Best of Web – 13th Feb 2016

Here’s the list of best articles I’ve read this week. Some of the learning were profoundly interesting. The highlights are

  • Don’t count on your Facebook friends, when you need them.
  • Some myths about habit change.
  • Getting angry is in our nature.
  • You don’t have to eat salads to loose weight (perfectly alights with my philosophy & psychology).
  • We need to use scientific evidence to teach the teacher, NOW !!!

Most of your Facebook friends couldn’t care less about you

In the real world, people can only maintain about 150 stable relationships. For his latest research, Dunbar analysed UK study of 3,375 Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 65. On average, folks had 150 followers but said that they could only count on 4.1 of them during an “emotional crisis,” and only 13.6 ever express sympathy.

Five myths about our habits

Each year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Here are five of the most common myths about how habits are formed and how they can be changed.

  • A lack of willpower is to blame for our bad habits.
  • Apps can help us change our behavior.
  • It takes 21 days to form a new habit.
  • The best way to change a habit is to set realistic goals.
  • Learning about the benefits of new habits helps change our behavior.

Your Brain Is Hardwired to Snap

  • Violent behavior is often the result of the clash between the modern world and the evolutionary hardwiring of our brains—and that, unless we understand its triggers, we are all capable of snapping.
  • When you look at the subject of aggression there is no more important factor than gender. Something like 90 percent of the people in prison for violent crimes are men. Men have different brains than women, which comes from our different roles during evolution, when the brain was formed.
  • We have the same brain we had 100,000 years ago. But we’re now in a really different environment and these circuits of rage and protection get set off inappropriately by situations in the modern world that didn’t exist when our brains were formed.
  • If you are a young individual not fitting into society—and failing—you will find a group that will accept you. Many terrorists are fundamentally misfits.
  • Stress is often a major factor in snapping.

We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers

The report finds that out of 48 texts used in teacher-training programs none accurately described fundamental evidence-based teaching strategies comprehensively. Only 15 percent had more than a single page devoted to evidence-based practices; the remainder contained either zero or only a few sentences on methods that have been backed up by the decades of scientific findings that exist in the field of educational psychology.

17 Things That Actually Helped Me Lose 85 Pounds

You don’t have to eat salads every day to lose weight.(and go to the GYM)
Hi! I’m Arielle. Between May 2015 and now, I’ve lost 85 pounds, dropped five sizes, ran a 10K, and learned a ton about healthy lifestyle changes.

Mrugank Patel
mrugank.patel@gmail.com