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Free Won’t: Why You Shouldn’t Take Any Single Thought Too Seriously

You can’t take any single thought you have too seriously. Why? Because your mind is a lot like a “mental playground,” constantly generating and experimenting with new solutions and new ideas. Therefore, no single thought can possibly define you. So you had a scary or negative idea, or image, or dream? No big deal – […]

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Just You and Your Thoughts

Imagine just you and your thoughts, alone in an empty room, with nothing else to distract you. How long would you be able to spend in this room by yourself? For most people, the answer seems to be “not very long at all.” In a recent study published in Science, participants were asked to spend […]

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Create Your Own Personal Philosophy

The importance of creating your own personal philosophy, and not just identifying yourself with one school of thought.

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The Mindbus Technique: A Visualization for Defusing Negative Thoughts

The mindbus technique is an exercise often practiced in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The basic idea is to imagine yourself as the driver of a “mindbus” and to imagine your thoughts as passengers riding this bus with you. This is a great way to become more mindful of your thinking, while at the same […]

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When You Have to Completely Breakdown Before You Can Rebuild Yourself

Often times it takes a major catastrophe in our lives before we can find the motivation to make a change for the better. This is an unfortunate tendency in human nature. When things are just going “OK” in life, we are usually comfortable keeping the status quo. Things aren’t that bad, so why change anything? […]

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