Why Multitasking Between Devices Is Associated With Poorer Attention And Memory

Why Multitasking Between Devices Is Associated With Poorer Attention And MemoryHow many times have you sat down to watch TV or a movie, only to immediately shift your attention to your smartphone or tablet? Known as media multitasking”, this phenomenon is so common that an estimated 178m US adults regularly use another device while watching TV.

How To Make Reading Fun And Part Of Life

How To Make Reading Fun And Part Of LifeThe love of reading is one of the greatest gifts an adult can give to a child. Pragmatically, reading proficiently helps with school work. But it also widens children’s horizons. It can help readers to understand their own world better, and to explore other worlds.

What Does Gaslighting Mean?

What Does Gaslighting Mean?Shortlisted for the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2018 word of the year, “gaslighting” has well and truly found its way into contemporary thought and vernacular.

It’s Not Fear, It’s Sensation

It’s Not Fear, It’s SensationIf you’re anything like me, or at least who I used to be, my hunch is that when you are on the cusp of doing (and especially saying) something big, important, and paradigm shifting, you label what you are experiencing in your body as fear.

Be (the) Present: It's The Best Gift There Is

Be (the) Present: It's The Best Gift There IsI have been “cleaning out my karma” for a few decades now. When I first started paying attention to the feelings of the moment, there was a collage of easy to detect feelings.

Why The Vast Majority Of People Fib To The Doctor

Why The Vast Majority Of People Fib To The DoctorBetween 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a new study.

Why Violence and Mental Illness Are A Harsh Reality

Why Violence And Mental Illness Is A Harsh RealityThe violent and senseless death of 11-year-old Luke Batty in Victoria has not only drawn attention to the serious problem of family violence but has also raised questions about the role that undiagnosed or untreated mental illness may have played in his father’s behaviour.

Can Physics Explain The Motions Of The Panicked Crowd?

Can Physics Explain The Motions Of The Panicked Crowd?When people come together in a crowd, physical and emotional connections define their movement, state of mind and will to act. Understanding crowds can help us manage the panic caused by a terrorist attack

Genes Do Shape Our Behavior But It’s Complicated

Genes Do Shape Our Behavior But It’s ComplicatedMany of our psychological traits are innate in origin. There is overwhelming evidence from twin, family and general population studies that all manner of personality traits, as well as things such as intelligence, sexuality and risk of psychiatric disorders, are highly heritable

Why Vegans Inspire Fear And Loathing Among Meat Eaters

Why Vegans Inspire Fear And Loathing Among Meat Eaters

Food critic William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose’s in-house magazine following a row over his astonishingly hostile response to a freelance journalist who proposed a series of articles on veganism.

When You're Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable

When You're Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable

‘Tis the season when the conversation shifts to what you’re thankful for. Gathered with family and friends around a holiday feast, for instance, people may recount some of the biggies – like their health or their children – or smaller things that enhance everyday life – like happening upon a great movie while channel-surfing or enjoying a favorite seasonal food.

Exercising Soul Muscles: Our Best Medicine for Tough Times

Exercising Soul Muscles: Our Best Medicine for Tough TimesThe World Health Organization calls stress "a global epidemic". Stress may be as American as apple pie, but it is also as worldwide as bread pudding. It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, how much money you make, or how dysfunctional your parents were...

Is the Grass Really Greener Somewhere Else?

Is the Grass Really Greener Somewhere Else?When we are unhappy, we often quite naturally begin to fantasize about how our troubles would end "if only". If only I could quit my job... If only I could leave this marriage... Unfortunately, all too often we quit that stressful job or leave that unhappy marriage, only to find...

5 Ways To Improve Your Outlook

5 Ways To Improve Your Outlook

It is the events that happen in our lives that determine the state of our mental health, rather than some inherent personal inadequacy or genetic flaw.

How Violence In Childhood Speeds Up Aging

How Violence In Childhood Speeds Up AgingViolence, psychological or emotional abuse, and deprivation or neglect during childhood can affect both cellular aging and biological development, according to a new study.

Holding a Grudge: Would You Rather Be Right or Be Happy?

