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How to Believe in Yourself

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain Media

Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Performing Arts

4.639.3K Ratings

🗓️ 18 December 2023

⏱️ 50 minutes

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When was the last time you set a goal and struggled to reach it? Perhaps you're trying to write a novel but can't seem to get started. Or maybe you want to master a sport, but you keep making the same mistakes over and over again. This week, organizational psychologist Adam Grant guides us through the science of human potential, and teaches us how to uncover our own abilities.

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This is Hidden Brain. I'm Shankar Vedanta.


We've all heard the urban legend of the mother,


who upon finding her child trapped under a car,


is able to summon superhuman strength


to lift the vehicle from the ground and save her child.


It turns out there's truth to the legend.


In 1982, Angela Kavalo's son was working on a Chevy Impala when it fell on top of him.


Angela lifted the car high enough off the ground that two neighbors could pull her son to safety.


A similar event happened in 2019 when an Ohio teen lifted a car


to save his neighbor's life. In 2006, a Canadian woman saved a group of children, including her own two sons, by fighting off a polar bear.


It's unclear, biologically, how people can summon God-like strength in scenarios like these. But it raises an


interesting question. Are we all capable of more than we think?


You often hear echoes of this theme in the biographies of famous people.


At 21, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS and given only a few years to live. He not only defied the odds and lived


to the age of 76 he also went on to become one of the most brilliant theoretical


physicists of all time.


Bethany Hamilton was 13 when a shark bit off her left arm.


She went on to become a professional surfer who has won multiple championships. It makes you think, doesn't it? What can I


accomplish if I really set my mind and heart to it? What am I keeping myself from


accomplishing by believing it to be impossible?


The Science of Human Potential and Psychological Insights on how to discover our potential, this week on Hidden Brain. Brain. There's the old joke about how you get to Carnegie Hall.


Practice, practice, practice.


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