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The benefits of empathy

In a culture like today’s, which is steeped in beliefs and practices of self-sacrifice (essentially, sitting on one’s needs) as well as domination (sacrificing others’ needs), how would things be different if empathy were believed in and practiced instead? I … Continue reading

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The nature of needs, especially psychological needs

Recently, I’ve perused an extensive masters thesis by a researcher and practitioner of nonviolent communication (nvc), Marion Little, which I discovered in the references on the wikipedia page for nvc. She formulated an nvc-oriented program to help adolescents with conflict … Continue reading

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A language of life and self-esteem

The last few months I’ve been studying what seems like a brand new language. I say “seems like” because this language actually isn’t foreign to me or to you, like Chinese or Russian (assuming you’re not bilingual:). Rather it’s what … Continue reading

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Bullshit! hit piece on self-esteem and Nathaniel Branden

Time for a break in a long blogging hiatus. A close friend of mine informed me that Penn and Teller recently did a Bullshit! episode on self-esteem, which can be viewed here (though it might become defunct due to being in … Continue reading

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Owning feelings, then changing them

One of the most important and psychological insights is that feelings are not irreducible primaries. While most people take them as “the given,” feelings are actually the result of our subconscious assessments or interpretations, in the form of super rapid … Continue reading

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