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And how to avoid being swept by wrong actions and ideas

How do our peers influence us? It feels like this subject is more critical than ever.

Our hyper-connected society gave an immediate product: the possibility to easily correspond with people who think like us. While some individuals may feel a bit less alone because of this, the majority engages in social media groups as a means for self-validation:

If thousands think like me, how could I be wrong?

Where it Began

To thrive within a group is a basic aspect of human beings. We are social animals and became the dominant species by interacting with our peers. We created amazing tools to cooperate…


by Charles Bukowsky

There is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love

beware the preachers beware the knowers beware those who are always reading books beware those who either detest poverty or are proud…


And how this can help us to move forward with our lives

In professional circles and social media, I have read several articles focusing on human relations.

The main point of all of them is that one should be careful when loosening or terminating relations. This could reverberate terrible consequences as corrosion in your professional reputation or locked doors with future employers.

Despite some logical points made for the worker’s life, I can't entirely agree with the approach in our overall existence. Let me make a historical comparison:

History has a special place for famous fearless commanders and generals.

When…


A special and thoughtful piece from 2004

BE, from Pain of Salvation, is a multidisciplinary conceptual work and the fifth studio album by Swedish band Pain of Salvation and The Orchestra of Eternity.

Daniel Gildenlöw, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from the band is the mastermind behind all the lyrics from this album. In the album, he also plays the choirs, electric and acoustic guitar, the mandola, chinese arch, keyboards, percussion on toms, rototoms, eggs, floors, broken cymbals, and samplers.

On progressive rock forums, he is considered a prodigy.

In an interview, he stated the following:

“It depends very much on…


There is hidden power inside anxiety.

“Anxiety can just as well express itself by muteness as by a scream.” — Kierkegaard. The Concept of Anxiety

One of the thorns of our times, anxiety, was a subject widely explored in the philosophical work by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The Concept of Anxiety, written in 1844, is one of the major works that flashed light on existentialism and modern psychology:

“There is no question that the problem of anxiety is a nodal point at which the most various and important questions converge, a riddle whose solution would cast a flood of light upon our whole mental existence.” …


Recognize your bias when thoughts, feelings, and actions are not aligned

Cognitive Dissonance is a psychological theory established in 1953 by Leon Festinger.

It proposes that we have a hidden propensity to hold all our actions and behavior in harmony while avoiding disharmony (or dissonance). This is called the principle of cognitive consistency.

Nevertheless, inconsistency happens among attitudes and behaviors, creating dissonance.

When we are in groups, interacting with each other, we need to adjust our inner reality to the outer reality. We find the balance within those realities by corresponding our mental attitudes with personal actions.

Such continual adjustments between cognition and action result in one of three relationships with…


It’s never just one thing or only one moment that gets you there. But you can pull your own strings.

Recently, I was invited by a Brazilian professor to give a presentation to his research group. The theme would be ‘How did I land a researcher position abroad’. It was supposed to give his students some insights on the subject.

I started to think about the search and jobs databases I used, how to structure the C.V., and how one should behave in a job or Ph.D. position interview. But that did not make any sense to me.

Well. Ok…


How to undo a shattered self with Carl Jung

One should never think that man can reach perfection — he can only aim at completion — not to be perfect but to be complete. That would be the necessity and the indispensable condition if there were any question of perfection at all. For how can you perfect a thing if it is not complete? — (Carl Jung, Visions: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1930 -1934)

In our modern times, too many people are unconscious of the risks of their own behavior and emotions.

We attempt to persuade ourselves that our problems are insignificant and should be overlooked instead…


The limits of being in the present with meditation

Let’s admit. Mindfulness Meditation is mainstream. I also admit I’m a meditator myself, though as not as frequent as I once was.

Mindfulness Meditation can be defined as ‘the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention in the present moment without judgment’, while you pay attention to your own thoughts, emotions, and sensations.

Science has backed up, and it is now proved that Mindfulness Meditation can improve emotion regulation, reduce anxiety symptoms and increase grey matter density in our brains.

Even so, Science can look a bit biased in this subject.

First…


It’s more than just a series of steps.

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.” ― Søren Kierkegaard , Letter to Henrietta Lund, 1847

With the limited scientific knowledge at the time, Kierkegaard did not understand much about…

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