Holding a Grudge: Would You Rather Be Right or Be Happy?Usually the events for which we hold grudges are long-time past, yet, deep in our heart is this little hard cold spot where the memory of that event, accompanied with anger and resentment, lives on as if it happened yesterday. That dark negative energy comes up at the strangest moments...

How You Can Feel Gratitude During Difficult Times

How You Can Feel Gratitude During Difficult Times
Gratitude is noticing the good things that are happening all around you. Feeling gratitude when life is stormy can be difficult; it’s during times of hardship that our gratitude is most tested. Seeing the silver lining during those times is easier when we focus on the power of our gratitude.

Reflections on Mom: From Pain to Gratitude and Forgiveness

Reflections on Mom: From Pain to Gratitude and Forgiveness
As I felt the benefits of forgiving my ex-husband Werner, I began to look at other grievances and judgments I was holding. Mom was at the top of my list. Could I find my way to forgive her, too? That would require me to mourn the losses of my childhood and let them go. Holding onto my resentment to Mom kept them in place.

An Attitude of Gratitude: Enjoying the Here and Now

An Attitude of Gratitude: Enjoying the Here and Now
Being unappreciative in general and focusing on the half empty is a core attitude that Attitude Reconstruction associates with the emotion of anger. These qualities block our ability to experience the emotion of love. With the holidays approaching, it’s time to reverse your old tendency.

The Failure of Security: Life Is Neither Secure Nor Insecure

The Failure of Security: Life Is Neither Secure Nor InsecureWe want life to be secure as much as we want our plans and expectations to work out. We want to live happily-ever-after. We want life to conform to our wishes, to make us happy, and to protect us from human suffering. In the end, we want life to protect us from itself, and the idea of security offers us that false consolation.

Could Consciousness All Come Down To The Way Things Vibrate?

Could Consciousness All Come Down To The Way Things Vibrate?
Why is my awareness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects? How is each of us our own center of experience, receiving information about the rest of the world out there? Why are some things conscious and others apparently not? Is a rat conscious? A gnat? A bacterium?

Now We Know Why Humans Roar

Now We Know Why Humans Roar
Historical accounts indicate that soldiers have roared in battle throughout history, from the Roman army to the Red army. We can also see it on the sports pitch, such as in wrestling or the New Zealand rugby players’ posture dance known as the “haka”.

Learning To Be Grateful: Be Thankful for Everything

Learning To Be Grateful: Be Thankful for EverythingWhen Lynn Grabhorn was asked, “What is one simple thing I can do now to help prepare for the Shift?” her reply was, “Learn to be grateful”. She suggested the practice of extending gratitude for all the little things we take for granted and of developing an “attitude of gratitude.”

Why Do Vegans Have Such Bad Reputations?

Why Do Vegans Have Such Bad Reputations?

More and more people are adopting plant-based diets in Australia and other western nations. But also seemingly on the rise is resentment towards vegans and vegetarians.

The Best Medicine For Confronting Trauma Is To Be Present

The Best Medicine For Confronting Trauma Is To Be Present
Report after report documents how—despite more technologies aimed at connecting people, ideas, and information—people of all ages continue to experience greater and greater social and personal disconnection. Why? Well, our body, mind, and spirit can only keep up with so much. When overloaded, we may disconnect because it all is too much or feels like it is too much.

Think You're Bad At Math? You May Suffer From Math Trauma

Think You're Bad At Math? You May Suffer From Math TraumaI teach people how to teach math, and I’ve been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I’ve met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.

Why Perfectionists Are More Likely To Develop Bulimia

Why Perfectionists Are More Likely To Develop Bulimia
Bulimia nervosa is a common and life-threatening eating disorder. About 275,000 Canadian girls and women will have bulimia at some point in their lives. They will eat large amounts of food, often secretly, and then prevent weight gain by vomiting, fasting or exercise.

Our Passive Violence Fuels The Fire Of Physical Violence

Our Passive Violence Fuels The Fire Of Physical Violence
The best way to understand Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence is to first understand the extent of the violence we practice, consciously or unconsciously, every day of our lives -- name-calling, teasing, insulting, disrespectful behavior. These are passive forms of violence.

