28 Apr Weekly Top 3: Personality Studies, Basic Income, and the Millennial Rut
Every Friday, I pick three things that inspired or interested me this week. These things include articles, videos, books, podcasts, music, new tech, and general advice. These are generally about writing, marketing, and personal development. Here are the three things I loved this week.
Do you think you’re the same person now that you were 15 years ago? If your answer is no, the longest running personality study of all time would agree with you. In many ways, we transform into completely different individuals as we age. Particularly in the areas tracked by the study which includes “self-confidence, perseverance, the stability of moods, conscientiousness, originality, and desire to learn.” It seems true that thoughts, emotion, and certainly behavior would change over time with experience, education, and practice. Just like a muscle is strengthened by training, we have the ability to strengthen personality characteristics as well. But at the end of the day, don’t we still have a core self beyond these factors? The famous psychiatrist and psychoanalysis Carl Jung would say yes. I’m currently reading his book, Psychological Types, which theorizes that we are born with innate brain functions that control how we perceive the world and make decisions. Regardless of how we evolve over time, the brain’s core preferences remain the same. You can read more on this argument here.
What would you do if you received an extra $1,000 a month? That’s the question discussed in this article arguing why we should all have a basic income. Honestly, it’s not a topic I’ve ever really thought much about, but with over 43 million Americans living below the poverty line, I’m all up for discussing systems that could improve the basic quality of life for more people. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, until an individual’s basic needs are met (food, water, shelter, safety, and security) he cannot focus on his psychological and self-fulfillment needs. Many people are quick to blame those living in poverty for not being able to escape and “fix” their own problems. I think Maslow’s theory would argue that if their basic needs were met, they’d be more successful. However, there are tons of economic and cultural issues that could also arise with UBI. The article discusses many of these.
Every 20-something I know is experiencing or has experienced what we call the “quarter-life crisis.” The crisis seems to be preceded by “the Millennial rut.” We’ve all been there, but if you acknowledge it as a rut and not a permanent state of living, and work to overcome it, you come out of it even stronger. I love all of the advice within this article. It also references one of my favorite self-motivation books, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.