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The true worth of adversity

Book: Dialogues and Essays by Seneca Art: Group of Mountain Climbers Beside the Pasterze Glacier by Munsch Leopold Reading time: 4 mins When his friend Lucilius asked why good people suffer from misfortune, the Roman philosopher Seneca answered that nothing bad can happen to a good person. Seneca tells Lucilius that a good person is […]

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The fear of Knowledge

Book: Towards a psychology of being by Abraham Maslow Art: Het moeras by Anton Mauve Reading time: 3 mins The American psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that there exists, in many of us, a general feeling of dread towards being curious and acquiring knowledge. Maslow stated that to avoid anxiety, many people refuse to learn about […]

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The psychology of self-actualized people

Book: Toward a psychology of being by Abraham Maslow Art: An Adirondack Lake by Winslow Homer Reading time: 10 mins A theory of mental health In Toward a psychology of being, the psychologist Abraham Maslow puts forward a theory of psychological health that is predicated on the fulfilment of human needs. Maslow believed that fellow psychologists tended […]

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The freeing capacity of psychedelics

Book: How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan Art: Indian Hunter at Sunset by Henry Raschen Reading time: 6 mins When neuroscientist Dr Robin Carhartt-Harris and his team wanted to study how Psilocybin mushrooms, a type of psychoactive fungi, interact with the brain, his initial hypothesis was that the psychedelic experience would increase cerebral […]