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The Neuroscience of Motivation

Lack of motivation is a common complaint in the 21st century. Many people talk about feeling a lack of motivation. There are many factors that control how motivated a person feels: incentives, deterrents, personal interest, cognitive dissonance, past childhood traumas, and dopamine levels all rate highly. 1,799 more words

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Are Relevant Experiences Required for Understanding?

Sometimes I hear a conversation partner say, “I would like to discuss my relationship with my children. Do you have any children?” The implication is that having children of my own is a necessary condition for being able to adequately discuss his relationship with his children. 686 more words

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Philosophical Therapy

What is Philosophical Therapy?

Philosophical theory is a drug-free, talk-based therapy that is an alternative to modern psychology and psychiatry. It has its roots in Ancient Greece and Rome, with geniuses like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and Galen as its founders and practitioners. 300 more words

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The Freedom to Be with What is Happening

Each time one converses with whomever one converses to not be attached to the conversation going in any preset direction. Can we meet that challenge, embracing it, or would we find it too demanding and dangerous to try, for who knows where it would go, when it will end, or how it will bring itself to a finale? 245 more words

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Annoyances and Endearments

It can happen that another person’s annoying tics or habits can become, in the eye of the viewer, terms of endearment. Puzzlingly, the person may have done nothing to modify her behavior, may not even be consciously aware of such tics or such a disposition, and nothing observable may have happened in the life of the percipient, yet somehow the percipient’s feelings have changed. 241 more words

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Changing Perspective

Sometimes, often times really, we yearn for a changed perspective, as if it is the panacea for all human suffering. Suffering is after all categorically evil. 1,300 more words

Callousness Toward the Stranger and the Good Samaritan Today

When the stranger lies bleeding along the side of the road, is it our first instinct to go toward him and ask what he needs? Or do we pass by him, murmuring, “What is that man to me?” 292 more words

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