Talking To Myself #1: Book Deal, Random Psychology Tips, and Answering Your Questions

In this first episode of “Talking to Myself,” I share some big announcements about my new book deal, as well as some interesting studies on nature and body image, writing and sleeping, sauna bathing, mindfulness and kindness, and the relationship between volunteering and self-esteem. I also answer some of your guys questions on Twitter, including questions on social media and social skills, how to manage an anxiety episode, the effect of pornography on our minds, how to get “revenge” on people who hurt you, forgiving others, and the difference between psychology and neuroscience.


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Conquer Anxiety With Lessons From the Tao Te Ching

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The Tao Te Ching is a little book full of enormous amounts of wisdom.

Written roughly 2500 years ago, the wisdom within is still shockingly relevant today. In fact, one could argue that the “go slow” philosophy of the Tao is more relevant than ever.

Today we live in a fast paced world. We work demanding jobs with long hours, we have families that need nurturing, and we have hopes and dreams that we are still eager to pursue on the side.

Is it any wonder that anxiety disorders are becoming more relevant than ever?

I personally struggled with general anxiety disorder for roughly 10 years. It left me completely drained – physically and emotionally.

One day I stumbled upon the Tao Te Ching. Within weeks I found myself calmer, more present, and more energetic. The psychological baggage I had been carrying around with me for almost half my life was disappearing faster than I could have ever imagined.

As I began to spend time cultivating the completely ignored spiritual part of my being, I found myself more alive than ever.

If you study and apply the Taoist concepts we are about to discuss, I am thoroughly convinced that your anxiety can become all but a memory as well.

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Entrepreneurship, Side Hustles, and Getting Noticed in a Crowded World (Dorie Clark)

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, contributor to Harvard Business Review, and the author of the new book Entrepreneurial You. In this chat, we discuss how anyone can become an entrepreneur in their own way, the importance of having side projects, how to identify ways you can add value to people’s lives, and how to cut through the noise and competition to get noticed in the real world. We also talk about the difference between selling products/services vs. asking for donations, how technology and automation will change the job market, and why “soft skills” like creativity and social skills are less replaceable than pure technical expertise.

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Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

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My Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles of 2017


As we enter the new year, now is a perfect time to reflect back on the past twelve months and the multiple ways we’ve grown and changed as individuals.

The Emotion Machine first started in June of 2009 and currently has over 500 articles about a range of topics in psychology and self improvement including Positive Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation, Stoicism, and much more.

Every year I put together a “Best Articles” list to showcase some of the more popular and well-liked articles that have been published over the past year. This is a great collection if you are new to this site and would like to start diving into what you can learn here.

Here are my best psychology and self improvement articles of 2017 – check them out and see if there is anything you’ve missed, I think you’ll find a lot of awesome tips and advice!

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Make Kindness Cool Again: Practical Ways to Build a Newer, Nicer World (Tara Cousineau)

Tara Cousineau is a clinical psychologist and author of the book The Kindness Cure. In this chat, we discuss the current state of kindness (and cruelty) in our world and practical ways we can make kindness cool again. One big factor is how the internet and social media shape what we see in the world (with an emphasis on negative news) – this can lead to a “cool to be cruel” mentality. We also talk about the importance of both mindfulness and forgiveness when overriding our old impulses and instincts, and how this relates to being a kinder and nicer person in the future.

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Book Recommendation:
The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World

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