Phones are getting smarter and so are humans. Phones these days allow you to do many things at a time you can talk while you walk and chat when you drive. Doing multiple things at a time is not everyone’s cup of tea. But some are so used to multitasking, they can talk, email, text, trade on share market, order lunch and romance with their girlfriends all at the same time. Doesn’t that sound very efficient? Research says multitasking is counterproductive.
Multitasking is doing several things at a time. In today’s world, almost everybody is programmed to do multiple things at a time.
In offices, multitasking can be seen with doing their work at the same time attending phone calls, operating the computer, signing documents and so on. There are few who give exclusive attention on everything they do and there are the multitasking individuals who try to do everything at a time.
For housewives, multitasking is an inevitable thing that they become accustomed to and carry out effectively. Well, without our mommy in the house, we do fumble up things.
When people do any work, they focus on that task at hand. When they do more than one thing at a time, this attention gets divided. Now, this saves time but it also decreases the efficiency of the work.
On the contrary, it is believed that multitasking is supposed to increase the efficiency of work but it is not relevant if you notice. If you do two things at a time, you are not giving proper attention to both of them.
We have come across quotes like “multitasking is messing up several things at a time.” What does it mean? It is said that multitasking improves efficiency but actually it decreases efficiency.
Imagine a fat person entering a party. He knows very well that everyone at the party would laugh when he enters. He enters and loudly says to everyone “make way for the elephant” and everybody along with him starts laughing. What would you think of such a person? He’s a jolly guy.
People like being around them. People consider them to be happy and cheerful. Their presence can lift up your gloomy mood and help you come out of your sadness. They are people who can laugh on themselves. You will find them making fun of their own self.
It will be interesting to know how these jolly people make fun of themselves.
It is difficult to laugh at oneself. Laughing at self may be considered as a sign of self realization in a positive sense but many people just laugh at themselves so that they don’t need to bother about others laughing at them for some reason. The fact is that they laugh at themselves before anyone laughs at them. They want to even out the fact that people can laugh at them for anything that they do. This is a defense mechanism that they use.
Defense mechanisms operate at an unconscious level and help ward off unpleasant feelings (i.e. anxiety) or make good things feel better for the individual. The person uses something called “coping techniques”. He behaves in a manner which is opposite to what he actually is feeling just so that he can cope up with the situation.
Imagine a boy riding a bicycle. He loses balance and falls down and finds himself lying on the ground in front of a group of girls.
Mind is like a parachute.. It works best when it is Open..
Being open minded is related to how a person regards the opinions and knowledge of others. While others are busy looking at something from one side, an open minded person looks at it from a different perspective.
These open minded people like choosing from options despite the fact that they will choose the same thing if they have no option. They are attracted to variety.
They think about various possibilities before taking any decision. This can lead to a better decision making.
Their time is mostly occupied in choosing from variety. Their decision making becomes a little slow. They feel uncomfortable if they don’t get options. At times they aren't very sure whether they have chosen the right option.
They allow themselves to express more and accept more. They are open to new ideas. Building in new experiences and working with a group of people becomes easier.
Is there anybody whom you think about and he appears talking in your imagination too? This person’s identity is that of a chatterbox.
These people just love taking. They have a lot of things going on in their head which they want to share out to everyone. They are open to new ideas from others and willing to give away their own ideas too.
Their public speaking skills are good hence they can be good as orators. You always find them giving out details about everything. Ask them one thing and they have the whole history to narrate to you.
They believe that whatever information they have, they must pass it on to others. They can even be gossipers. They are not reliable in keeping secrets because they cannot keep the information they have within them.
There must always be a balance in a conversation. The ones involved in a conversation must get equal chances to speak.
Different people have different ways of looking at things. What is acceptable to one person wouldn't necessarily be acceptable to others. Ego is something that stops one from doing anything beyond the boundaries of their mind-sets. If they see anything going beyond that, it gets really difficult for them to accept it.
Ego is a strong barrier that one creates between themselves and the world, which allows only those things that the person finds apt for them, to take an entry inside. People with Ego feel that they are being offended even when it’s not the case.
Ego basically deals with two sides within us i.e., the instinct and the rational. The instinct demands without a second thought and the rational part allows only what is reasonable. Ego is the mediator between these two. It’s the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.
Neha Rathod is a Psychologist, specializing in Industrial and Clinical Psychology. She is a Graphologist and counselor at CPAG.
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