Psychology

Leonard Michaels’s Playful and Poignant Meditations on the Enigma of Our Feline Companions and How They Reveal Us to Ourselves – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

“A cat must have three different names,” T.S. Eliot proclaimed in the iconic verses that became the basis of one of the longest-running and most beloved Broadway musicals of all time. “You can never know anyone as completely as you want. But that’s okay, love is better,” Caroline Paul wrote generations later in her gorgeous memoir of finding the meaning of life through a lost cat. Between our longing for love, our urge to name what we barely understand, and…

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Rediscover Your Life’s Purpose – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” ~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb What is the purpose of my life? What is the meaning of true fulfillment? What do I really want? Why am I really here on this planet? With the new reality we are all in, where everyday is a blessing and every thing around us is…

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The Benefits of Thinking About Thinking – Self Improvement Article

Metacognition means “thinking about thinking.” It’s essentially introspection into the nature of one’s mind. A question that has likely been around since the dawn of man’s ability to think, included the oldest philosophers who wondered…”Who am I?” or “What is a mind?” or “What are thoughts?” Today, psychologists are beginning to apply the principles of metacognition to mental health. Metacognitive therapy (MCT) is a newly growing form of therapy that explores how we view our thoughts, and our beliefs about…

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Mindfulness: Developing Spiritual Awareness Through Meditation and Prayer – Spiritual Article

 It’s not always easy to sit down and meditate, but practice makes perfect! If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t do silent or meditative prayer, this video is for you. In it, I go over some simple methods to warm up to silent prayer exercises that build on mindfulness. Mindfulness, explained simply, is about focusing our awareness on the present. Often, it’s confused with an idea that claims that we ought to find peace by completely clearing our minds —…

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8 Movie Quotes to Inspire You Positively – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

Are you a movie buff like me? Do you love inspiring movies? If your answer is ‘yes’ then this post will inspire you BIG time! I love the Movies. They are a great escape from reality at times and are a great source of relaxation and entertainment. Especially in our current covid-19 times with SO much going on around the world, they are a great way to inspire ourselves while we stay home. The news can become so depressing at…

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Technology addiction is hazardous to our health – Spiritual Article

We have all heard, “technology is our friend.” It is true. The positive attributes of modern technology are endless. It has saved lives, increased our security, enhanced motorization, provided global communication (as well as exploration into the unknown) and much more. Humanity continues to profit from its many gifts and luxuries.Everywhere you look, you see an electronic device or gadget. Joggers, hikers and bicyclists wear earbuds or Fitbits while exercising; motorists talk hands-free; cars brake, park and reverse by themselves;…

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I’m Too Smart To Be Happy: Debunking Depressive Realism – Self Improvement Article

One common belief I come across (especially in many truly smart and talented individuals), is the thought that “I’m too smart to be happy.” Many believe that there is a direct relationship between being too intelligent and being depressed. This is sometimes referred to as depressive realism, which is the idea that depressed people have a more accurate and rational view of the world. To people that have an “I’m too smart to be happy” mindset, they see their intelligence…

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What I Read This Month: May 2020 – Self Improvement Article

For three years now, every Monday morning, I’ve posted a photo on my Facebook Page of the books I finished during the week, with the tag #GretchenRubinReads. I get a big kick out of this weekly habit—it’s a way to shine a spotlight on all the terrific books that I’ve read. As I write about in my book Better Than Before, for most of my life, my habit was to finish any book that I started. Finally, I realized that this…

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5 Things To Be Proud Of When Fighting Depression (And How To Get Better)Pick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

I have heard depression described as an angry black shadow that follows you wherever you go — and this is a description I agree with wholeheartedly.I mean, if you take a second to think about it, it just makes sense.You are forever in its presence, constantly aware of it, but not often within its dark embrace. You feel it creeping away at the edge of your consciousness, but everytime you turn to look at it, it disappears into nothingness.Then it…

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Discover My Limiting Beliefs – Happiness Article

How do you discover your limiting beliefs? Spending a lot of time talking about this always brings up that inevitable question: We all have limiting beliefs that are holding us back in life. In order to help us understand how to discover our limiting beliefs we first have to look at what a belief is. WHAT IS A BELIEF? The Oxford English Dictionary defines belief as: “Something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion.” You’ll notice that…

