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What can philosophy teach us about trusting our judgment?

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Doubt, Truth and the Virtue of Good Judgment

“Doubt is the killer of dreams, doubt is the killer of me”.

One thing seems pretty true – doubt in our abilities, our judgment, our tastes, and our sense of what’s going on is corrosive.  Like acid burning through tissue paper, it can tear through everything we think we know and believe, undermining us and stopping us from doing what we want to do or being who we want to be.  In this article, I’m going to introduce you to a truly effective way of putting your doubts to bed so you can begin to trust in our own judgement.  What am I going to introduce you to?  Epistemology⁠1 – the philosophy of knowledge. Continue reading “What can philosophy teach us about trusting our judgment?”

How do our differences drive conflict between us?

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Two worlds under one roof

Have you ever found yourself in an argument about how to wash and dry dishes or whether to roll-up or simply squeeze the toothpaste tube?  The kind of things that aren’t really important yet spark conflict nevertheless?  I know, I know – these aren’t Earth-shattering issues.  But they highlight something important:  many relationship difficulties can be traced to the different beliefs, values, behavioural strategies, and attitudes that each person brings to the encounter.  Although our differences are what define us and our relationships, they can also generate misunderstanding, mis-communication and conflict – particularly when they’re unspoken and thus hidden, invisible or unknown.  In this article, we’ll see how our personal beliefs, values and behaviours are influenced by the families we’re born into, before exploring some of the pivotal areas where relationship difficulties may arise⁠1 . Continue reading “How do our differences drive conflict between us?”

Why is separating mind and body such a terrible idea?

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The strange case of René Descartes and Madame Guillotine

Ideas float around us like the tiny parachutes from a dandelion puffball, and they can have a huge influence on how we understand ourselves, other people, and the world we live in.  Some ideas are helpful, like the idea that justice is important or that women and men are equally capable; some ideas are just incomprehensible, like the idea that the Earth is flat, that the NASA moon landings were faked, or that the European Union is covertly managing a programme of genocide against white Europeans.  Others are simply old ideas that are still in circulation despite being disproved by advances in our knowledge and understanding.
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How does an understanding of human growth and development offer us the keys to freedom?

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Being human, finding a new freedom

Human relationships are a powerful and potent force in human growth and development.  As we’ve seen in the first part of this article, love, nurturance and developmental support fosters healthy or optimal childhood and adolescent development; in contrast, harmful parenting can set us up with significant problems in living.  In this concluding part, we’ll explore how we can overcome some of the developmental harms that are embodied in our neural circuitry and free ourselves from the impact of interpersonal harm. Continue reading “How does an understanding of human growth and development offer us the keys to freedom?”