Archive for July 4th, 2009

The best way to have self-esteem is to have it

| July 4, 2009 | 2 Replies
The best way to have self-esteem is to have it

Can you get self-esteem by trying to convince yourself that you have it? Apparently not, according to a new study reported by the BBC:

Canadian researchers found those with low self-esteem actually felt worse after repeating positive statements about themselves.

They said phrases such as “I am a lovable person” only helped people with high self-esteem.

The study appears in the journal Psychological Science.

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Tornado versus freight train

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Tornado versus freight train

This video will give you a good idea of the power of tornadoes.

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Fear of heights? Visit the new Sears tower balconies

| July 4, 2009 | 2 Replies
Fear of heights?  Visit the new Sears tower balconies

If you want to confront your fear of heights, consider visiting one of the new Sears Tower Balconies,

which allow you to step out onto a Plexiglas floor and look straight down. Here’s the full AP story.

I know that this will not be for everyone. I once told a buddy about seeing how close I could stand to the edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon until he tersely asked me to stop talking about it because he was getting nauseated.

Actually, a few years ago, my wife and I visited the CN Tower in Toronto, and had the opportunity to stand on Plexiglas balcony to look straight down. Here’s a photo I took:

Image from CN Tower by Erich Vieth

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