Category Psychology

Love ~ Excerpt from Paulo Coelho’s book

From the book, “Manuscript found in Accra” by Paulo Coelho And a woman who was getting on in years and had never found a husband, said: “Love has always passed me by.” And he answered: In order to hear Love’s words, you must allow Love to approach. However, when it does draw near, we fear […]

The habit of rush From the book, Change your posture, change your life ~ Richard Brennan

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.   “Whoever forces time is pushed back by time; whoever yields to time finds time on his side” ~ Talmud There is never enough time to do a job properly, but there is always time […]

Childhood and self-confidence

Childhood and self-confidence from the book, Change your posture, change your life ~ Richard Brennan What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally and spiritually, you will have to change what you […]

Surprise and thinking about the future

From the book, Stumbling upon Happiness by Daniel Gilbert   To see is to experience the world as it is, to remember is to experience the world as it was, but to imagine – ah, to imagine is to experience the world as it isn’t and has never been, but as it might be. The […]

The Culture of Fear ~ Barry Glassner

The Culture of Fear ~ Barry Glassner   We had better learn to doubt our inflated fears before they destroy us. Valid fears have their place; they cue us to danger. False and over-drawn fears only cause hardships.   Panic driven public spending generates over the long term a pathology akin to one found in […]

Resilience

A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi Resilience isn’t something one is born with; it grows out of an interaction between factors that promote it ( like hyperthymic personality) and harmful life events – producing a good outcome in the end. In psychology research, two lines of […]

Depressive activism

A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi   Gandhi and Martin Luther King are bookends of depressive activism, the innovators of a new politics of radical empathy that didn’t exist before Gandhi and hasn’t persisted after King. Though their countries and the world remain deeply influenced by […]