- How do you usually plan long-term goals?
- Which do you prefer, sudden decisions or planned decisions? Why?
- fundamental /fuhn-duh-MEN-tl/
- thyself /thahy-SELF/
- defective /dih-FEK-tiv/
- monologue /MON-uh-lawg/
- weigh up /wey uhp/
[adjective] more important than anything else
We need to start promoting fundamental changes for the society.
To know thyself means knowing your true self and your significance.
[adjective] having a defect or flaw; faulty; imperfect
Don’t use that machine, it’s been defective since last week.
[noun] a long speech by one person
Her monologue was so good that leaves everyone speechless.
[phrasal verb] to think carefully about the advantages or disadvantages of a situation before making a decision
She’s still weighing up her options before she accepts the managerial post.
New research has shown that thinking too much often results in defective decision making. The more people work under pressure, the higher the risk of depression. Thus, the researchers suggested that people should adapt illeism, the act of referring to oneself in the third person instead of first-person.
Ethan Kross, a psychologist, found out that the way people do inner monologues has an effect on their success in life. If a person talks to himself using the pronoun “I”, that person is more likely to perform poorly. On the other hand, addressing oneself in the third person has more chances of accomplishing tasks.
For instance, adopting a third-person point of view while arguing with someone might help you understand the root of the problem. If you are planning to change your job, considering the third-person perspective could help you weigh up the advantages and the risks of the decision more carefully.
Indeed, humans are capable of making wise decisions. In case you are feeling indecisive, talk to yourself in the third-person and you might get surprised by the result.
- What is illeism?
- In the article, what happens to a person who thinks too much?
- Who is Ethan Kross?
- Based on the article, what happens to a person who talks to himself using the pronoun “I”?
- What did the article suggest to people who are uncertain?
- Do you agree that the way people talk to themselves has an effect on their success in life? Please elaborate.
- Do you think talking to oneself in the third-person is effective? Why or why not?
- In your opinion, are humans capable of making wiser decisions? Kindly justify.
- What do you think are the disadvantages of rumination?
- How often should people do self-reflection? Please explain your answer.