How To Build A Better Job
March 29, 2016
Why do you work? Are you just in it for the money or do you do it for a greater purpose? Popular wisdom says your answer depends on what your job is. But psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski at Yale University finds it may have more to do with how we think about our work. Across groups such as secretaries and custodians and computer programmers, Wrzesniewski finds people about equally split in whether they say they have a “job,” a “career” or a “calling.”
… how we find meaning and purpose at work.
Job crafting: what employees do to redesign their own jobs in ways that foster engagement at work, job satisfaction, resilience, and thriving.”
Berg, Wrzesniewski, & Dutton, 2010
November 10, 2014
Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management
Job crafting takes 3 forms:
- Task crafting: alter number, type, nature of tasks
- Relational crafting
- Cognitive crafting: alter how one perceives tasks and their meaning
The Self That’s Left When Memories Fade
January 24, 2013
Our memories and experiences help shape who we are, so what happens when memories are erased?
Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin talks about the role memories play in defining our sense of self and the challenges that arise when we lose them.
Daniel Levitin, professor of psychological and behavioral neuroscience at McGill.
His forthcoming book is titled “The Organized Mind.”
LEVITIN: Well Neal, it goes back to John Locke, the philosopher who said our memories of our past are part of what gives us a sense of identity. Now what do we mean by that? Well, the University of California Santa Barbara psychologist Stan Klein has distinguished a number of different components of what we mean by self.
And it’s a bit confusing, isn’t it? We talk about self-control and self-esteem, self-regulation, self-improvement, self-image.
Well, Klein distinguishes seven components of the self, and I’d like to talk with you about four of them.
LEVITIN: First there’s self-awareness. That’s the ability we have to recognize ourselves in a mirror or to recognize the parts of our body and know that they are ours.
And separate from that we have a sense of agency or responsibility. You recognize that your body belongs to you and that you more or less control it
Peter and the Wolf
Memory loss sparks a plan for running and living