What Makes You, You? The Puzzle of Personality Traits

What Makes You, You? The Puzzle of Personality Traits

Have you ever wondered how you develop the personality which is an integral part of your identity? What inspires you to be who you are right now? Maybe you traditionally answered, I am like my dad or mom, I inspire by my teacher or a celebrity’s struggle and life story motivated my personality trait. Psychologists like to talk about our traits or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But psychologists like Brian Little, a Cambridge professor and the personality analyst, is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Read More …

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, while working on my assignment, I was analysing my previous year student classwork task (I usually take snaps of my classroom activities and students’ performance to later show them to parents in PTMs). I found a student note in which he asked me a series of questions about the question I asked during the session of Crusades. I smile for a moment because all of a sudden, the whole school term just flashed into my eyes, reminding how different and curious today’s generation are. I wonder, what makes them question the question or even question the reason?  Is it something student’s way to explore reasons for the reason or it’s just a time-killing strategy? Read More …

Why Do We Get So Attached to The Movie’s Fictional Characters?

Why Do We Get So Attached to The Movie’s Fictional Characters?
By Ahmad Amirali

I recently watch Marvel’s latest Avengers: Endgame with my friends. I like the storyline, and all the action sequences, above all the Marvel’s characters, are grouped up in this movie. We all know that the Endgame is the last movie of its Avenger’s franchise, and it is evident pretty much in every scene of the film. Many lead characters are now dead or getting old, which gave us the impression that the future marvel world will now in the hands of new generations of heroes. However, I am not writing this article to provide you with my reflections about the Endgame movie. Instead, I observed people’s reaction during the end credits of the film. Everybody was like crying or waiting for the after credits clip, that usually included in the MCU movies since 2008. The audience’s emotional behaviour made me read some researchers and ask this question, why do we get so attached to the movie’s fictional characters? Read More …

The Art of Metaphors and Similes

The Art of Metaphors and Similes

We humans often use examples to convey our thoughts to other people. Examples help us better articulate our thoughts and make sense to others and the majority of times we use metaphoric language in our conversations. Why we use metaphors and how it helps us and others to understand any idea or thought better.

Jane Hirshfield explains how do metaphors help us better understand the world? And, what makes a good metaphor? She explores these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg, who have mastered the art of bringing a scene or emotion to life. Read More …

Why Do We Get Mad at People for No Reason?

Why Do We Get Mad at People for No Reason?
By Ahmad Amirali

There are instances in our lives when we get so much angry that we sometimes forget every single ethics of our lives. As a result of which we ended up in guilt for our entire lives.  Being a teacher, I also experience this behaviour in my students during my sessions. At first, I always blame my lesson plan for being bored or not engaging enough for my students. However, after reading handful of studies, couple of, or I can more than 10s of, counselling session with students and their parents I concluded that not always teacher’s lesson plan is held responsible for students’ irritated behaviour. The question is what makes so much turbulent on anyone, or with our loved ones, that we hurt them so badly because of our attitude? Read More …

Silence Vs Sound: Does Study with Sound Is More Effective Than Study in Silence?

Silence Vs Sound: Does Study with Sound Is More Effective Than Study in Silence?
By Ahmad Amirali

Today, I become a part of a discussion, or rather an argument, at my workplace. The topic of our debate was does working in silence would help to complete the assigned task more effectively rather than working with some sound or music. Well, the discussion ended with no conclusion, but this discourse reminded me of my class of 2015 where one student always wears earphones whenever she was given classwork or an activity task. At first that behaviour irritates me, but upon asking, she said ‘Sir, wearing earphones and listening music helps me concentrate on the task’. So the question is, does study with Sound is more effective than Study in Silence? Read More …

Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies

Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies
By Ahmad Amirali

Nowadays, more teenagers are facing anxiety issues rather any other age group. Majority of the reasons are related to their transitional period from adolescence to teenage. It is then teens start having their mood swings and feeling pressured (Previous article: Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after ten years? Causes and Preventive Measures). First of all, parents and teenagers, it important to know that all teens experience some amount of anxiety at times. It is, in fact, a normal response to stress, and sometimes it helps teens to deal with tense or devastating situations. Things like public speaking, final exams, significant athletic competitions, or even going out on a date might cause feelings of uneasiness among teens. Anxiety attack may include from elevating heartbeat to the intense urge of crying-, depends upon the severity of the situation. However, for some teens, these episodic restless events might become a lifelong disability which later affects their relationship and social order of their lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 25% of 13- to 18-year-olds have an anxiety disorder, and just under 6% have a severe anxiety disorder. Read More …

The Process of Paying Attention to Your Attention

The Process of Paying Attention to Your Attention
By Ahmad Amirali

When I was a kid, I always wonder why our brain pays attention to particular information and us only able to remember some part of the whole bunch of data. How our mind processes this information, how it decides what is important to remember and what is not.  These questions still haunt me, even my students sometimes questioned me ‘sir, I was trying hard to pay attention to today’s lesson, but I couldn’t understand a word you said’ while the rest of the class always have different opinion compare to that student who was not attentive during class sessions.

Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power, Jha says, but some simple techniques can boost it. “Pay attention to your attention,” Jha says. Read More …