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Tag Archives: observations about psychology
Cultivating anger is ultimately self-destructive. It’s also a choice, not a necessity. Philosopher Martha Nussbaum’s book, Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice, which I’ve recently read, provides a liberating framework for thinking about this topic. I’m sure I’m going to … Continue reading
It’s not stupid to make a mistake the first time…
A person who sets out to insult or deliberately offend someone reveals nothing about their target, but much about themselves.
We’re often presented with what appear to be binary choices–it has to be one thing or another. (This path/that path, good/bad, conserving/liberating.) The truth is that it is almost always both/and, not either/or.
Just because someone is good at ridiculing those they disagree with doesn’t make them right.
The people who most invoke strong feelings in you (anger, disgust, fear, hatred, etc.) are the ones who have the most to teach you.
Nothing is ever as simple as you think it is.
People do what makes sense to them. If they do things that don’t make sense to you, it’s because there’s something you don’t understand. Don’t judge them until you’ve made a serious effort to put yourself in their place.
JD Landis says that all things become more difficult the longer you don’t do them.
Olympic track coach Jack Lynch says that the purpose of competition is to bring out your best performance, not to diminish your competitor. (The winning that really matters is when you are able to exceed your own expectations of yourself!)