Here's How To Tell If You Are A Bully

 Here's How To Tell If  You Are A Bully
From the playground to government, bullying exists everywhere. In fact, a recent report into bullying in the UK’s parliament revealed just how serious this problem is, urging behavioural change among MPs. But why is bullying so widespread and difficult to tackle? Part of the problem is that bullies sometimes don’t even realize that they are bullies.

Archetype: The Tyrant

Archetype: The TyrantWhen it comes to people, there are only about a dozen life stories in the whole world, and each archetype has its own obvious characteristics.

Can We Ever Be ‘Too Much’?

Can We Ever Be ‘Too Much’?
One morning, all of us in the group revisited our childhoods to more closely examine those things that still have power over us. We did this in small groups of four persons and, when it was my turn, I revisited some physical violence from my parents. Ever eager to delve deeper, I discovered something I had never seen before.

Embracing The World: Being In The World Without Rejecting It

Embracing The World: Being In The World Without Rejecting It
The heart of Eastern wisdom teaches you to be naturally in the world without rejecting it. Many spiritual paths condemn and judge the world, as if they were enabling one to move beyond desires. But many fail to realize that they are desiring not to desire (a point that the Buddha understood).

Why Is It Fun To Be Frightened?

Why Is It Fun To Be Frightened?
John Carpenter’s iconic horror film “Halloween” celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Few horror movies have achieved similar notoriety, and it’s credited with kicking off the steady stream of slasher flicks that followed.

Halloween: Turning To The Supernatural To Work Through Our Anxieties

Halloween: Turning To The Supernatural To Work Through Our Anxieties
Halloween is now firmly part of the seasonal and consumer calendar – but, unlike other celebrations that promote gift-giving, family, love and friendship, Halloween involves disruption, transgression and an open engagement with darker emotions and fears.

The Journey Always Continues: From Fear and Suicide to Loving with an Open Heart

The Journey Always Continues: From Fear and Suicide to Loving with an Open Heart
One of the tools that I have used since its discovery in the first year after Pete’s death, is my image of my heart as a vast ocean, unable to be broken. Since its discovery, my heart is like water. If you come into my life, you’re enveloped completely, like a hand submerged in water. If you leave, the water goes back to complete, perhaps losing a drop. This idea...

Why You Shouldn’t Help Your Coworkers Unless They Ask

Why You Shouldn’t Help Your Coworkers Unless They Ask
When it comes to offering your expertise, it’s better to keep it to yourself or wait until you’re asked, according to new research. Building upon previous findings that showed how helping colleagues slows one’s success, management professor Russell Johnson looked more closely at the different kinds of help in which people engage at work—and how that help was received.

Hatred Is A Choice: I Hate It When...

Hatred Is A Choice: I Hate It When...
I find myself thinking on occasion, "I hate it when...." We use the word hate easily... We hate a certain kind of ice cream, we hate tofu, we hate hurting ourselves, we hate being late, we hate... This is where I realized that anything that we profess to "hate" is simply a preference on our part.

What Works For Me: Persistence

What Works For Me: Persistence
There are numerous things that make our life "work" for us. Some of these are things we learned along the way. And of course, there are things that make our life "not work so well". One thing that has worked for me is persistence.

Are You Choosing Anger and Judgment over Happiness?

Are You Choosing Anger and Judgment over Happiness?
The decision to choose anger over happiness is based on one factor, and that one factor is judgment. Does this person meet my expectations or not? Does this situation please me or not? Does this event conform to my morally correct and spiritually advanced view of the world or not? We basically organize our lives into two giant categories: people and things we like and people and things we don't like.

This May Reduce Racial Bias In Groups At Work

This May Reduce Racial Bias In Groups At WorkA small shift in the presentation of an assignment can reduce racial inequality within the group working on it and lead to better outcomes, according to a new study.

How Humans Regulate Emotions And Why Some People Can't

How Humans Regulate Emotions And Why Some People Can't
Take the following scenario. You are nearing the end of a busy day at work, when a comment from your boss diminishes what’s left of your dwindling patience. You turn, red-faced, towards the source of your indignation. It is then that you stop, reflect, and choose not to voice your displeasure. After all, the shift is nearly over.

The Surprising Secret To Successful Psychotherapy

The Surprising Secret To Successful Psychotherapy

As a clinical psychologist and educator, I am often asked to recommend a psychotherapist for people in need. These requests come with a sense of urgency to find the best possible therapist. Many people are at a loss over what to look for.