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Zooming In and Out to See Where You Want to Go in Life – Self Improvement Article

If you want to get a more “complete picture” of where you are in life and where you want to go, it’s important you know how to zoom in and zoom out your perspective. By “zooming in,” I mean narrowing your focus to a small scale. Focusing on what you are thinking or feeling in the present moment is one way of zooming in. For example, what are you thinking and feeling right now? How do you feel about the…

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Celeste Headlee: “If It’s a Habit that I Don’t Really Want to Do, I Need to Get It Done in the Morning.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Celeste Headlee. Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter. In her twenty-year career in public radio, she has anchored shows such as Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and The Takeaway. Her new book is Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. I couldn’t wait to talk to Celeste about happiness, habits, and productivity. Gretchen:…

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Kierkegaard on the Spiritual and Sensual Power of Music, the Essence of Genius, and the Key to a Timeless Work of Art – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

“Without music life would be a mistake,” Nietzsche bellowed his unmistakable baritone of buoyant nihilism into the vast chorus of great thinkers extolling the singular power of music. A year before his birth, Søren Kierkegaard (May 5, 1813–November 11, 1855) — another thinker of soaring lucidity, unafraid to plumb the darkest depths for the elemental truths — took up the subject in a portion of Either/Or: A Fragment of Life (public library) — the 1843 masterwork that furnished his insight…

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Self-Improvement Ritual #2: The Color of Relaxation – Self Improvement Article

Colors are a powerful symbol we can use in our self-improvement rituals. For many people, different colors are associated with different emotions, moods, or “vibes.” And we can use these powerful associations in our rituals to help change our mindset or attitude in any given moment. In this ritual, we are going to focus on one color that we associate with “relaxation,” then I’ll show you how you can integrate this into a small breathing exercise. This content is for…

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Enneagram What Type Are You? – Happiness Article

This enneagram test will help you discover which personality type you are.  This is really just for fun but you might find that it is quite accurate in finding your hidden personality type.The Enneagram is  a nine-sided figure used in a particular system of analysis to represent the spectrum of possible personality types. From one point of view, it can be seen as a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting one type. It…

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Physicist Brian Greene on Mortality, Our Search for Meaning, and the Most Important Fact of the Universe – Brain Pickings – Personal Development Article

“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love,” Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in letter to his grief-stricken friend, the Countess Margot Sizzo-Noris-Crouy, in 1923 — the year he published, after a decade of work, his miraculous Duino Elegies. Nearly a century after Rilke’s death, the theoretical physicist and mathematician Brian Greene — who is reading and reflecting on the ninth of Rilke’s ten…

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Some of Your Personal Beliefs Are Hundreds of Years Old – Happiness Article

Welcome back to this series talking about your personal beliefs. Today I want to talk about the fact that some of your personal beliefs are hundreds of years old. You might be thinking Steve, I’m only 30, I’m only 20, I’m only 50 or 60 or 70 ro whatever, how can they be hundreds of years old? Let me explain Where do your personal beliefs come from? We have to ask that question as we are not born with a…

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Quiet Confidence and the Perils of “Trying Too Hard” – Self Improvement Article

When most people picture “confidence” in their minds, they see it as loud and boisterous – but confidence can also be very quiet and reserved. In fact, everyone has their own version of “confidence” depending on their personality. This was a key lesson I had to learn while trying to improve my own confidence over the years. As someone who struggled a lot with low self-esteem and low self-worth when I was younger, confidence was one of my main focuses…

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Bethany Saltman: “I Never Could Have Guessed Just How Right I Was About Happiness When I Was 18.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Bethany Saltman. Bethany Saltman is an author, award-winning editor, and researcher. Her work has appeared in places such as the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, Town & Country, and many others. Bethany also serves as a bestselling book partner and in-demand mindfulness mentor, helping writers and entrepreneurs at all stages of the creative process envision and execute their projects, including book proposals, content development, Big Ideas, messaging, and the like. Her new book is Strange Situation:…

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Why Emotional Validation is More Important Than Giving Advice – Self Improvement Article

When someone comes to you talking about their problems or struggles in life, it’s tempting to want to give advice, support, and try to help them in some way. Most people don’t enjoy seeing others hurting or in pain. However, new research is showing that often the best response to comfort others is simply to validate their feelings without trying to change them or their behavior. Most of the time when people talk about their problems, they aren’t looking for…

