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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 […]

The sacred need for Silence

Book: The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley Art: Sunset on the Hudson by Charles H Chapin Reading time: 5 mins 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 quiet power of introverts

Book: Quiet by Susan Cain Art: Far, far away Soria Moria Palace shimmered like Gold by Theodor Kittelsen Reading time: 7 mins 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 obligation to think with effort

Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Art: Le Triglav by Markus Pernhart Reading time: 7 mins 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 […]

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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 […]