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Those are my 7 best-performed stories:

1- How To Identify Pseudo-Intellectuals

Ever wondered how weird some conversations inside your circle go? It would be useful to check this out and know how to spot the kind.

2- The Spiritual and Intellectual Benefits of Walking

To walk is not only an exercise. You were made to move forward. In several aspects.

3- Overcoming Anxiety With Kierkegaard and Rollo May

Use the help of great thinkers between Philosophy and Psychology to overcome anxiety towards a better self.

4- Get Yourself Into Completeness

Do you think you are complete? Nothing you could do…


Finishing the pathetic complaints while people live better than medieval kings

Last week I had an awful feeling inside myself.

Disgust.

Don’t get me wrong. I know that there are people out there with real struggles. I don't particularly appreciate seeing spoiled people complaining in life while they have virtually everything, and I got the impression their numbers are increasing.

Yeah, yeah, the COVID crisis hit a large number of people. Several are unemployed, with jeopardized side hustles. I’m not talking about them.

Let me specify before someone comes here with a moral judgment towards empathy to please their ego:


Exploring our conscious and unconscious selves

From the Greek word Logos, Logotherapy can be translated and understood as a Meaning Therapy.

Whenever someone feels a chronic lack of meaning in their lives, logotherapy is potential help.

Logotherapy was created by psychologist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl and is often called the third Viennese school of psychotherapy. To have an idea of the importance of this, know that the other two psychology schools are Freud’s psychoanalysis and Adler’s individual psychology.

Moreover, this special therapy was consolidated in modern times, with recognition from the American Medical Society, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association.

Nowadays, the Viktor…


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 of it
beware those quick…


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…

Tiago Belé, M.Sc.

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