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6 Positive Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health During Covid-19 – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” ~ Tom Hiddleston As we try and adapt to a new normal in this world which is completely different from what we expected it to be, emotional & mental health is drastically affected. And not in the most positive way. There is magnanimous stress on us as we try to adapt to new relationship dynamics with partners, family,…

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Self-Improvement Ritual #1: “Flying Boulder” – Self Improvement Article

I’ll be sharing one self-improvement “ritual” every month for Inner Circle members. These will be fun and easy exercises that use symbolism and your imagination to transform your attitude and mindset. Most of them lake less than 5 minutes to do, so you can easily integrate them into your morning routine. For this month, I’ll be sharing a new exercise I’ve been experimenting with recently that I’ve named “Flying Boulder.” Here’s how to do it… This content is for Inner…

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Finding Flow to Escape Stuck-at-Home Captivity! – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“I kind of entered a flow state. I’ve been there before while climbing. You are not thinking ahead. You are just thinking about what is in front of you each second.” Aron Ralston            Feeling isolated or penned in like most of your fellow humans? While you can’t host a party or travel in this era of social distancing and quarantining, you can escape into your mind. When you find a state of flow, concerns and anxieties evaporate. In this subtle form of transcendence, you can…

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The Story of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and the Remarkable Woman Who Magnetized People into Falling Together as Their World Fell Apart – Brain Pickings – Self Improvement Article

We might spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins, but we save them by experiencing ourselves — our selves, each individual self — as “the still point of the turning world,” to borrow T.S. Eliot’s lovely phrase from one of the greatest poems ever written. And yet that point is pinned to a figment — our fundamental creaturely sense of reality is founded upon the illusion of absolute rest. On March…

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Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Walt Whitman’s Stunning Serenade to Our Interlaced Lives Across Space and Time – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

How few artists are not merely the sensemaking vessel for the tumult of their times, not even the deck railing of assurance onto which the passengers steady themselves, but the horizon that remains for other ships long after this one has reached safe harbor, or has sunk — the horizon whose steadfast line orients generation after generation, yet goes on shifting as each epoch advances toward new vistas of truth and possibility. Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) was…

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How to Raise Your Energy Frequency and Stay in a High Vibration – Self Improvement Article

Did you know that at your very core you are energy? That to change anything in life, be it a career, relationship or even your physical health, requires a shift in your energy frequency? Each and every action you take, every word you speak, each emotion you feel and every thought you think directly affects your vibrational frequency. The key to unlocking your ability to consciously manifest the life you want lies in understanding how to raise your energetic frequency. The…

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6 Positive Ways To Calm Coronavirus Anxiety – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. We live in uncertain times. Our world has been put into a sudden shock because of the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping almost every continent on this planet. Regular life already brings…

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The Healing Wisdom of Alejandro Jodorowsky – Self Improvement Article

“Psychomagic” is the power of using your imagination and creativity to heal yourself. The term was first popularized by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who is most known for being a Chilean-French filmmaker in the 1970s, with his avant-garde films El Topo and The Holy Mountain. There’s a lot more to Jodorowsky than filmmaking though. He’s worn many different hats over the years including being a poet, artist, novelist, comics writer, musician, philosopher, puppeteer, and mime….to name a few. He oozes creativity and…

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Pioneering Sociologist Elsie Clews Parsons’s Prophetic Century-Old Study of Power, the Rise of Divisiveness, and Why We Classify Ourselves and Others – Brain Pickings – Happiness Article

Years before Walter Lippmann explored stereotypes and the psychology of prejudice, rooted in the disquieting fact that “we do not first see, and then define, [but] define first and then see,” and decades before Hannah Arendt observed that “society has discovered discrimination as the great social weapon by which one may kill men without any bloodshed” before she drew on this insight to illuminate the relationship between loneliness and tyranny, the trailblazing anthropologist, sociologist, and folklorist Elsie Clews Parsons (November…

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5 Questions to Consider When Drowning In Disappointment – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Disappointments are part and parcel of life. But if you don’t deal with it the right way, it can slowly consume you and derail your life. Hence, it is so important to learn how to deal with disappointment. In this article, I am going to share with you the 5 questions to ask yourself when faced with disappointment. These 5 questions will help you cope with that disappointment, and propel you to greater heights. 1.    Why am I disappointed? When…

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