What Is It About Yawning? And Why We Do It

What Is It About Yawning? And Why We Do ItA yawn consists of an extended gaping of the mouth followed by a more rapid closure. In mammals and birds, a long intake of breath and shorter exhale follows the gaping of the mouth, but in other species such as fish, amphibians and snakes there is no intake of breath.

Emotional Intelligence At Work And Why IQ Isn’t Everything

Emotional Intelligence At Work And Why IQ Isn’t EverythingSince I started writing about and researching emotional intelligence in business, I found that data in support of it has only gotten stronger. I saw recently a study, this surprised me, engineers, software coders and so on were evaluated by their peers, people who work with them day-to-day on how successful they were at what they do.

You Can't Erase Bad Memories, But You Can Learn Ways To Cope With Them

You Can't Erase Bad Memories, But You Can Learn Ways To Cope With Them
The film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind pitched an interesting premise: what if we could erase unwanted memories that lead to sadness, despair, depression, or anxiety? Might this someday be possible, and do we know enough about how distressing memories are formed, stored, and retrieved to make such a therapy possible?

Here's The Truth About False Accusations Of Sexual Violence

Here's The Truth About False Accusations Of Sexual Violence

Why didn’t these women speak up sooner? This was asked time and time again during the recent public furore around sexual harassment, violence and abuse. Underlying the question is a persistent uncertainty about the credibility of victims – a concern with identifying what is true and what is false.

Healing the Emotional and Energetic Body in the Heart Chakra

Healing the Emotional and Energetic Body in the Heart Chakra
Healing the emotional body in the fourth chakra is by far one of the most important things you can do for your health. With years of experience in Ayurvedic lifestyle counseling, I am convinced that heart health is directly linked to our emotional state.

Finding A New Approach: Communicating With Your Pain

Finding A New Approach: Communicating With Your Pain
After years of unsuccessful efforts to diminish, expel, erad­icate, and overcome the pain in my body, I wondered if the pain sensations might be a voice for not only the body but other levels of the self as well. I understood that, while pain felt strong and overbear­ing and it absolutely dominated my attention, it was not necessarily an adversarial power. It was a reaction.

Are Today's White Kids Less Racist Than Their Grandparents?

Are Today's White Kids Less Racist Than Their Grandparents?

In America’s children, we often see hope for a better future, especially when it comes to reducing racism. Each new generation of white people, the thinking goes, will naturally and inevitably be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones.

Are We Literally What We Think?

Are We Literally What We Think?
All day every day we experience things: physical sensations, emotions, and thought patterns. Most of our experience we fail to observe. While having an experience we don’t notice it. While this is well and good when it comes to sensation in our feet or many other aspects of living, failure to observe certain parts of our physical, emotional, and cognitive experience...

The Gentle Art of Blessing: Changing the World in One Day

The Gentle Art of Blessing: Changing the World in One Day
Every day, everyone we meet can be assisted by simply our changing our attitude and our focus. We can all change the world today. On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play, bless them...

Why Toxic Workplaces Are Feeding The Impostor Phenomenon

Why Toxic Workplaces Are Feeding The Impostor Phenomenon
Research suggests that around 70% of people will experience an illogical sense of being a phony at work at some point in their careers. It’s called the impostor phenomenon (also known, erroneously, as a syndrome).

Developing Trust After Disasters And Every Day Challenges

Developing Trust After Disasters And Every Day Challenges
Hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires have tested our resolve as individuals, communities and societies. Along with social crises such as political- and war-induced migration, these events provide stark illustrations of our ability to adapt, help and trust one another through informal social networks and formal social institutions.

Look Within and Ask: "How Does This Apply To Me?"

Look Within and Ask: "How Does This Apply To Me?"
Have you ever found yourself wanting to 'fix' people? You know... when you can clearly see everything that's wrong with them and want to reorganize them and their life? It seems so easy for us to look at someone else and see everything that they need to do to improve themselves. It seems so easy to 'fix' someone else...

How The Power Of A Hug Can Help You Cope With Conflict

How The Power Of A Hug Can Help You Cope With ConflictFriends, children, romantic partners, family members – many of us exchange hugs with others on a regular basis. New research from the United States, published today in PLOS, now shows hugs can help us to cope with conflict in our daily life.

