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November 20, 2018

When I taught math at the University of San Francisco, I’ll never forget Susie. She approached me after the first day of class to inform me that she was a “C student” in math; always had been, always would be. When I asked why, she said that the highest grade she had e...

November 20, 2018

So just what is this thing called “self-talk?” Psychologists refer to it as that conversation you are having with yourself all day long. And a lot is being said. In fact, while I am talking to you, you are talking to yourself more than three times faster. When I stop...

May 30, 2018

You are not aware of 99.9999% of what your nervous system is doing. It not only keeps your brain working, it keeps the rest of your body working. It keeps your heart beating, your stomach digesting, and your eyes seeing. In addition, all the memories you take in everyd...

November 21, 2017

We have discovered your brain learns by recording images and connecting them together to form patterns. So, if I am learning about a city, these images (which are composed of groups of neurons I like to call “neural clusters”) include ones for people, cars, and buildin...

September 19, 2017

At my fifty year high school reunion, I remember seeing Mickey, my dear friend walking up the stairs of the bleachers on the opposite side of the gym. Mickey had gained about sixty pounds and I had lost whatever hair I had decades ago. And yet we recognized each other…...

September 12, 2017

When Mary Knight walked into Dr. Monroe’s office back in 1932, she was bright and excited; her red hair neatly pinned in a bun. She had finally gotten pregnant and was due any day now. As it was the middle of the Depression, money was tight, so she had limited her visi...

September 5, 2017

The scientific community pretty much agrees the human brain is the most complex structure in the known universe. In fact, the primary element that holds you back from still learning and growing and changing is what you say to yourself. When you say “I just can’t change...

August 19, 2017

The explosion of computers in the past fifty years has made it very chic to equate the brain with the computer. It has become especially tempting to liken the billions of neurons with the billions of transistors in large computers. More contemporary versions involve th...

August 11, 2017

The first step is to appreciate the capacity the brain has for learning new things, and frankly…that capacity is beyond our mankind’s comprehension.

Just as recently as 30 years ago, the brain was still considered a “black box” and there was little hope of ever determi...

August 11, 2017

Whenever an enthusiastic speaker admonishes me to “Think differently!” at some convention or workshop, I found myself feeling a little irritated…and sometimes even mad! Why? Because "Think differently" is so very nebulous and vague and hazy. “What does that mean? That’...

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As Vietnamese Americans we are seldom taught the true power of our minds.  We are taught to accept our fate and not to ask for more.  These beliefs are deeply ingrained within us.  We hope “Chopsticks Alley Minds” will challenge our readers’ thinking and improve your lives beyond your wildest dreams.


“Mr. Steven Campbell, MSIS provides not only a simple yet comprehensive understanding of how your mind works. He also offers straightforward and easy-to-understand principles you can apply immediately to improve the quality of your thoughts…and thus your lives.” – Making Your Mind Magnificent

Your Amazing Mind