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The psychology of self-actualized people

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 to focus too heavily on the symptoms of people who are mentally unwell, and not enough on the qualities of […]

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A sacred need for Silence

In the Christian religion, speaking in a way that is unrestrained and indiscriminate is considered morally evil. According to the bible, for “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment”. But Christianity is just one of the many religions that have a bleak assessment of those […]

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The quiet power of introverts

A life of the mind Our personality greatly shapes who we are as individuals and influences nearly every aspect of our life. Our place on the introversion-extroversion spectrum, in particular, seems to have the most impact on the choices we make in life. Where we lie on this spectrum affects the friendships we make, the […]

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The obligation to think with effort

The flawed mind When we think about human nature, the idea that we are rational beings is one that is generally accepted. Every day we are bombarded with a sea of situations which we must face by making decisions. However, research shows that we aren’t actually the author of our choices and actions that we […]

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Prisoners of our perception

When neuroscientist Dr Robin Carhartt-Harris and his team wanted to study the effects of Psilocybin mushrooms, a type of psychoactive fungi, on the brain, his initial hypothesis was that the psychedelic experience produced would increase cerebral blood flow. They predicted that, in an fMRI scanner, this would show up as increased oxygen levels across the […]