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I am Dipankar Gabriel Subba (aka Dips). A believer and follower of Jesus Christ, a lifelong learner, Internet entrepreneur, self-taught programmer, husband and father. I mostly write about what I learn from courses and books. Always growing, I strive for progress not perfection. Read on...

Lecture 17: Suppress — Don’t Repress — Anger

Lecture 17: Suppress — Don’t Repress — Anger from Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) deals with anger (no surprise there). Anger can be a useful emotion and a driver for positive change but if not managed anger can be destructive and deadly. This lecture gives tips on how to deal with misdirected anger and channel it to use it positively. Here’s the visual summary of this lecture. Visual Summary of Lecture 17: Suppress — Don’t Repress —... read more

Lecture 16: Use Your Body to Alter Your Mind

We always think of our brains controlling our bodies but the reverse is also true. Our bodies especially our face significantly influences our brain. Lecture 16: Use Your Body to Alter Your Mind from Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) has practical tips on how to use our body and face to alter our mind. Here’s the visual summary of the lecture. Visual Summary of Lecture 16: Use Your Body to Alter Your... read more

Lecture 15: Hack Your Brain to Unlearn Fear

First things first, I have adapted a schedule of publishing two learning summaries per week: Tue/Wed and Fri/Sat. Lecture 15: Hack Your Brain to Unlearn Fear from the course Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) by Professor Peter Vishton focuses on fear. It provides a basic understanding of fear and how our memories work in storing and associating the fears with our emotions and environment. The lectures lays out some practical tips on unlearn fear and manage phobias. Here’s the visual summary of the lecture. Visual Summary of Lecture 15: Hack Your Brain to Unlearn... read more

Lecture 14: Grow Your Brain Out of Depression (Visual Learning Notes)

Lecture 14 of Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) examines the causes of depression and the actions that help diminish depression as fast as possible. Some tips are obvious like exercise but other tips like eating more fermented food is unconventional. The main message here is that depression is like the common cold and we all catch it from time-to-time. These tips will help us grow out of depression quicker but the recommendation is to seek professional help if the symptoms of depression persist longer than expected. Visual Summary of Lecture 14: Grow Your Brain Out of Depression... read more

Lecture 13: Overcome Your Aging Brain

Lecture 13: Overcome Your Aging Brain of  Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) provides tips that not only enriches our lives greatly but also helps slow down the aging process of our brain. Here’s the visual summary. Visual Summary of Lecture 13: Overcome Your Aging Brain   As always, comments and suggestions are... read more

Lecture 11: Boost Insights and Creativity (Visual Learning Notes)

I have been struggling to summarise the lectures on a Mon, Wed and Thu schedule so I decided to change things a little. I’ll be publishing only two lecture summaries per week on Tue and Fri. Without further ado, here’s my summary of Lecture 11: Boost Insights and Creativity from the course Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) The tips here are primarily to boost insights and creativity but these tips signify the end of the creative journey and not the beginning. Creativity requires a lot of diligent and disciplined work. It is no wonder that the most creative people in the world are also the most disciplined. Visual Summary of Lecture 11: Boost Insights and Creativity As usual feedback and comments are very... read more

Lecture 10: Take the Sleep Challenge (Visual Learning Notes)

I struggled to complete this learning note on Friday so publishing it on a Saturday morning. Ironically, the lecture was about the benefits of sleep on a week where I have had little sleep. Anyway, without much further ado here’s the visual learning summary of Lecture 10: Take the Sleep Challenge from the course Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) Visual Learning Summary of Lecture 10: Take the Sleep Challenge As usual feel free to comment and... read more

Lecture 9: Tune Up Your Brain With Meditation (Visual Learning Notes)

Continuing with my quest to summarise the course Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You from The Great Courses lecture-by-lecture, here’s the summary of Lecture 9: Tune Up Your Brain With Meditation. The primary tip here is how meditating for 20 minutes three times a week can be beneficial for the brain. Visual Summary of Lecture 9: Tune Up Your Brain With Meditation Do leave a comment and check out my other... read more

Lecture 5: Eat Slow, Eat Small, Eat Smart (Visual Learning Notes)

Lecture 5 of Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) is all about the human appetite and how our brain deals with hunger and satiation. These insights are used to create some simple tips to enable automatic healthy eating habits. Visual Summary of Lecture 5: Eat Slow, Eat Small, Eat Smart Do leave a comment, would love to hear your... read more

Lecture 4: Clean Your Kitchen, Improve Your Diet (Visual Learning Notes)

This is the summary of Lecture 4 of Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) which deals with the issue of obesity and how we can create new healthy habits to overcome our unconscious eating behaviours. Visual Summary of Lecture 4: Clean Your Kitchen, Improve Your Diet I would love your views and comments on the summary for this... read more

Lecture 3: Train Yourself Like a Dog (Visual Learning Notes)

Continuing with Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses), lecture 3 is all about using neuroscience based tips to train yourself to acquire good habits and change unconscious habits that may be hampering us. Tips include writing down bad habits, replacing an undesirable habit with a new desirable one and the use of positive and negative reinforcement. Here is the learning notes for Lecture 3. Visual Learning Notes for Lecture 3: Train Yourself Like a Dog Do leave a comment, would love to hear from those who are planning to or have already taken the course. Thanks for checking it... read more

Lecture 2: Beat Procrastination by Doing Nothing (Visual Learning Notes)

Lecture 2 of Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You (The Great Courses) deals with procrastination with a number of science-based tips to overcome it. The counter-intuitive tips deal with doing nothing, avoiding too much motivation and breaking the task into discrete chunks that can be completed quickly. Lecture 2: Beat Procrastination by Doing Nothing Do leave a comment to let me know what you think of the visual learning note.... read more