Mental health

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Mental health

Why the willingness to fail is needed to go from failure to success

Failure and success go hand in hand.

We tend to learn the most from our mistakes since we typically experience that as something uncomfortable that we wish to avoid in the future. Thus, this sensation of pain and discomfort incentivizes us to become better to prevent us from going through this trauma again.

Still, failure often has a negative connotation in modern society. Yet, it is extremely valuable, and even necessary in order to improve. But before we can change, we must possess the willingness to fail. Let me explain why.

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Mental health

The shadow side and it’s importance in life

Our shadow side, also commonly called our shadow personality in analytical psychology, is typically that part of ourselves that’s darker, and more brutal. Yet, it’s absolutely required in order to survive.

But because we like to visualize ourselves in a positive light, and as being better than we truly are, we oftentimes desperately try to hide our shadow self. But I say that we should put in the time and effort to integrate that vital part into our personality.

Let me explain why the shadow side is so important in life.

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Mental health

What is arrogance and how to cure it

Every single one of us probably knows someone who’s too proud for their own good. Not to mention, it’s not exactly a desirable, or generally positive perceived trait, either.

I’ve come to realize that most of us are at risk of becoming too prideful, and that ignorance and arrogance are closely related and often linked together.

That’s why I’m going to explain what arrogance is, and how to cure it by employing the following tips.

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Mental health

15 Things parents should never do to their child

We should encourage our children to explore and improve rather than overprotecting them. That’s because mothering them too much will lead to problems later on in life.

I think a lot of parents are well-meaning, but often too well-intentioned for the sake of their children. Sometimes to the point of insanity.

I compiled this list of 15 things parents should never do to their child because I want our youth, as well as our parents to succeed.

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Mental health

Why we see things as we are instead of as they are

Ever wondered why negative people see negativity everywhere they look, and optimistic folks see positivity all over the place?

It’s because we don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. 

Although there are objective, observable truths in life, a lot of our interpretation about what’s happening in this world is extremely subjective and colored by our personal view.

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Mental health

Why active listening is important

Attentively listening is a lost art. It’s certainly much harder than it sounds.

People think they’re listening when they’re conversing with other people. But most of the time, we don’t truly perceive everything. At least not with our full, undivided attention. And all of us know how annoying it is when we’re talking to people only for them to talk over us, or when they’re simply not paying any attention.

We’re often just waiting to chime in, so we can take the spotlight during a conversation. Let me explain why active listening is important.

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Mental health

How challenge leads to growth

Why is that going through painful experiences, and hardships often makes us stronger in the end? That’s because these uncomfortable feelings spur us on to improve.

Let me explain why challenge leads to growth.

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Mental health

Why competence is important for your life

Why is it that the capable people typically get the best results in life, all the while seemingly getting over every hurdle that life throws on their path?

That’s because they’re qualified and capable. This is why competence is important. Because it makes you safer as a result.

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Mental health

What’s the purpose of life?

What is the purpose of life? That’s an important question most of us have asked at some point in our lives, and have caused countless sleepless nights.

Well, there’s one overarching biological purpose of life. The survival of the species. And we know that the spoils go to the victor.

This goal might seem kind of simplistic and primal. But in reality, it’s a real clever and useful tool of human nature to ensure survival of not only the species, but also ourselves as individuals.

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