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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?”

What can human growth and development tells us about how I became me and you became you?

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Being human and finding freedom

As our understanding of human growth and development improves, we get a clearer idea of how problems like anxiety and depression develop.  And alongside this, we also gain a better understanding of how to engage with and overcome mental health problems.  And the best thing?  It looks like we have the power to heal and transform ourselves – within us. Continue reading “What can human growth and development tells us about how I became me and you became you?”

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