Balancing Your Intuitive- and Your Reflective Mind

Both, your intuition, as well as your conscious thinking are extremely important. Yet they work in very different ways. Your intuitive mind is basically a pattern-recognition machine, which works constantly in your subconsciousness, and has an extremely high capacity to process information. While you go through your life, your subconsciousness constantly monitors your environment, and ensures that you adjust your…

Are you living in the past, the present, or the future?

Our cultures are predisposing us to either of these three possible orientations towards time. For those living in the past, a sense of order is extremely important. Most often, this is a result of our forefathers growing up in an environment that was characterized by extreme levels of uncertainty, such as the desert. Very clear rules and frameworks that all…

Living in the Age of Uncertainty: Two Simple Techniques That Helped Me

Our brain can not rest unless we are in a very predictable environment. Think about it: in the past, predictability meant survival. If you didn’t know your surroundings well enough, you could always get bitten by a poisonous animal, eat some poisonous fruit, or get stuck in a marshland and suffocate. Obviously, most of these problems aren’t really problems in…

3 Types of Stress Expats Have to Learn How to Deal With

Culture has evolved in the process of natural selection, in order to enable human beings to adapt to the challenges of different types of environments. Without culture, humans would’ve never been able to develop the igloo or the kajak and without these tools, living in freezing environments like the Antarctica would’ve been impossible. However, when we are talking about ‘adapting’…

Your body is there. Is your mind, too?

So you’ve moved to another country.Perhaps you have been relocated by your organization. Or, perhaps you made the choice to move on your own. Regardless of whether it was an active choice or not, you are now there, which means that you have to come to peace with the decision. Without having read the book, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “wherever you go,…

Why Our Current Beliefs Are Not a True Reflection of Who We Are

What makes up our identity? Is it our innate character traits? Our attitudes? Personality? Opinions? Habits of thought? Values? Beliefs? Ideas? Skills? My answer is: all of these. In fact, there are probably some more factors that I have forgotten to list up here. The important point to make here is that in the end, our identity is a mixture…

Two Dangerous Beliefs That Will Make You Less Adaptable

Interestingly, the fact that someone is highly successful in their country of origin often does not mean that he or she will do well in a foreign environment. A manager who is very well respected by his or her Dutch peers for having a very down-to-earth, and trusting leadership style may find that upon moving to Latin America, his subordinates…