Warrior Women: The Ancient World Was Full Of Female Fighters

Warrior Women: The Ancient World Was Full Of Female FightersOne of the great things about computer games is that anything is possible in the almost endless array of situations on offer, whether they are realistic or fantasy worlds. But it has been reported that gamers are boycotting Total War: Rome II on the grounds of historical accuracy after developers introduced women generals, apparently to please “feminists”.

Why Alcoholics Can’t Be Forced to Stop Drinking

Why Alcoholics Can’t Be Forced to Stop Drinking
Alcoholics Anonymous was established as a form of benign anarchy. Members have to want to help themselves—and one another. While a great number of people see value in the mutual aid of Alcoholics Anonymous, many of them would be surprised to discover that the concept of mutual aid was popularized in the 20th century by the Russian anarchist Prince Peter Kropotkin (1842–1921) with his 1902 book Mutual Aid.

The Joy of Service: A Fulfilled Life Is All About Service

The Joy of Service: A Fulfilled Life Is All About Service
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”--Rabindranath Tagore. Babaji encouraged people to serve others on a daily, even hourly basis. He also taught that no act of service is beneath a person. Just because a person has an advanced degree or a very important job, they can still do the smallest act of service like digging ditches, washing dishes, scrubbing floors.

The Best Rejection: A New Path, A New Direction, and The Real You

The Best Rejection: A New Path, A New Direction, and The Real You
When composer George Gershwin was developing his career, he contacted his esteemed role model Maurice Ravel and asked if Ravel would take him on as a student. Ravel, familiar with Gershwin’s work, rejected him, replying, “Why become a second-rate Ravel when you are already a first-rate Gershwin?”

Fat People Do Not Need Your Concerns About Their Health

Fat People Do Not Need Your Concerns About Their HealthGravely misinformed ideas about health, beauty and body image still dominate, as derogatory reactions to plus size model Tess Holliday’s October Cosmopolitan UK magazine cover prove. TV presenter Piers Morgan, for example, posted a photo of the cover on Instagram with a caption that called out this “step forward for body positivity” as “a load of old baloney”.

Why Your Brain Never Runs Out Of Problems To Find

Why Your Brain Never Runs Out Of Problems To FindWhy do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever.

A Brief History Of Teen Boys Will Be Boys

A Brief History Of Teen Boys Will Be Boys

In the United States, the teen years are frequently assumed to be a time of experimentation, risk-taking and rebellion. But this notion of adolescence as a phase of irresponsible behavior is a relatively new invention.

Memories Of Trauma Are Unique Because Of How Brains And Bodies Respond To Threat

Memories Of Trauma Are Unique Because Of How Brains And Bodies Respond To Threat
Most of what you experience leaves no trace in your memory. Learning new information often requires a lot of effort and repetition – picture studying for a tough exam or mastering the tasks of a new job. It’s easy to forget what you’ve learned, and recalling details of the past can sometimes be challenging.

Are SUVs And 4WDs Safer Than Other Cars?

Are SUVs And 4WDs Safer Than Other Cars?
The popularity of SUVs, 4WDs and commercial utilities is showing no signs of abating in Australia. In the first six months of 2018, passenger vehicles made up just one-third of new vehicle sales (down from 50% five years ago) and SUVs 43% (up from 29% in 2013).

Why Do So Many People Fall For Fake Profiles Online?

Why Do So Many People Fall For Fake Profiles Online?The first step in conducting online propaganda efforts and misinformation campaigns is almost always a fake social media profile. Phony profiles for nonexistent people worm their way into the social networks of real people, where they can spread their falsehoods. But neither social media companies nor technological innovations offer reliable ways to identify and remove social media profiles that don’t represent actual authentic people.

It Is Time to Let Go of the Past

It Is Time to Let Go of the Past!
By choosing to let go of the past, we can sweep out all the ashes that weigh us down and subtly affect every aspect of our health, our relationships, and our peace of mind. And the more we practice the art of letting go of all negativity, the better able we...

These Tools Can Help You Control Technology Overuse

These Tools Can Help You Control Technology Over-Use
Technology has undoubtedly become essential for productivity and communication in our professional and personal lives. However, the most prominent reason users of all ages reach for their device is not to work, but to “zombie check”.

