There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Cutting-edge and ancient techniques for overcoming exhaustion.
Anna Katharina Schaffner Ph.D.
Manifesting is a dangerous self-help trend that advocates magical thinking and is based on a victim-blaming ideology.
Are gravity’s laws torture? Does it feel as though the cosmos has conspired to pull you down? There is hope when our hearts feel hopeless and heavy.
Perfectionism can make you ill, exhausted, and burnt out. But you can also learn how to turn it into a positive quality by being a "good enough" perfectionist.
ACT teaches us to FEEL good, not to feel GOOD. And it takes mind metaphors seriously.
How can we distinguish effectively between unchangeable external factors and improvable internal factors in burnout?
Many of the best self-improvement books were written in the long-distant past.
Do you believe in willpower and our unlimited ability to shape ourselves, or that we are to a large extent determined by nature and nurture?
Self-labelling is not just an exercise in branding, but a deeply revealing cultural practice, indicative of dominant social and cultural trends.
A simple ACT technique may be a highly effective means of freeing us from narrative warfare and enabling us to engage in shared value-led action
There are encouraging signs that we are moving toward more other-oriented social values. It is high time, and we will all benefit.
Humility is not just an ancient virtue with a rich history, but also a trait with significant positive effects on our cognitive, interpersonal, and decision-making skills.
Continuously deepening our self-knowledge should be our primary psychological aim. It is the basic prerequisite for all learning and growth.
How Stoic thought can help us cope in the COVID-19 world.
During a pandemic, altruism matters more than ever, not just for keeping our and others’ spirits up, but also for overcoming the outbreak.
Anna Katharina Schaffner, Ph.D. is a writer and a professor of cultural history at the University of Kent. She has a lifelong passion for the art of self-improvement.