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  • An overwhelming sense of being a fraud, a phony, of not being good enough for her job, despite much evidence to the contrary — was first identified more than 30 years ago by two clinical psychologists who dubbed it the 'impostor phenomenon' (IP) (P. Clance and S. Imes Psychother. Theor. Res. 15, 241–247; 1978). In their paper, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes describe women who, despite reaching significant intellectual milestones ranging from advanced degrees to professional awards, cannot internalize their success or convince themselves they deserve it. "They consider themselves to be 'impostors'," wrote Clance and Imes. "Numerous achievements, which one might expect to provide ample objective evidence of superior intellectual functioning, do not appear to affect the impostor belief."
  • When most people think about starting a business, they think about the incredibly successful ones like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. The truth, however, is that these companies represent less than 1 in 1000 startups.

    So what separates these vastly successful startups from everyone else? While few big companies like to advertise it, most of them were successful not because of their original idea, but because they were eventually able to transform that idea into something that really resonated with customers.

  • Acinetobacter baumannii.The germ is one of a category of bacteria that by some estimates are already killing tens of thousands of hospital patients each year. While the organisms do not receive as much attention as the one known as MRSA — for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — some infectious-disease specialists say they could emerge as a bigger threat.

    That is because there are several drugs, including some approved in the last few years, that can treat MRSA. But for a combination of business reasons and scientific challenges, the pharmaceuticals industry is pursuing very few drugs for Acinetobacter and other organisms of its type, known as Gram-negative bacteria. Meanwhile, the germs are evolving and becoming ever more immune to existing antibiotics.

  • Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch on Thursday ordered the state to immediately end furloughs for tens of thousands of state workers and pay them for wages they've lost since the controversial policy started 13 months ago.
  • These dishes don't come from a cuisine that I dreamed up, but from one very popular in India called Indian-Chinese. It is much spicier than the milder Cantonese Chinese food that most Americans are familiar with. Almost any menu in an everyday eatery in Delhi and Mumbai will list several Indian-Chinese dishes.

    Early settlers from southern China … assimilated into the local culture, and their cooking took on local Indian flavors. The result is a satisfying hybrid cuisine, created from two very different communities and food cultures.

    The Hakka, early settlers from southern China, brought with them the traditional styles of Cantonese and Hakka cooking. They assimilated into the local culture, and their cooking took on local Indian flavors. The result is a satisfying hybrid cuisine, created from two very different communities and food cultures.

  • by Jonah Lehrer, author of “How We Decide” and of the blog The Frontal Cortex.

    The mystery of depression is not that it exists — the mind, like the flesh, is prone to malfunction. Instead, the paradox of depression has long been its prevalence. While most mental illnesses are extremely rare — schizophrenia, for example, is seen in less than 1 percent of the population — depression is everywhere, as inescapable as the common cold. Every year, approximately 7 percent of us will be afflicted to some degree by the awful mental state that William Styron described as a “gray drizzle of horror . . . a storm of murk

  • Most of us have heard of lifestreaming before. Some refer to it has a logging of your entire life online (maybe in a blog or YouTube or something similar). You can also use the word lifestreaming to refer to a stream containing all of your online activity. For instance, you may have content on a blog or two, Flickr, Posterous, Twitter (get the MakeUseOf guide!), YouTube, etc. If you want all of that streamed into one place online, you’ll be wanting a lifestream.

    With the tools and steps I will share with you in this article, you too can start lifestreaming on your WordPress blog! I know there are tools out there (such as StoryTlr) that make this quite simple. My specific needs weren’t easily met by many of them. I wanted my lifestream found directly on my blog.

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