Fight Cognitive Decline with the Internet

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We are bombarded with information about the harmful effect of internet every day. Is it really a Pandora’s Box? Well, recent studies show that it can have beneficial effects on the elderly population. Yes, you heard it right. At an age when the mental faculties starts nosediving, the internet can help them revive their mental functioning.

We are not suggesting that all the seniors should turn tech savvy in order to improve their cognitive skills. Learning a few basic operations like browsing the web and using e-mail for communication are enough to start off. Once the basics are strong, they can move into other platforms such as social media.

 

Not a one stop solution

Though it is not an alternative for medication or homecare, digital literacy can help in reducing the intensity of issues like depression faced by the senior population. This in turn leads to lesser decline in cognitive functioning. It is correlated with improved memory and better handling of everyday tasks.

 

Coping with the Empty nest

When the children leave home for work and education, the parents are mostly left alone. If they are retired people, things can get worse. The probability for the occurrence of loneliness and depression are very significant. In such a scenario, the internet can be fun as well as informative.

 

Old school ties and other benefits

Being able to interact with old friends and family refreshes memory and provides immunity against dementia to a certain extent in most of the aged people. In addition to this, facilities such as online shopping makes life easier for those who find it difficult to travel.

 

To assist the elders in taking steps towards digital literacy, children and grandchildren can take the initiative. It might seem useless and time consuming in the beginning, but remember that your loved ones will be missing out on a lot of fun that is easily accessible to you. It isn’t fair to deny this to them just because they are old.

 

6 signs which suggest that your loved one has a personality disorder

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Personality disorders are characterised by a deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of behaviour of a specified kind, mostly noticed during puberty. It can create long-term difficulties in proper functioning and maintaining relationships. Having to live with a personality disorder or helping a loved one with the disorder can be a challenging job. According to Psychology Today, there are ten total personality disorders, which are divided into three clusters: odd or eccentric disorders; dramatic, emotional or erratic disorders; and anxious or fearful disorders.

Identifying the symptoms in the early stage can help in controlling most disorders and personality disorders are no exception. Here are some pointers to help you identify if there is a problem that is to be attended to.

 

Rising distrust

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A person suffering from personality disorder usually suffers from a constant sense of suspicion. They are more likely to keep hatreds towards others and become too sensitive in seemingly trivial issues and take offence for no apparent reason.

 

Social detachment

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Isolating oneself from the world around is a symptom for some personality disorders. This translates into less social interactions and reduced communication. If you find your friend in such a state for a long period of time, don’t wait till the problem escalates.

I don’t care attitude

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Do you know a friend or a family member who is perennially rude, perpetually unconcerned and not sensitive towards other’s feelings? Think twice before judging him as someone who is difficult to deal with. He/she might be suffering from the antisocial personality disorder. (Well, this can also be just another character trait and not really a disorder, so don’t jump into conclusions about those old uncles).

Passionately in love with themselves

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Loving the self is extremely important and a healthy level of self-esteem is necessary for all of us. However, there are some folks who are too much into themselves. This can be an indicator of narcissistic personality disorder in many cases.

 

Socially handicapped

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Your friend who never goes for a social function and is afraid of meeting people and mingling with them may not be just ‘different’. These symptoms are suggestive of avoidant personality disorder.

 

Obsession with order and detail

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Though it might seem alright and even preferable for someone to be impeccable with minute things, it is not pleasant always. People with Obsessive Compulsive Personality disorder get annoyed and upset if their ordered scheme of things is tampered with. They create inflexible rules for everything and become unable to imagine a life outside it.

 

What is to be done?

If you suspect that your spouse/friend/relative is suffering from a personality disorder, it is very important to be non-judgemental and not to make hasty decisions. Sometimes, they might be going through just an unhappy episode and would recover soon. However, if the conditions prevail and interferes with normal functioning, professional help has to be sought.

Five tips to Excel in Performance Appraisals

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Performance appraisal is perhaps the Damocles’ sword in the corporate world. You may hate it or disapprove of it, but there is no escaping it. All the folks working in the corporate sector out there, this article will enlighten you on this difficult hurdle in career and thereby lighten your worries.

 

Stop seeing it as a threat

Take it as an opportunity. It is not something that will harm you. Understand that it is just a tool for you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and work on improving your skills. Once you start thinking along these lines, you will be able to look at it positively.

 

But don’t take it too lightly

Seeing it as harmless doesn’t imply that you can totally forget that something called performance appraisal exists. Remember that your long term career goals like pay cheque hikes and promotions depends on this.

 

Have a realistic outlook

So what you will need to successfully deal with the appraisal process is a reality-based strategy. You got your job with a lot of effort, so don’t lose it or cause your own de-promotion. The professionals who are there to assess you are humans too. Making them understand your uniqueness in the team is the key.

 

 Highlight the strengths

Instead of worrying about your weak points, focus on your strengths. In an appraisal, highlighting the fact that your strengths weigh over your weaknesses will make your position strong. And you will be seen in terms of your strengths and not weaknesses.

 

Stay calm

Panicking over the appraisal will only make the process worse. When you freak out thinking of the appraisal all the time, you get confused and more and more worried. Yes, the best version of you is the confident you.

The Ordinary Miracles of Positive Self Fulfilling Prophecy

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Wondering what sort of a thing it is, well, it isn’t as complicated as it may sound. We all do this in our daily life. Let me tell you how it works. Your English teacher tells you that your essays are very good and you are most likely to win the interschool competition. You internalise the prediction, attempts the competition and wins it. Seems ordinary? Self-fulfilling prophecy is when you believe in the prediction of something and that eventually happens. Yes, your belief makes the difference!

 

The power within

Expectations and prophecies about you have an immense power to boost things. There is no mystery involved in the working of self-fulfilling prophecy. The power to change the future is vested in your own hands. Positive self-fulfilling prophecy is also known as the Pygmalion effect. The underlying factor that provides strength to live up to the expectations is the expectations themselves. Interesting, right?

 

Positive feedback

The concept of positive self-fulfilling prophecy is most evident in the academic realm. In some experiments, it was proved that students for whom the teachers had a positive expectation performed considerably well as opposed to their counterparts. However, there was nothing special about these students and they were just randomly chose. Still their performances varied based on the level of expectation on them.

 

At workplace

Positive feedback plays a major role in other areas too. In the work environment, if your manager or boss predicts something positive for you, chances of you internalising it and acting as if it is already happening is very high. So, always remember that a compliment of yours can make someone more productive!

 

The other side of the coin

There is another side to self-fulfilling prophecy. The demerits of negative self-fulfilling prophecy are equally powerful. If someone else is prophesying a grim future for you, there are chances for you eventually end up there. So the point is, give the people around you an opportunity to reach their optimum level of functioning.