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The Shortcomings of Psychology

The Shortcomings of Psychology

Psychological sciences will always be imperfect because we are trying to observe someone else's subjective experience, but it's the best we've got and the closest an outside observer can get to understanding the inside of someone else's mind.


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How We Think About The Future

How We Think About The Future

  • Thinking about the future is pleasurable and sometimes we’d rather just think about it than get there. Some events are more pleasurable to imagine than to experience.
  • We like to daydream because the mere dream itself can be a joy.
  • The main reason why our


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Wealth And Happiness

Wealth And Happiness

Wealth increases people’s happiness after it removes them from poverty and places them in the middle class.

After that, there is little relation between wealth and happiness.


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About Happiness

About Happiness

The word happiness is used to refer to three related things:

  • Emotional happiness
  • Moral happiness
  • Judgemental happiness

It’s hard to define emotional happiness, but when we feel it, we have no doubt about...


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Experience And Awareness

Experience and awareness are closely related but not the same.

  • Experience refers to partaking in an event.
  • Awareness refers to being cognizant that the event is happening.


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Happiness Is Subjective

All claims of happiness are subjective. And are formed from the perspective of a single human being whose unique collection of past experiences serves as context.

Nobody really knows what happiness feels like for others, so that means we can’t say definitely whethe...


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Our Ability To Imagine

The greatest ability of the human brain is to imagine, to see the world as it has never been before.

But imagination has three shortcomings:

  • Imagination tends to add and remove details, but people do not realize that key details may ...


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The Experience-Stretching Hypothesis

Your experiential background can dramatically change your happiness levels.

Once you know something exists and have experienced pleasure from it, then your definition of happiness changes compared to what it was in the past.


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It refers to judging historical events or people by modern-day standards.

It is largely useless and unfair because you can't expect historical figures to make the same decisions as we do now because they lived in a very different context.


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Negative events affect us but not as long as we expect them. When our psychological immune system is working, we are able to cope with any negative situation that comes our way. 

Explaining events robs them of their emotional impact because it makes the event s...


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The Law of Large Numbers

It happens when a phenomenon arises from very large numbers of something, but not smaller versions of it.

For example, billions of neurons lead to a conscious human brain, but two neurons are not a small version of consciousness.


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Improving the inside view

Wisdom is gained from experience. But our experience is also very narrow and a fragment of the possible lives we could have lived.

  • We can broaden our range of experience by trying a bunch of things. While this may sound silly to someone who is struggling, it is often...

Grow Into It

Grow Into It

Ultimately change will spread from the top down.

This is also about growth.

GROWTH is not forcing. It is ALLOWING.

You allow it to grow inside YOU organically.

☝️But first, you got to have an open attitude. To allow YOUR open mind to grow.

Naturally You Will Lead.

The Law of Perception Marketing

Marketing is not a battle of products but a battle of perception.

There are no best products. It's all an illusion. What exists are perceptions in the minds of the customer.

The logical way to think is that you'll succeed based on the merits of the product. But it i...

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