Psychology

11 Things I’ve learned Dealing with Con Artists

 

If you live in Baltimore, you have to be street smart (or any other urban city for that matter). People are constantly testing you, so you have to watch yourself. And in my opinion, I think you have to apply this type good judgement to your life anywhere you live. It’s a form of social protection.

 

A lot of people ask, “Well, what is street smart? Well, according to the webster’s dictionary, Streetsmart simply means, having the shrewd awareness, experience, and resourcefulness needed for survival in a difficult, often dangerous urban environment. You can learn how to be book smart, but being street smart is a different kind of intelligence. No one learns how to be street smart in the classroom. You won’t become street savvy while sitting at your computer and reading this article. Going through certain situations, and being confronted by different kinds of people, all make you street smart.

 

“Living in the city requires just as much survivals skills (if not more) as living in the jungle.”

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“Grandmothers Make You Fat”

Many people believe they could improve their lives if only they had more of that mysterious thing called willpower. With more self-control we would all eat better, exercise regularly, avoid drugs and alcohol, stop procrastinating, and achieve all sorts of noble goals.

But To Tell The Truth, Will power is a Weak Mental Force.

Will power might sound like the super hero of resolve, but it’s actually a fallible contender. “When you’re trying to stick to a New Year’s Resolution, you can forget about relying on willpower,” says Alex Lickerman, assistant vice president for Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Chicago, and author of The Undefeated Mind (HCI, 2012).       “The more you use it, the more fatigued it becomes.”

Take my life for example…….. I had a deep conversation with my doctor regarding my lack of self control.

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Why Comparing Is Not Always A Bad Thing.

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Yesterday, my grandmother and I got into a big debate about comparing yourself to others. I honestly told her, “Yes, I compare!” and she looked at me with this crazy look and said, “I don’t compare myself to others! I’m in comparison with myself.”  I responded, “You don’t compare yourself to others? Of course you do. We all do. It’s part of human nature. We are called “the comparing creatures.” And even though you can’t admit to doing it, you still do it, without even being aware.

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