Category: Commonplace Notebook

  • [Highlights] A Prince on Paper

    [Highlights] A Prince on Paper

    On examples of self-regulation even when upset “Forshett—” Johan slammed his mouth shut against the harshness of his tone, not allowing the fear still flowing through him to make him say something rash. He swallowed, though his mouth had gone dry. “You made me think he was hurt. Or worse.”

  • [Highlights] The Psychology Behind Why We Procrastinate, Backed by Science and Leonardo Da Vinci

    [Highlights] The Psychology Behind Why We Procrastinate, Backed by Science and Leonardo Da Vinci

    On confidence and procrastination”Low confidence and feelings of incompetence are often linked with lower motivation levels and a greater likelihood of procrastination. Particularly, Da Vinci has frequently been noted for being an obsessive perfectionist— often delaying the completion of artwork for several years because the ‘hands and faces’ were not perfect.”

  • [Highlights] A Wrinkle in Time

    [Highlights] A Wrinkle in Time

    On being neurodivergent and having to mask “You’re good in school. Everybody likes you.” “For all the most unimportant reasons,” Calvin said. “There hasn’t been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to. Sure, I can function on the same level as everybody else, I can hold myself down, but it isn’t me.” A…

  • [Highlights] A Young People’s History of the United States

    [Highlights] A Young People’s History of the United States

    On the history of choosing violence Jamestown, Virginia, was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. It was built inside a territory governed by an Indian chief named Powhatan. He watched the English settle on his land but did not attack. In 1607, Powhatan spoke to John Smith, one of the leaders at ……

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