and others fail.
Good Self-Help Is Self-Defeating
1606 words
Self-help is supposed to get people to stop needing it. But the typical incentives for readership in any medium mean that it's possible to get people dependent on your content, rather than freeing themselves from it.
Concept Space vs Action Space
1304 words
A look into what happens when we mix up descriptive categories with prescriptive ones. Problems from the same category may still have different solutions, and recognizing the similarities is insufficient for a solution.
1780 words
Three principles can improve how we take advice: Accepting the obvious, looking for practical applications, and viewing mental habits as procedural skills.
Insights Over Frameworks
832 words
Give insights over grand theories. It puts the focus on the observations and allows the audience to pick and choose what works for them.
The Heuristic Heuristic
217 words
WIP essay