Consciously Curated: On Game Theory, Toxic People, Writing Better and Yelling

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Wired: Games Parents Play
Kids are master manipulators. They play up their charms, pit adults against one another, and engage in loud, public wailing. So it’s your job to keep up with them, Carnegie Mellon’s Kevin Zollman says. His new book, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting—written with journalist Paul Raeburn—explains how.

Art of Manliness: Toxic Dumping
Under the influence of a toxic person, you might second guess yourself on an important decision. You might feel sad, uncomfortable, and downright ashamed about your own progress and well-being. You might even take on some of the same toxic qualities you resent in others — something that happens to the best of us — because toxic people have a peculiar way of making you toxic yourself.

Inc: Why People Can’t Write
Every human pastime –music, cooking, sports, art, theoretical physics –develops an argot to spare its enthusiasts from having to say or type a long-winded description every time they refer to a familiar concept in each other’s company. The problem is that as we become proficient at our job or hobby we come to use these catchwords so often that they flow out of our fingers automatically, and we forget that our readers may not be members of the clubhouse in which we learned them.

Fatherly: When to Yell at Your Kids
The yell is loud, angry and frightening. It’s also a fairly natural reaction to a perceived threat, even when it’s a social threat from a 4-year-old kid. For kids, yelling can be both bad (“Shut up!”) and good (“Shut the tiger cage!), but it’s always notable. Children react strongly to parental emotion because yelling is such a visceral display of either concern or anger, it pulls kid’s attention instantly. No wonder parents obsess over yelling and no wonder there are so many questionable bits of accepted wisdom about raised voices.

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