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Book summaries, lifehacks, tips and psychology

How Limerence and Passionate Love Transforms Your Mind

During the course of a human life, chances are high of being struck by a bout of passionate love so strong, so powerful, that it completely takes control over your thoughts and imaginations.

You wake up, and immediately start to wonder what the person you desire is up to today. You go do your groceries, and hope to meet them somewhere among the aisles. You see some person’s someone’s reflection in a window pane, and imagine it to be your one true love.

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Guide your life with the concept of Ikigai

What is Ikigai

 

In the Japanese language, Ikigai is a compound word where:

  • Iki = alive, life
  • Kai = result, benefit, value

Put the two terms together and you have a word that translates to “reason for living”.

Now, one might question why such a term is actually needed since many languages come with their own particular words for this notion.

But Ikigai doesn’t just describe a simple concept. It encompasses a philosophy that helps one actually achieve this “reason for living”.

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Unconditional Love for Practical People

What is unconditional love

In its true, semantic meaning unconditional love equals affection without any sort of limitation. Love simply flows towards someone (or even an ideal) without any sort of restraint. One might even call it “true love”.

But this definition raises some tough possibilities that beg the question: “without any limits? Seriously?”.

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What if an Artificial Intelligence chooses suicide?

Whenever we think of super intelligent AI’s, we imagine complex entities like Skynet in the Terminator movies or the machines in the Matrix series. Alternatively, they might be helpful, like many of the robots in the stories of Isaac Asimov.

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(Summary) Flow: The Pyschology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

What is flow?

 

Flow is the state of total immersion while doing an activity. Flow comes from the intense concentration around your own actions and their immediate feedback. Think of a painter who carefully observes how straight his lines are or the accuracy of his colors. Think of a chess player who eagerly awaits his opponents move, all the while planning his own.

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(Summary) Childhood Disrupted

Childhood Disrupted” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa explores the lasting impact childhood trauma can have on your biology.

The book’s premise centers around the negative (and on few ocassions, positive) impact stress can have on a child’s development into adult life.

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[Summary] Works Well With Others

Works Well With Others” by Ross McCammon tackles some of the thorny issues in our professional lives, such as job interviews, day to day workings relationships with colleagues, superiors and clients.

Humorous, quick to read, and an all around fun experience, “Works Well With Others” is a go-to book for those who want to learn the ropes of the office environment, and offers quite a few actionable tips and tricks to help you survive through an office job.

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Anagenesis and Cladogenesis: Definitions and Differences

Anagenesis and cladogenesis are the two main ways speciation occurs. One involved the slow transition of one species to another. Cladogenesis involved the separation of a species into two or more groups, with each group then becoming its own separate species.

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Quantum Physics with Drawings of Yellow Men

The building blocks of the universe are particles and waves.

Particles, such as neutrons or atoms, come together to create bigger and more complex structures, like molecules. Put together 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom and you end up with a water molecule. Put many water molecules together and you have a glass of water.

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The 5 chemicals that control your behavior

By now it’s no secret that chemicals in our brain play a crucial part in our psychological well being, but how exactly does the whole process work? And why does this aspect of human biology even exist?

Things you can learn from this article include:

  • Why we enjoy the feeling of dominating other people.
  • How you can create habits.
  • The evolutionary reason for boredom.

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