Psyched out—the mental barriers that prevent us from solving global problems

In 1969, Psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published a book outlining five key steps in the grieving process. Decades later, these five steps have entrenched themselves almost ubiquitously into western society’s understanding of grief, with references to them occurring in everything from academic research to pop culture. Flash-forward to 2015—another psychologist, Per Espen Stoknes, has published his … Continue reading Psyched out—the mental barriers that prevent us from solving global problems

What’s wrong with being wrong?

I feel like most of the suffering that we as humans create for ourselves originates with just a few misguided behavioral tendencies that become reinforced by society until they solidify into norms that lead us astray from our true fundamental selves. One of those tendencies is the habit of refusing to admit when we are … Continue reading What’s wrong with being wrong?

Food for Thought: A contemplation on ‘self’

This is another from the vaults--a 4 part blog series in which I contemplate what determines our sense of 'self', and how our internal and external perceptions influence that self.*****************************************************************************************************************Now, beshrew my father's ambition! He was thinking of civil wars when he got me: therefore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect … Continue reading Food for Thought: A contemplation on ‘self’