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How Superstitions Can Affect Your Job Search

How Superstitions Can Affect Your Job Search

While job search experts are arguing whether superstitions make sense in the job search, job seekers all over the world carry around their luck charms and receive promising job offers.

According to research by the University of Cologne, candidates whose confidence was based on luck charms managed to achieve impressive results during a job search in 2016. It may sound ridiculous until we consider the fact that a self-hypnosis is a powerful thing which can simply lead a person to success. Therefore, some kind of common sense can be found in this practice by every job seeker.

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How Do We Choose Luck Charms?

Less than 50% of Americans are superstitious and tend to believe that luck charms can be more effective than traditional job search tools. How do people choose their mascots? Most superstitious job seekers choose their amulets according to their unusual design, mystical past, or non-random concourse of circumstances. Still, people often start believing in luck charms only after some kind of proof of their magic abilities. Those who experience this power in real life become confident that luck charms really work.

Of course, along with the luck charms, the average job seeker shouldn’t forget about real things that can automate a job search. Unlike magic tricks and lucky charms, tech tools and apps can increase the productivity of your job search for sure.

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Unusual Job Search Rituals

Along with the commonly known job search preparations, there are less conventional ones. It may seem unbelievable, but these rituals have actually helped some job seekers land new jobs. Here are some of them:

  1. Sleeping with a glass of water under the bed before the interview. Researchers connect this phenomenon with the impressive power of water. Some of them also believe that water is charged with positive energy and can help people to find a job and achieve success faster.
  2. Wearing lucky clothes. Some people believe that wearing certain clothes might lead them to positive results and vice versa. This also relates to the energy of the person. Apparently, any previous wearers can potentially charge the clothes with energy — whether positive or negative.
  3. Practicing a Hindi ritual which relies on fasting for 16 Mondays in a row. Mondays in Hinduisms are dedicated to the deity Lord Shiva, who is responsible for wisdom. Paying attention to Shiva can help with professional activities.
  4. Practicing silence. Many job seekers tend to hide their potential success until the moment that it becomes an absolute fact. This seems to be one of the most reasonable superstitions of all.

Positive Thinking – The Right Path

According to the reliable opinion of Matthew Hutson, author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, the main thing that leads people to success is confidence.

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A confident job seeker is 35% more likely to succeed than those who rely on the will of fate or the concourse of circumstances. The author is sure that job search superstitions simply make the job hunters act and behave in a particular way. He recommends that superstitious job seekers follow certain tips:

  1. If you have a luck charm and it really works, don’t change your habits!
  2. Support is a necessary element of every step in your life. Therefore, you should stock up on the support of your friends and family and start looking for a promising job.
  3. Even though some strategies fail, it doesn’t mean that you fail. Some failures are meant to shape you.

Superstitions are one of the most controversial things, especially when it comes to our professional lives and careers. Still, everyone must choose their own most effective and productive methods, as the results are what matter most!

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Last Updated on September 10, 2018

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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Exercise

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

Meditation

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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