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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


When we drive a two wheeler in a busy road, our eyes will be on the road to see the vehicles coming in front of us. At the same time we will be thinking of something connected with the future or the past. Similarly a car driver, drives the car, his foot goes to the break as soon as he sees a vehicle or a pedestrian in front of his car. He may be smoking a cigarette or attending a phone call in his mobile or hearing the day’s news or music in the radio. Such scenes are very common in our day-to-day life. This is the ability of every individual to do two or more things simultaneously or simply called as multi-tasking.
We all generally know that the brain can attend to only one task at a given point of time. Reading a book or magazine or seeing TV or hearing music while eating breakfast or lunch is the habit of many in the modern world. Why do people multi-task? It is said that there is no time. So we force our brain to attend more than one task at a time. How far such activity affects our life in the long run is a question no one bothers much. Still, we all muti task in some way or the other.
I feel that multi-tasking once practiced properly it continues to be a habit and no danger is envisaged. The brain is flexible to help the individual to do more than one task at a time with ease. These multi taskers do commit mistakes like petty accidents to big accidents some times. However they do not bother much because accidents even otherwise can occur.
Multi-tasking has become inevitable in today’s fast paced life. It could take a toll on our health, leading to conditions like short-term memory loss, weight gain and sometimes even death. In spite of knowing all these, women at home while cooking, multi-task a lot, keeping a cell phone between shoulder and ear, cutting vegetables, allowing the milk to boil in the stove, keeping the tap to run and fill the bucket asking the children to take bath…etc. Oh! The tasks are endless. If you want to know, you may watch at your home how the grand-mother or mother or sister performs the household works. You can list them. It is a wonderful exercise these women have practiced and good at it although sometimes they commit a mistake or two.

Various gadgets are available in the markets that help to multi-task in our day-to-day life. Washing machines, gas stoves, laptops / tablets, smart phones / i-phones and i-pods are some of the gadgets promote multitasking. I too browse websites while hearing music or news. It gives little pleasure in doing the task. Also a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine while reading a newspaper or net-browsing is great! Some say: “Doing one thing at a time and focusing on that alone is absolutely out of question.” Thus multitasking has become a part of life. The human can, at the most, focus on only two things at a time. There could be chaos if we try to do more than two things together. I disagree with this statement because every one of us directly or indirectly multi task every day. In general, the tasks are more than two! The fact is that multitasking affects focus. Brain has a cognitive limit. It performs better when tasks are done in a sequential manner than all at once. A multi tasker rushes at all times. Mono tasking is the best solution but multitasking is the one preferred by everyone today. So I think human beings are evolving and attaining super power!


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1. Multiple, strong arguments: The more arguments, the more persuasive, but overall persuasive messages should be balanced, as two-sided arguments are better than their one-sided equivalents (as long as counter-arguments are shot down).

2. Relevance: Persuasive messages should be personally relevant to the audience. If not, they will switch off and fail to process it.

3. Universal goals: In creating your message, understand the three universal goals for which everyone is aiming: affiliation, accuracy and positive self-concept.

4. Likeability: Ingratiating yourself with the audience is no bad thing—most successful performers, actors, lawyers and politicians do it. Likeability can be boosted by praising the audience and by perceived similarity. Even the most fleeting similarities can be persuasive.

5. Authority: People tend to defer to experts because it saves us trying to work out the pros and cons ourselves.

6. Attractiveness: The physical attractiveness of the source is only important if it is relevant (e.g. when selling beauty products).

7. Match message and medium: One useful rule of thumb is: if the message is difficult to understand, write it; if it's easy, put it in a video.

8. Avoid forewarning: Don't open up saying "I will try and persuade you that..." If you do, people start generating counter-arguments and are less likely to be persuaded.

9. Go slow: If the audience is already sympathetic, then present the arguments slowly and carefully (as long as they are relevant and strong). If the audience is against you then fast talkers can be more persuasive.

10. Repetition: whether or not a statement is true, repeating it a few times gives the all-important illusion of truth. The illusion of truth leads to the reality of persuasion.


The expression of our truth is an ancient action through which we actually discover our place in the world; the true shape of our being and our individuality. It is how we create firm boundaries, and allows others to know who we are and what we value. Because we are beings of discourse, of speech, and because we live in a world of constant communication, the ability to speak our truth without judgment or blame is as important today as it always has been. When we take up the journey into consciousness, when we determine to discover what our life is trying to teach us, we necessarily arrive at the seventh initiation. The action of speaking the truth without expectation, or the anguished imperative for change, is a great adventure in itself. It is one way we discover the nature of our personal truth as well as our self-deception.

Learning to speak our truth, using awareness, is a way we create the mirror, our reflection; how we are seen. The reflection of what we say, the reactions and responses of others, reveal to us our deeper nature, and creative spirit. With authentic communication, we discover who we are as we simultaneously become that person. We take our place in the world.                 – John Earle


Bank manager asks Ramu in an interview: "What is cyclone"
Ramu: "It is the loan given to purchase a cycle"

Once Raju brought some tablets and started cutting the edges.
Do you know why? He wanted to avoid side effects!

Bus conductor: Ticket, ticket…
Senthil:  Give two tickets.
Conductor: Why two?

Senthil: If I lose one, another will be there.
Conductor: What if you lose both?
Senthil: No problem, I have my pass...


Ø  Live all the days of your life.

Ø  Achieve well-being, vitality, enthusiasm and effectiveness in life.

Ø  The mind and its abilities are expandable through mental exercises.

Ø  We see things when they become important to us.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes!

Meet you next month – December, 2012

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP

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