Be Careful About What you Dislike

Pretty interesting observations about general human sentiment, in technology and other social/global issues. It's not easy to reevaluate one's intrinsic beliefs about a topic, but perhaps the article is really suggesting to not shrug off opposing opinions; to consider and understand them rather than seeking affirmation of one's own beliefs from others around them.

Short, Self Contained, Correct, Examples

Sort of interesting blurb on how best to ask for help in forums like stack overflow.

Varieties of Argumentative Experience

Articulation of what different levels of quality look like for arguments, ranging from actually refuting the central point to name-calling.

Thanks for the Feedback

This book presents a framework for thinking about what feedback is and how to give and receive it.

People have impulse reactions to receiving feedback that can lead to misinterpretation of feedback.

  1. truth triggers, feelings that the feedback is untrue
  2. relationship triggers, biased against the giver of feedback
  3. identity triggers, feelings that one's personality is being attacked

Managing and understanding one's own reactions can allow one to be more receptive to feedback.

We can categorize feedback in three forms
  1. appreciation, expression of thanks, recognition of work, validation
  2. evaluation, expression of results or relative standings
  3. coaching, suggestions for avenues of self-improvement, accompanied with some unavoidable implicit evaluation
Understanding feedback is the first step of receiving
Knowing how we come across can help decide which pieces of feedback are important or invalid
Switchtracking can derail feedback into an argument

knowing how feedback naturally affects our happiness can help to identify spiraling situations

Labels and self-perception of identity