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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 a roller-coaster, even though objectively the experiences are very different. A metaphor works by highlighting […]

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The Power of Seeing Things as They Are (Not How We Want to See Them)

Over the past century, psychology has discovered a lot about how individuals can live happier and more successful lives. A lot of this research is covered in the many articles I write for The Emotion Machine. But what’s just as fascinating to me is how much we can also learn from older philosophies. For example, […]

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Mnemonics: The Forgotten Art of Memory

There used to be a time when memory was the foundation of an intelligent person. Before books, cellphones, and computers, everything a person learned had to be stored inside their mind. In Ancient Greece, scholars would use elaborate memory techniques to remember full speeches, poems, stories, and historical facts. Today we don’t have as much […]

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3 Games People Play to Avoid Taking Responsibility

We often play many games between ourselves and others. But by “games” I don’t mean sports, or video games, or board games. Instead “games” are a form of dishonest communication – usually with ulterior motives involved. In Eric Berne’s influential work Games People Play, a “game” is defined as a set of ulterior transactions with […]

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A Conversation Between Your Positive Self and Negative Self

We’re complex beings. Often times there isn’t one singular self that makes us who we are, but many multiple selves that are tugging away simultaneously. Whichever “self” wins the tug of war is the one that gets to choose how we respond to any given situation. Sometimes our “positive self” wins. Sometimes our “negative self” […]

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