Inspirational TED Talks

 If weakness is speculated, deny it. If weakness is known, spin it. If it is directly observed, dismiss it. Should it look profitable, leverage it for status in the victimhood hierarchy.

The Danger of Hiding Who You Are (Morgana Bailey)

The trick to dealing with psychopaths lies in possessing a full awareness of the conditionality of the transaction, for they are scant in sentiment.

Your Elusive Creative Genius (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Being charming is the result of happiness or success, not of virtue. It is amusing that people oft fail to make this distinction, they conflate charm with virtue. As a matter of prudence, the more charming, the more dangerous.

7 Rules for Making More Happiness (Stefan Sagmeister)

Not knowing what a psychopath wants from you is equivalent to operating within a perpetually detonating flashbang. If you cannot discern what they want, cease dealings.

How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative (Tim Harford)

Whether you realize it or not, the powerful are always testing, always evaluating. They yield milligrams of respect only to those who consistently pass their evaluations; a fluke of success will not earn you their respect, it’ll get you a glance.

Do not trust those who overwhelm you with questions. They may simply be very curious, but it is more likely they are searching for dents in your armor. The line between curiosity and interrogation is thin, and people do not wear uniforms.

Keep Your Goals to Yourself (Derek Sivers)

Real victims suffer in silence, posers pretending to be victims do so to gain money and status. Be wary of “loud victims” they are almost always playacting.

A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit (Judson Brewer)

People don’t want to be betrayed, but most will betray if it suits them to; the standard of morality people demand of others is higher than that which they demand of themselves. The coldest psychopath will demand the deepest altruism and the most devout loyalty, beware cultishness then.