THE BUMPER BOOK OF COMMON SENSE

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INTRODUCTION

OBSERVATIONS RELATING TO COMMON SENSE

THE CORE PRINCIPLES OF COMMON SENSE

COMMON SENSE THINKING

TRUTH AND BELIEF

Nothing is Certain

Some Truths are More Reasonable than Others

We Should Continually be Looking to Improve what we Believe to be Reality

Faith and Belief

Living without Absolute Truths

SCIENTIFIC LAWS AND RULES

The Origins, Limitations, and Usefulness of Scientific Laws and Rules

Useful Scientific Laws, Rules, and Principles

(LOGICAL) ARGUMENTS

Valid and Reasonable Arguments

The Form, Validity, and Use of Deductive Arguments

Getting to the Bottom of Arguments

USE OF LANGUAGE

Assumptions and Definitions

Inappropriate Use of Words or Expressions

Use of Generalizations, Simplifications, Analogies, and Metaphors

Fuzziness

CLEAR THINKING

Principles of Clear Thinking

Cause and Effect

Barriers to Clear Thinking

Inappropriate Ways of Thinking

Improving Your Clear Thinking Skills

FALLACIES

About Fallacies

Examples of Fallacies

BIASES

UNCERTAINTY

Certainty and Uncertainty

Probability and Statistics

Catastrophe and Chaos

Predicting, Foresight and Hindsight

SYSTEMS AND SYSTEMS THINKING

Complex Systems

Systems Thinking

COMMON SENSE INTERACTING WITH OTHERS

THE INFLUENCE OF EMOTIONS

General Observations about Emotions

You and Your Emotions

Interacting with Others who are in a Heightened Emotional State

GROUPS

Belonging to Groups

Behavior and Behaving in Groups

Conflicts between Groups

Groupthink

PEOPLE: THE WAY THEY ARE AND THE WAY THEY THINK

How People See and Respond to the World and to Other People

People are Not Good at Seeing their Own Shortcomings

A Propensity for Passivity

Differences Between People

Prejudice and Stereotyping

What Motivates People

The Influence of Status

Self-Interest or Vested-Interest Behavior

Observations about People

How you Potentially Appear to Others

How We See the World and Others

HOW YOU SHOULD TREAT AND INTERACT WITH OTHERS

Treat Others as Equals

Recognize and Respect Differences

Be Positive Towards Others

Helping Others

Be Honest and Fair in Your Dealings with Others

Give People the Benefit of the Doubt, but Don’t Let Them Take Advantage of You

Co-operation, Competition, and Conflict

Take an Interest in and Get to Know Others

Asking Others for Help and Advice

Don’t be too Concerned about What Other People Think about You

Verbal Arguments and Debate

Responding to Negativity or Put Downs

Interacting with Difficult, Awkward, or Dishonest People

Ways of Seeing Others

COMMON SENSE IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS

In General

Relationships between Husband and Wife or Equivalent Partners

Relationships between Parents and Children

Relationships with Teenagers

Relationships within Families in General

Relationships with Close Friends

Having and Looking After Pets

INFLUENCING AND PERSUADING

In General

Salesmen’s Tactics

Use of Power

Psychological and Physiological Factors

Influencing Tendencies

Peer Influences

Responding to Authority

Scarcity and Censorship

SMALL TALK AND CONVERSING

Why Small Talk?

Meeting New People

Topics to Raise or Not to Raise During Small Talk

Interacting During Small Talk and Conversations

Preparation for Small Talk

Improving your Small Talk and Dealing with Small Talk Failures

MORALITY AND BEING A GOOD PERSON

What is Moral Behavior?

We Choose our Own Morality

How to Increase your Morality

Benefits of Striving to be a Good Person

Some General Observations Relating to Morals

COMMON SENSE PLANNING AND DOING

GOALS AND OBJECTIVE SETTING

Why set Goals?

Set Inspiring and Challenging Long Term Goals?

Goals for Everyday Living

Going from Long Term Goals to Short Term Goals

General Characteristics of Good Goals (Long and Short Term)

