About Steven Handel

Steven Handel is the creator of The Emotion Machine. He has been writing about various topics in psychology and self improvement for over 6 years. Check out his self improvement toolkit for free guides and workbooks. Also check out his recommended psychology books to discover more about how the human mind works.

Systems vs. Goals: Why Sustainability Is More Important Than Temporary Success

When we set goals, we actually set ourselves up for failure. Typically we make a declaration to ourselves such as “lose 20 pounds” or “make a 6 figure salary.” Then we work our butts off to reach these specific goals. … Continue reading

The Power of Koans to Destroy Conceptual Thinking and Provoke Enlightenment

According to Zen philosophy, there are two sides of reality: the phenomenal one and the essential one. Our phenomenal reality is the one we are most familiar with. It consists of everything that we sense (what we see, hear, touch, … Continue reading

Existential Silliness: A Refreshing Perspective on Depression and Life’s Absurdities

Life is too complicated and too confusing for any one mind to fully grasp it. It’s even more complicated and confusing if you suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, or mood disorders – which often make you feel that you have … Continue reading

The “Five Whys” Exercise: How to Recalibrate Yourself During Periods of Turbulence

Life is more chaotic than we’d like to believe. It’s comforting to think we are in control of everything, especially the course of our own life, but we often can’t predict the “ups” and “downs” that will inevitably come in … Continue reading

Effective Altruism vs. Feel Good Altruism: How to Make a Bigger Difference in the World

Many of us have a desire to do good in the world but we don’t quite know how to do it. If a charity advocate comes to your door or approaches you on the street, you may be compelled to … Continue reading