The Pragmatic Thinker: Keeping Our Beliefs Grounded in What Matters

We all have a philosophy about life whether we realize it or not. Your philosophy represents the beliefs you have about how the world works, as well as the values you strive to achieve and uphold. But philosophy isn’t just … Continue reading

6 Moral Taste Buds That Shape Our Morality: Why We Have Different Beliefs in Politics, Religion, and Morality

Why do we all have such a hard time agreeing on issues of politics, religion, and morality? According to moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt in The Righteous Mind, groups like liberals and conservatives operate on different “moral foundations” that make it … Continue reading

Metaphors We Live By: How Metaphors Frame Our Experiences in Different Ways

Metaphors are a way to explain one experience in terms of another experience. For example, think of the metaphor “The movie was a roller-coaster.” In this metaphor, we are comparing the experience of watching a movie to the experience of … Continue reading

How Perfectionism Destroys Happiness

If you want to never be happy or satisfied with your life, one great way to do that is to raise your expectations to an unrealistically high standard that can never possibly be met. This is the essence of perfectionism. … Continue reading