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Self-help is a kind of magical thinking: that’s why it works | Aeon Essays
Believing that there is an answer might be, at least emotionally, more important than whether or not the specific practice is actually successful.
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In truth, without putting time into the physical mechanics of tennis, I would have no chance, even if I was the Dalai Lama. The basics are always more important, and therefore more time-consuming and rigorous, than the esoteric factors. Maybe we in the US need fewer sensational popular psychology books that feed our notions of the power of the self, and more boring, tedious, how-to manuals. While Prometheus steals fire from the gods, Narcissus just stares at his reflection, which unceasingly enchants but, in the end, teaches him nothing.
self-help  self  help  tennis  Dalai  Lama  Aeon  magical  thinking  placebo 
february 2017 by ernie.bornheimer
Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded - NYTimes.com
How strange, then, to see such anger and great discontent in some of the world’s richest nations. In the United States, Britain and across the European Continent, people are convulsed with political frustration and anxiety about the future. Refugees and migrants clamor for the chance to live in these safe, prosperous countries, but those who already live in those promised lands report great uneasiness about their own futures that seems to border on hopelessness.

Why?

A small hint comes from interesting research about how people thrive. In one shocking experiment, researchers found that senior citizens who didn’t feel useful to others were nearly three times as likely to die prematurely as those who did feel useful. This speaks to a broader human truth: We all need to be needed.
trump  president  us  politics  democracy  dalai  lama  religion 
november 2016 by sbostwic
Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded
In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live under the grip of tyrannical regimes. And although all the world’s major faiths teach love, compassion and tolerance, unthinkable violence is being perpetrated in the name of religion.
article  nyt  anxiety  dalai  lama 
november 2016 by joaobarreiros

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