What I Have Read This Month: September 2021

Yean Foong (M.Ed.)
2 min readOct 1, 2021
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I feel like I have lost a few days because of the vaccine. Taking my second jab of Pfizer gave me a few days of fatigue and lethargy.

Readings of the month

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
I have always wondered how a person could rose from a humble beginning to becoming one of the most influential leaders in the world.

Nelson Mandela was that person. He was humble and had excellent negotiation skills. He valued peaceful exchange more than any apartheid leaders before him.

On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done
How do we get our coffee ready? That's how David Badre started his massive elaboration on how our mind works when we are seemingly carrying out actions that many of us are unaware of the process.

Badre shared a myriad of studies to illustrate every process of our brain undergone on daily activities. He got my interest when he shared "cognitive control," which allows us to get things done based on our goals. Cognitive control is an "ensemble of mechanisms" that direct one's thoughts and behaviours towards goals attainment.

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You
Jenara Nerenberg broadened my perspective. I have never know the term "neurodivergent", and although I have heard about ADHD, autism, synesthesia, high sensitivity, and sensory processing disorder, I certainly only have superficial knowledge about them.

A few years ago, I learned that I was a highly sensitive person, but I never knew that my surroundings could impede my performance. If the context is proper, every neurodivergent and neuro-typical person could thrive and succeed.

This book is about anger management, written in Japanese by Mizushima Hiroko. I read the translated version to learn why I get angry sometimes and seem to have difficulty controlling them or feeling miserable because I tried too hard to contain my anger.

September’s Highlights

Yean Foong (M.Ed.)

Top Writer in Reading | Writer/trainer/teacher | I write about teaching and learning, habits, and mindset.