The Scipionic Circle
The Scipionic Circle 72: Overcoming Emotional Responses, Navigating Information Pollution, and Shattering Self-Limits
"Why do you find it so hard not to feel and act on emotions, when your rational ordinary mind, whilst calm, logically understands that you should not be…
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The Scipionic Circle 71: Halting Mental Chatter, Overcoming Overwhelm, and Rethinking Failure
"Are you holding yourself to, and judging yourself by, standards of productivity or performance that are impossible to meet?"
The Scipionic Circle 70: Justifying Your Existence, Mastering Mindfulness, and Performing a Self-Assessment
"Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak."
The Scipionic Circle 69: Banishing Negative Thoughts, Time Management Myths, and The Happiness Illusion
"What the system sells as happiness is actually pleasure, a philosophical and economic distinction that makes all the difference between profit or…
The Scipionic Circle 68: Building Your Circle of Compassion, Choosing Friends Mindfully, and Epistemic and Social Confidence
"Here’s something to consider: If you have a friend whose friendship you wouldn’t recommend to your sister, or your father, or your son, why would you…
The Scipionic Circle 67: How to Follow Your Values, the Core Ideas of Buddhism, and a 5-Step Goal Setting System
"Your first step is to write down the virtues exhibited by someone you respect."
The Scipionic Circle 66 (Formally Mind Macros): Dealing With Our Weaknesses, Naïve Realism and Cognitive Blind Spots, and How to Spot…
"We assume that other reasonable people see things the same way we do. If they disagree with us, they obviously aren't seeing clearly."
The Scipionic Circle 65 (Formally Mind Macros): Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Three Stages of Passion, and the Fundamental Attribution Error
"When we look at others we see personality traits that explain their behaviour, but when we look at ourselves we see circumstances that explain our…
Mind Macros 64: Triangulating your views, intelligence and pessimism, and self-observation
"The only way someone can be of help to you is in challenging your ideas. If you’re ready to listen and if you’re ready to be challenged, there’s one…
Mind Macros 63: Defining goodness, doublespeak, and listening without bias
"Don’t get hung up on your views of how things 'should' be because you will miss out on learning how they really are. It’s important not to let our…
Mind Macros 62: Hedonic adaptation (why we’re never happy), risk management, and manipulating our memories
"It turns out, though, that after an initial period of exhilaration, lottery winners end up about as happy as they previously were."
Mind Macros 61: Experiencing life through our perceptions, eudaimonia versus happiness, and the forcing bias
“It's beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society.” — Jiddu…
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