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Achievement is not the same as fulfilment

Being a high achiever with impressive external accomplishments doesn't necessarily translate into fulfilment and true self-worth.

The lack of self-love or low self-esteem is central to any mental or emotional distress that makes us unhappy. We feel separated from the true Self (the Source) whether we are aware of it or not.

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You are far greater than your ego, but your ego does get in the way. Not that your ego is the enemy. The ego helps you to realise your greatness and break the illusion of separation.

Becoming aware that "something is missing" is a developmental stage (self-actualisation) that comes when the lower-level needs have been met. When you reach this level of development, you have to turn inwards for further development. You have to connect with your true Self, which means you are dissolving your ego.

Reaching an outcome is one thing, but if you don't feel fulfilled, you might be on the wrong path that will not lead you towards the next level of growth.

According to the existential theoretical framework, your whole purpose in life is to know your greatness or self-transcendence. Your passion, desires, and achievements guide your journey towards your greatness.

Internal satisfaction triumphs over achievements. Focusing on busy work may prevent you from having true joy and fulfilment of work.

Your reality starts with self-love. You feel the lack of love because you feel separated from your true Self. You can realise your greatness by simply loving yourself.

Viktor Frankl: the founder of logotherapy

From 1940 to 1942, Victor Frankl was a director of the Neurological Department of the Rothschild Hospital, and from 1946 to 1970 he was the director of Vienna Polyclinic of Neurology.

As the only member of his family to survive the Nazi concentration camps, he developed a theory that individuals can endure hardship and suffering through searching for meaning and purpose.

"Logos" is Greek for meaning, and logotherapy is used to help patients find personal meaning in life.

Viktor Frankl believed humans are motivated by a desire to find meaning in life. He argued that even in the most miserable circumstances, life can have meaning. Viktor Frankl wrote one thing that can't be taken from a person is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.

  • Each person has a healthy core.
  • The primary focus is to enlighten others to their own internal resources and supply the tools to use their inner core.
  • Life offers purpose and meaning. However, it does not promise fulfilment and happiness.

One can discover meaning in life by doing the following:

  • Creating a work (like art) or doing a deed.
  • Experiencing something or encountering someone.
  • By the attitude that we take toward unavoidable suffering.
  • Body, mind, and spirit. Viktor Frankl argued that we have a body and mind, but that the spirit is what we are.
  • Life has meaning in all circumstances, even in the most miserable situations.
  • Meaning is our primary motivation for living.
  • In all circumstances, individuals have the freedom to access the will and find meaning.
  • For decisions to be meaningful, the actions of daily life should match the individuals' conscience.
  • Individuals are unique and irreplaceable.
  • Dereflection: Helping someone focus away from themselves and toward other people, so they spend less time being self-absorbed.
  • Paradoxical intention: This technique involves wishing for the thing that is feared most. For example, a person with a fear of looking foolish might be encouraged to look foolish on purpose.
  • Socratic dialogue: This tool is used to help a patient through self-discovery using his or her own words.

In 1961, psychologist Rollo May, founder of the existential movement in the United States, argued that logotherapy was equivalent to authoritarianism, where the therapist dictates solutions to the patient.

It may be that logotherapy argues that there are always clear solutions to problems and that the therapist's task is to find these. But Viktor Frankl argued that logotherapy really educates the patient to take responsibility.

  • Create something. It gives you a sense of purpose which adds meaning to your life.
  • Develop relationships. It will help you to develop a greater sense of meaning.
  • Find purpose in pain. If you are struggling through something bad, try to find purpose in it.
  • Understand that life is not fair, but it can always have meaning.
  • Freedom to find meaning. You are free to find meaning out of any life situation.
  • Focus on others to help you through feeling stuck in a situation.
  • Accept the worst. It lowers the power it has over you.
The Annual Cycle
  • Spring is when seeds and roots start to grow. It is often wetter and warmer but not as hot when summer comes.
  • Summer is the time when the temperature has the ability to reach its hottest and when forest fires are more frequent.
  • Autumn is when the temperature cools down again, plants become dormant, and it is when animals prepare for hibernation in the winter.
  • Winter is when some areas experience snowing while others experience cold rain.

The availability of experiencing the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter depends on your location.

Those who live in the countries near the equator experience constant temperatures throughout the year where winters and summers are indiscernible due to their position on the outer curve of the earth where it receives constant light from the sun. While areas in the north and south are able to experience the changing of seasons more significantly.

The reason we experience seasons is because of the tilting of the earth towards the sun. How the planet rotates around its axis affects the way we experience the seasons. Such as the summer and winter solstice being our longest and shortest days of the year.

Moreover, other factors also affect the way we experience seasons significantly, therefore the seasons have a wide variety of what we may experience during the year and current location.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around since the 1950s. The original pioneers dreamed of a computer that could perform tasks like humans, such as playing chess or translating languages. But the plans didn't come to fruition, and AI soon fell out of favour.

AI technology continued to improve exponentially over the next few decades. Many organisations now embrace AI as a core element of their business.

Deep learning is just one kind of AI, where AI is loosely inspired by the way our brains work.

Some AIs use advanced statistics to help computers make predictions; others use logic to make deductions about their environment, while others simulate evolution or even swarms of bees to find solutions to difficult problems.

The more advanced AIs can recognise features in images better than us, give expert opinions more reliably than us, and play many games better than us.

But, AI can still not be made with the flexibility and learning capacity of the human brain. Neither do we understand how intelligence arises in humans, making it hard to match AIs with human intelligence.

When you unlock your phone by looking at it, an AI has recognised your face. AIs check for fraud every time you buy something online, monitor your online shopping behaviour, suggest news stories that you are more likely to be interested in, and answer questions in online help desks.

AIs can compose music, design buildings, and paint artworks.

  • If an AI is trusted too much, we may get into trouble. For example, the need for a human in driverless cars.
  • If we train AI with biased data, then the AI will also be biased.
  • AI will lead to job losses, but it will also create many jobs.

AI is created to help us and should not be feared. Like all future technologies, we need to ensure that it is used responsibly.

Social Anxiety Disorder And Overgeneralization

When a person is suffering from depression or other anxiety and stress-related disorders, the tendency is to apply one experience to all future experiences, due to an overly negative outlook. This is known as overgeneralization and can worsen one's mental condition.

Example: If a person fumbles during a public speech, he or she can think that they will never speak in public now without fumbling again, and create a self-impression that they are not good at public speaking.

  • Reframe Your Negative Thoughts: Try to identify your negative thoughts and replace them with empowering positive thoughts. Changing your view will decrease the negative symptoms.
  • Journaling: Identification of negative thoughts can be done by being mindful or by writing down how you feel so that you start to notice patterns.
  • Review Your Thoughts: Challenge your negative thought patterns and focus on the moments that you have excelled and achieved great success.
  • Replace Your Thoughts: Once your negative thought is identified, reviewed, and challenged, replace it with a positive thought, using self-talk and auto-suggestion.

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