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Category: Psychology

I Hate My Life – You Won’t Hate It Anymore After Reading This

It takes a lot to say “I hate my life”.

The reasons are different from person to person. But they all feel the same: that no matter how much you struggle, quality of life stays the same. Or gets worse.

You put in the work, do the right thing, sacrifice yourself whenever required. Yet you can’t seem to catch a break or win a personal victory.

Worse yet, even if you do win something, you’ll find the victory is hollow or meaningless.

If you compare your present life to the one you had 2-5-10 years ago, nothing much seems to have changed.

It’s like trying to race a marathon while stuck on a treadmill.

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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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(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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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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This theory explains why you can’t love someone forever

If you are like me, you’ve probably been taught that fulfillment in one’s personal life means connecting with someone who you love and loves you back, marrying them and creating a stable and happy family. It seems so simple and natural, something inherently human and common to all of us.

But is it?

Sex at Dawn authors Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha delve into our ancestors love lives and sexual relationships in a time when monogamy didn’t exist yet as a generalized way of life, and through their findings put forward a thought provoking theory in regards to our sex lives and relationships.

What you can learn from this book:

  • Why monogamy is unnatural for humans
  • Why women moan during sex
  • Why men and women have a different path to orgasm

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