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Applied Psychology

Will this tell you if you’re a good person?

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Let’s do a little experiment. I ask you to be completely honest and I promise with no judgment, not a soul will know your answer.

Ready?

Think of this scenario in your head.

Let’s say it’s grocery day.

Your checklist is all crossed out, brown bags are settled, your shopping cart is emptied and you’re ready to go home.

But have you ever caught yourself thinking twice if you’ll return that shopping cart to its designated spot?

Recall… What did your instinct tell you? What was your response?

Whatever you did, it’s just between you and this screen. I asked…


September 8th is for raising awareness and concern for literacy problems

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If you can read and understand this sentence, and know how to communicate in writing, you’re part of this movement to educate and advocate for September 8th is International Literacy Day.

Proclaimed by UNESCO in 1966, they created this day of awareness “To remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.”

All over the globe, there are 773 million adults and young people who lack basic literacy skills. And now, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic heightens this societal malady. …


Why you should pay a virtual visit to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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In a far-flung place in Norway, on a remote mountain on Spitsbergen, 100 km from the North pole, nestled a vault that will save mankind from hunger.

Inaugurated in February 2008, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault or also called the Doomsday Vault is a fortress for the seeds of the world preserved for future generations.

During the first time I saw it on National Geographic; I thought it was some kind of doomsday prepper like conspiracy theory. But the more I tune in, the more I understood its purpose in the history of mankind.

Fast forward today, I suddenly thought…


Why you should try immersion reading

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Bibliophiles can attest that there are two kinds of readers. The physical book readers and ebook readers. I often observe in any book club, may it be an online or actual conversation, this stirs discussion.

Meanwhile, in the sprout of technology, there’s another type of reader that some may say it’s not technically “reading”. It’s the audiobook readers.

Personally, I find debates around this condescending. I believe the way we indulge books should not be a measurement of how well-read you are. Instead, it’s how you use those learnings that made your precious time worthwhile.

Given the abundant idle…


A Filipina Artist Who Painted the World in Colors

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When the world seems dim and chaotic, Google Doodle timely placed a spotlight on Pacita Abad, a Filipina Ivatan artist who disrupted barriers with flying colors.

Pacita Abad (1946–2004), made history as the first woman to receive the Philippines’ prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men award. A recognition that has always been given to men for the last 25 years until today in 1984 where she was vested for the illustrious award.

Supposedly to study law after finishing political science at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1967. She went to the United States, then changed careers and studied painting…


When the act of helping no longer helps

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Few months before the pandemic I was near my breaking point. Everything felt stale and monotonous. On the outside, I appear all smiles, but what people don’t know is I paddle through the murk of emptiness that I can’t seem to fill.

I had to quit working.

Before I submitted my resignation paper, I had a heart to heart talk with my superior who is also a friend. I suddenly felt emotional while talking about life outside of work.

In the middle of sharing my sentiments; I blurted out. “It’s sad, I feel like I’m not me anymore”. …


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Battle your way through procrastination

Let me let you in on a little secret.

Whenever I bump into a productivity slump, I gather my thoughts to this mindset — Today might be my last day.

Morbid as it seems, but for me, it works. You’ll never know when will be the last time you’ll hold someone’s hand, create something, visit somewhere until… it’s just a fragment of nostalgia.

I often notice whenever people talk about someone who passed, it often goes like this:

“We were just planning to take that trip but..”

“I was just talking to him earlier but..”

“I thought I’ll see her…


Why it’s more than your true crime series

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Investigative journalism has been molding societies ever since William Thomas Stead (5 July 1849–15 April 1912) a British newspaper editor introduced it to us.

As the pioneer of Investigative journalism, Stead paved the way to modern tabloid where social issues are being challenged and fought for.

Though W.T Stead lost his life in the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic. His legacy lives on. This branch of journalism stayed afloat as it reaches the masses through different types of media.

The 21st Century was truly a rebirth to the so-called Watchdog journalism.


A true crime story that’s stranger than fiction

In 1884, Taranaki Herald published this news about the chilling tragedy of a crew, commissioned to deliver a yacht to Australia. This is one of the most terrible stories ever told about the destitution and suffering at sea.

Three men and a boy named, Captain Thos Dudley, aged 32; Edwin Stevens, 37; Edward Brooks, 37- a customs collector and Richard Parker, 19 years old. Left Southampton on May 18, 1884, to deliver Mignonette the yacht, for Mr. H. Want.

The hostile weather wrecked the Mignonette leaving them trapped in a lifeboat. Exhausted and famished they sailed idly for twenty…

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