Minisode Monday #74 | Psychological Halloweenism

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

This time around, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind author Dr. Srini Pillay rejoins us to talk about a process known as psychological halloweenism — the act of taking on an alternative mindset as a way of unlocking creative potential. If you like this Minisode Monday, make sure to check out our full episode with Dr. Pillay here!

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • You don’t have to be a little kid to benefit from the rewards of playing make-believe.
  • We all tend to think of ourselves in one way — we’re good at some things and less adept at others.
  • What happens when we mentally pretend to see the world from the perspective of someone else? Someone who, for instance, we imagine to be more creative than us?
  • This is called psychological halloweenism, and it can be a powerful way to solve problems and cope with situations we feel ill-prepared (as ourselves) to deal with.
  • “If you think like somebody else,” says Dr. Pillay, “you will get yourself out of your own mental traps, your own habits, and you will begin to think from somebody else’s perspective.”
  • Practice psychological halloweenism at the dinner table, at innovation meetings at work, or with your friends. You’ll be surprised at what you can discover about your own mind’s capabilities when you try to think like somebody else.
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Jordan Harbinger - author of 952 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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