Lindsay Dodgson, provided by Published 8:05 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Victoria Chudinova / Shutterstock Some people seem to have been born with confidence. But it's something most people have to learn over time. According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, if you always worry about what other people think first, you're not self-confident. It can also be hard to work out if you actually have confidence. Some people are highly skilled at putting on a self-assured front, which can mask their deeper insecurities. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Supreme Court Weighs Online Sales Tax Collection Associated Press Instagram Launches New 'Focus' Portrait Mode Wibbitz FBI Raided Office of President Trump's Personal Lawyer Veuer Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimonies Won’t Lead to Major Changes at Facebook Fortune FOX Business Beat: Volkswagen logo change; Target debuts drive-through Fox5DC Facebook Live Celebrates 3.5 Billion … [Read more...] about A psychologist says this is the one simple way to tell if you’re insecure or self-confident
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At SXSW 2018, I was invited to take part in a four-day immersive story experience called a SimuLife. Mounted by the Austin-based creative lab Interactive Deep Dive, SimuLife is meant to blur the line between fantasy and reality by letting me interact with the story as part of daily life. It’s like David Fincher’s movie The Game, executed in the real world. Other than those broad edicts, I wasn’t given any advance information about the experience. I’m documenting my journey through the story — wherever it leads. The story starts with Part 1: I’m a transdimensional dopplegänger. My four-day story adventure ended with a rave on Tuesday morning, after I blew up Cooter & Cooter’s acquisition of OpenMind in a protestor-filled press conference. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that the story wasn’t entirely finished. After all the meetings, scheming, and dimension-hopping, Bishop was still on the loose, able to wreak havoc … [Read more...] about I sacrificed myself to save two worlds
On a rainy night two years ago, the rapper Dessa pulled over on the side of the road to take a call. The name of a man she had dated on and off for years flashed across caller ID; they weren’t dating any longer, but the sight of his name still inspired a “full bloom of feeling” in her chest. She picked up. He had called about nothing important. After hanging up, she felt deflated, then furious with herself. “I asked myself, what exactly had you been hoping would happen?” she says. “Were you expecting him to be parked behind you with a bouquet?” Such an action would make no sense, and she knew it. “Why can’t you stop hoping? What would it take for you to fucking let go?” A writer as well as a musician — her essay collection My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love will be published this fall — Dessa had long turned to philosophers, writers, and poets like Bertrand Russell, … [Read more...] about The rapper Dessa scanned her brain to fall out of love
English filmmaker Alex Garland has the right to demonstrate a bit of creative ego. After finding success with his debut novel The Beach at age 26, he moved to screenwriting, scripting the genre favorites 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd. He seamlessly transitioned to directing with Ex Machina, a cerebral, thought-provoking look at artificial intelligence, personal agency, and what it means to be human. But at a Beverly Hills interview about his newest film, Annihilation, he came across as confident but surprisingly humble. He characterizes his successes as the result of creative collaboration — a far cry from the solitary writing that launched his career. Adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name, Annihilation follows a biologist named Lena (Natalie Portman) who joins a group of woman on an excursion to a mysterious place called Area X, which may be experiencing a disruption of alien origin. Like Ex Machina before it, it’s a thoughtful, disturbing film … [Read more...] about Annihilation director Alex Garland on using sci-fi to explore self-destruction
This is part of our Road Trip 2017 summer series "The Smartest Stuff," about how innovators are thinking up new ways to make you — and the world around you — smarter. I lean back against the gray, microfiber-lined cushions inside an egg-shaped pod, and prop my feet on the matching footrest. Black headphones fit snugly over my ears as a spa concierge taps on a Samsung tablet mounted beside me."This meditation dome is your personal retreat," the screen reads. "It is a space to calm your senses, relieve stress and align your mind and body."Exactly what I need. The concierge lowers an illuminated white dome over my body, making me feel like I'm inside a cocoon. I can see my feet peeking out from under the pod, warding off any sense of claustrophobia. The dome is bathed in a soft light from the LEDs, which glow bright green (a color that "stimulates inner peace," according to the brochure).A woman's soothing voice tells me to close my eyes. "Take the brief pause … [Read more...] about Try this meditation tech to fight tech stress. Seriously.