Regularly Monitor Progress Towards your Goals, and Adjust Accordingly

PLANNING AND MONITORING

Why you Need Plans

The Basics of Producing a Plan

Estimating How Long

Be Clear about Dependencies

Confirm Feasibility

Modify or Deviate from your Plans if Necessary

Implementation and Monitoring

TIME MANAGEMENT AND GETTING THINGS DONE

The Importance of Time Management

Making Best Use of your Time

Short Term vs Long Term

Don’t Waste Time

Be Effective and Efficient in Doing Tasks

Take Relaxation Time

Get it all Down onto Lists

Prioritizing and Doing what’s Important

Planning to Do Things

What to Do Next

Review Progress

If you’re Failing to Make Progress, do Something About it

Focusing and Environment

Be Positive and Persistent

Multitasking

Overcoming Procrastination

Increasing your Ability to Control or React to Events

Effective Management of your Time when Interacting with Others

Getting On With It Aphorisms

WORKING WITH OTHERS

Try to See Things from Other’s Point of View

Deciding Whether to Work Alone or With Others

Gaining Other People’s Support and Input

Providing Support to Others

Effective Working Within a Group

Negotiating

DECISION MAKING

The Approach to Making Big Decisions

Personal Decisions

The Timing of Decisions

Judging Decisions

Overturning Decisions

General Considerations when Decision Making

PROBLEM SOLVING

What to do When Initially Faced with a Possible Problem

Ensure you Understand the Problem

General Approaches to Problem Solving

Looking for Possible Solutions

Assessing Possible Solutions

Once we Have a Solution

Solving Logical and Lateral Thinking Puzzles

ANALYSIS

Creating and Using Mental Models

Correlation

Lazy Thinking

Conducting Analysis Activities

Perception and Focus

Sorting Through Information

The Devil in the Detail

Outputs from Analysis Activities

MISTAKES, THEIR CAUSES, AND MITIGATING AGAINST THEM

COMMON SENSE LIVING

BEING ALIVE AND ATTITUDE OF MIND

Live your Life in the Present

Today is the Day

Do the Right Thing Right Now

Be Positive, Happy, Optimistic, and Appreciative of what you have

Be Proactive

Do what you Believe is Right

Face up to Your Fears

Do the Best You Can in the Circumstances

Take Control of Your Own Mind and Thoughts

Don’t just React, Think

Work Hard and Overcome Adversities

Life isn’t Always Fair; Accept It and Move On

Accept and Embrace Change

Continual Self-Development and Improvement

Life is What you Make Of It

Live your Life with Purpose

Play to your Strengths

Sometimes Do Nothing

Daily Living

SELF-TALK

Why Self-Talk is Important?

What to Say to Yourself

The Importance of Positive Self-Talk

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND BEHAVIOR

We are able to Modify our Characteristics and Behavior

Always be Looking to Improve

Understand Yourself

Be Curious and Open Minded

Be Aware of your Surroundings and Circumstances

Be Positive and Confident and Appreciative of Being Alive

Relating to Others

SELF-MOTIVATION (AKA WILLPOWER)

What is Self-Motivation?

Why you should Look to Improve your Self-Motivation

Self-Motivation is Like a Muscle

Manage and Take Account of your Energy Levels

Have and use Inspiring Goals

Take Inspiration from Others

Self-Motivation is your own Responsibility

Get into the Right Mindset

The Use of Visualization

Learn to Take Control of your Now

Making Changes

Overcoming Temptation and Bad Habits

Understanding and Tackling Addiction

Implementing Good Habits

Keep Getting Back Up

General Self-Motivation Tips

DEALING WITH STRESS AND WORRIES

Dealing with Trauma or Despair

Recognizing and Managing Depression and Stress

Learn from Mistakes and Failures and Put Them Behind You

When Feeling a Bit Down

Take Responsibility for Dealing with your Unhappiness, Worries or Problems

Turning Problems and Worries Round

MEMORY

Memory Tends to be Meaning Focused

Make Associations and Patterns

Write it Down

Pay Attention

Memories can be False or Mislead

Impact of Health and Way of Life on Memory

Some Everyday Memory Tips

Some Observations Relating to Memory

Memory Training Tips

COMMUNICATION

Face to Face Communication and Listening

Body Language

Presentations and Public Speaking

Meetings – When you’re Responsible for Them or Leading/Chairing Them

Meetings – As an Attendee

Meetings – Other General Points

Written Communication Including E-mail for Business

Use of Different Forms of Communication

General Effective Communication Tips

Potential for Miscommunication

CREATIVITY

General Observations about Creativity

Sources of Creative Ideas

How to Boost your Creativity

Brainstorming

Ways of Encouraging or Discouraging Creative Thinking

GETTING AND BEING ORGANIZED

Being Organized Sets you Free

How to Get and Stay Organized

Organize Your Workspace(s)

Make Extensive Use of Written Reminders

Always have Pen and Paper with you

Manage your Finances

Maintain your own Personal and Professional Portfolios

LEARNING AND TEACHING

Learning is Good for You

Never Stop Learning

Learning is your Own Responsibility

Most People can Learn Most Things

Learning Styles

What to Learn

Attitude of Mind Towards Learning

How to Learn Tips

Effective Reading

Obstacles to Effective Learning

Tips for Exams

Teaching

FITNESS, DIET, HEALTH, AND SOME NOTES ABOUT HOW YOUR BRAIN WORKS

General Health

Diet and Eating

Exercise and Breathing

Sleep

Meditation and Relaxation Techniques

Body Posture

Your Voice

Dealing with Pain

How your Brain Works

COMMON SENSE WORKING FOR A LIVING

Take Responsibility for Enjoying and Finding Meaning in your Work

Take Control over your Work and Responsibility for Getting the Right Things Done

Boosting your Employability

Be Professional in How you Behave

Work Life Balance

COMMON SENSE LIVING ON YOUR OWN

COMMON SENSE RELATING TO GETTING OLDER

COMMON SENSE SURVIVAL TIPS

DAILY LIVING ADAGES AND APHORISMS

GENERAL

Some Well-known Principles, Laws, and Razors

Relating to Experience

Taking Advice

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMON SENSE

COMMON SENSE ON A GLOBAL SCALE

FURTHER READING

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