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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 […]

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 […]