Archive | May, 2013

Self-deception

31 May

Wachtel (2001) observed that not only can we deceive others but also ourselves.

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The Self

27 May

Gardner Murphy (1947): The self is a thing perceived and it is also a thing conceived.

Mindfulness

23 May

Mindfulness is being truly in the moment, giving a chance to be fully alive in the present without self-criticism or trying to be anyone but who one is right then.

Anxiety

21 May

Seneca: There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more in apprehension than in reality.

This observation made in the first century AD still holds true.

Paradox

19 May

Hegel (Phenomenology of spirit, 1807) recognized that the more we try to control others, the more alone we become because they are not able to be fully present as themselves while they are being manipulated into being what we want them to be.

Teachers, Beware

9 May

Teachers across the USA report high exposure at their schools to student violence and harassment that is directed to them personally, according to an article in the American Psychologist, 2013.

More Literary Boredom

6 May

In J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (2012), a middle-aged woman, remembering a promise made in their youth by her husband to travel the world, bemoaned that he was backing out. She had always expected that someday they would leave “in search of heat and freedom” to escape “the pettiness and the sameness.”

Again I protest the everyday life must be boring. Perhaps it would have been better for her to have sought psychotherapy than to have gone traveling, which can also become tiresome if one is prone in that direction.