What Works For Me: "I Am Safe"

What Works For Me: "I Am Safe"
There are numerous things that make our life "work" for us. Some of these are things we learned along the way, and others are somehow "innate" within us. And of course, there are things that make our life "not work so well". I would like to share with you one thing that has worked for me. 

What's The Difference Between Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment And Rape?

What's The Difference Between Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment And Rape?A California psychologist has alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were in high school in Maryland.  As the nation debates the accusation, the terms “sexual abuse,” “sexual assault,” “sexual harassment” – and even “rape” – are cropping up daily in the news. This isn’t new – the #MeToo movement over the last year has put those terms in more common circulation.

3 Things We Can All Learn From People Who Don't Use Smartphones Or Social Media

3 Things We Can All Learn From People Who Don't Use Smartphones Or Social MediaMany of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or emails, monitoring the world and honing our online presence. Social networking platforms such as Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are supposed to make us feel more connected.

Why Did We Evolve To Feel Shame?

Why Did We Evolve To Feel Shame?Evolution built shame into human nature because it served an important function for our foraging ancestors, a new paper argues.

How Pride Actually Benefits The Greater Good

How Pride Actually Benefits The Greater GoodPride may not be such a bad thing, according to new research. In fact, it may be how humans stay connected. Human nature evolved to have pride, researchers argue, because it served an important function for our foraging ancestors who lived in small, highly interdependent bands and faced frequent life-threatening reversals.

The True Meaning of Authenticity

The True Meaning of Authenticity
Each and every person comes into this life as a unique expression of Source consciousness. This means each person comes in with a unique essence, like an energetic signature. We come in with a unique purpose, along with unique thoughts, feelings, desires and needs. All this and our role within the greater universe is embedded in our essence.

Mastering The Art of Loving Is A Lifelong Challenge

Mastering The Art of Loving: A Lifelong Challenge
Can love be learned? In principle, yes, but there are important requirements. Love necessitates a positive, embracing view of ourselves and of life. Fromm claimed that only a person who has reached developmental maturity is truly capable of loving. Such maturity implies self-acceptance and overcoming narcissism.

How to Let Go of Fear and Transform It Into Peace

How to Let Go of Fear and Transform It Into Peace
We can deal with blatant discrimination through legal channels and receive some corrective action, but these kinds of compensation cannot heal hearts. Our goal is deeper healing. We want nothing less than total release from the pain and fear that racist conditioning breeds.

Why We Like Some Words More Than Others

Why We Like Some Words More Than Others

When we listen to a foreign language, we may hear sounds which do not exist in our mother tongue, and may sound different from anything we have ever heard before. The first time we hear something new, a foreign sound or word – even an unknown word in our own languages – something in it may provoke delight or revulsion.

The Neoliberal Myth Of The Superhero Businesswoman Holds Us All Back

The Neoliberal Myth Of The Superhero Businesswoman Holds Us All BackWe’ve read the stories and seen the figures. We know that women are still underrepresented at the decision making table. We know women across professional fields get paid less than their male peers for doing the same job. We know about the #MeToo movement. Yet, those who call for structural reforms are still often dismissed as whiners or unreasonably demanding.

How Self-Help In The Age Of Responsibility Denies Unequal Realities

How Self-help In The Age Of Responsibility Denies Unequal Realities
Contemporary self-help teachings assure us that we are the makers of our own destiny, that we have within us the power to change our lives for the better, even to make ourselves anew. Self-help leaders, from Tony Robbins to spiritual gurus like Robin Sharma and Deepak Chopra, ask us to take responsibility for our lives.

Is There Any Real Distinction Between High And Low Pleasures?

?Is There Any Real Distinction Between High And Low PleasuresParents often say that they don’t mind what their children do in life just as long as they are happy. Happiness and pleasure are almost universally seen as among the most precious human goods; only the most curmudgeonly would question whether benign enjoyment is anything other than a good thing. Disagreement soon creeps in, however, if you ask whether some forms of pleasure are better than others. Does it matter whether our pleasures are spiritual or carnal, intellectual or stupid? Or are all pleasures pretty much the same?

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