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    Know Yourself Blog

    You’ve probably been told that your personality is unique, and that’s true -- if we all had the same one, we’d all be behaving the same way, and that would get boring really quickly. Also, different personalities fit well with different types of jobs – you can imagine the personality of a computer scientist may not be the same as that of a circus clown (even if they both wear big huge glasses). In the following section, you’ll read the description of an imaginary person’s job and create a five factor model of their personality that you think they’ll need to do their job as best they can. There’s no right or wrong answer here -- but you do have to explain your reasoning!
    Looking for screen free activities to stay busy this winter break? We have compiled a list of activities for your family! Check out these ten simple ideas that beat cabin fever by engaging all the senses as well as young minds and bodies.
    Do you know what you’re eating? Of course you do -- we all do, we’re the ones who ate it. Why then, do so many people have trouble with the question, “What did you have for dinner last night?” And if you ask them about two nights ago, that tends to leave them stumped. Forgetting your meal history is pretty normal, but it can make it difficult to know if you’re eating enough of the right things. To see how well-balanced your diet is, it can be useful to keep a log of everything you ate. That’s where food journals come in!
    Meditation is a practice dating back to ancient times. Early Hindu and Buddhist monks discovered techniques that allow a meditator to train their attention and awareness. There are many different forms of mediation, and all of these forms have different goals. Some styles are designed to bring up particular emotions, like love and joy. Other forms, like mindfulness meditation, are designed to help you better control your attention and awareness, and to help you regulate your emotions (parents, if you’d like to learn more about emotion regulation in kids, ask our resident psychology PhD student by submitting your interest on the Ask Dr. B page! 
    Our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all deeply connected. So connected, in fact, it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart. For instance, “I feel like I’m not good at math,” and “I feel like she doesn’t like me” are both thoughts, even though they use the word “feel.” Kind of confusing, right? Let’s take a closer look.
    When it comes to anatomy, you’re nearly an expert on knowing yourself by now. But can you apply what you’ve learned to something a little less…human? Think like a mad scientist and help us collect as many field notes and observations about zombies compared to us humans!