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Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life



Looking at life through the prism of psychology, philosophy, mental health and more. Originally created by counsellor, psychotherapist and philosopher Dr Greg Mulhauser, this blog is now the work of an international team of contributors.



Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:07:18 +0000

 



The Mass Killing Meme: What Can We Do?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:07:18 +0000

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My sense is that the cases of young terrorists and young school shooters have strong similarities in terms of underlying anger, hurt, and other feelings, coupled with an inability to communicate those feelings and be heard.

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Stop Suppressing Your Potential

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:36:13 +0000

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How can we best tweak and optimise our mental machinery for peak performance? Drugs and some forms of meditation are offered as means to the goal. But what if 'savant' skills were actually in some sense our mind's default, before we all got so educated, and so distracted?

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Creative Automatic Writing: Getting Past the Censor and Generating Energy

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:24:28 +0000

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Our internal dialogues plan, worry, criticise, and take up a lot of mental energy. If we are finding life stressful, writing can be an ideal place to stage an intervention and regain our energy, our creativity, our mental space.

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Intuitive Painting: A Dialogue With Your Heart

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:07:46 +0000

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Intuitive painting often starts with a question that can't be answered in words. In the dance of form and colour, the sensual enjoyment of the paint, the excitement of not knowing what is coming next and sometimes just making a mess, some kind of an answer always comes.

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Can I Love You and Hate You at the Same Time?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:37:11 +0000

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Are pain and anger in themselves toxic forces or violent acts, that negate the love we feel for those who are close to us? Does this uneasy sense of contradiction cause us to hold those 'negative' emotions inside ourselves?

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The Heart Sutra and the Neuroscientist

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:02:46 +0000

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The neurosurgeon and the Buddhist practitioner are both intimate with the reality that between the atoms of the electrochemical dance of the brain lies an emptiness of anything at all which is solid and unchangeable, anything on which to lean. How to live in such a world?

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Creative Regeneration

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:41:54 +0000

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Bathing in my own attention, my breath, exercising the 'coming back' muscle whenever I get distracted, is what I call basic meditation. Every moment in this state is a moment of creative regeneration.

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New Year and Its Pressures

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:07:28 +0000

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At New Year there seems to be a lot of pressure -- to have a good time, to make New Year's eve a perfect night, and then to top it all with a fresh start in life. Does it have to be this way?

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Going at Your Own Pace

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:00:31 +0000

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When it feels like everything is speeding up around us, working against the tide and putting pressure on ourselves to force our own pace to match rarely offers the best way forward.

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Tips for Living the Fully Conscious Life

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:06:06 +0000

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Often, we're only half-listening or half-awake when we do things. That's the essence of life on autopilot. But there have been some truly remarkable souls among us who lived with greater than typical awareness.

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