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Everybody is a genius. Sunday August 31, 2014

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein.

A quote attributed to Albert Einstein got me thinking how we can so easily generalize from a specific. For example, if we are not a great wit we think we are boring. This human tendency is at the core of so much of our low self-esteem and feeling bad about ourselves.

The secret it seems, is to stop seeing ourselves as a single entity. We are all made up of hundreds of different component parts - our abilities, our skills, our artistic leanings, our interests, our levels of competitiveness, our intelligences, our emotional maturity and all our different personal qualities such as humour, kindness, generosity and temperament.

We are all capable of doing something better than others. We would all accept that we have specific weaknesses but should reject that having these weaknesses makes us an overall no hoper. In fact by self-acceptance of what we are in all our facets we can also recognise in some particular dimension we are also a genius.

The Moodscope team.

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Julia Sun, Aug 31st 2014 @ 6:40am

I like this Adrian. I really don't like the thought that I might be boring when my sense of humour deserts me (which it does when I'm tired and low). So I will try to focus on a good quality at these times.

Anonymous Sun, Aug 31st 2014 @ 7:42am

Many thanks, Adrian, for another upbeat top tip. With a new academic year in prospect, you provide a timely reminder of the importance of acknowledging and using our various gifts and talents.

heather Sun, Aug 31st 2014 @ 1:45pm

Nice one Adrian, let's concentrate on our good points, not the ones that are lacking.
Love from Heather xx

Anonymous Sun, Aug 31st 2014 @ 4:03pm

Sometimes I feel powerless and other times I feel I can achieve something - thanks for making me feel I am not alone.

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