Focus vs. Seeking Novel Stimuli

I started to read the book Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey. One part stood out to me yesterday: [… the brain] has a built-in “novelty bias.” Whenever we switch between tasks, it rewards us with dopamine […] Continually seeking novel stimuli makes us feel more productive — after all, we’re doing more in each moment. But again, just because we’re busier doesn’t mean we’re getting more accomplished. Having a smart-phone with enabled notifications is an especially delicious distraction.
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We Overestimate Social Costs

We Overestimate Social Costs
I am listening to The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef, a book that makes a case against motivated reasoning and argues for a more honest view on our thinking. Quote from chapter 3: We overestimate the importance of how we come across to other people, social costs […] feel a lot more significant than they actually are. In reality, other people aren’t thinking about you nearly as much as you intuitively think they are, and their opinions on you don’t have nearly as much impact on your life as it feels like they do.
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