Alternative theories, Creativity

We Can’t Control Everything And There’s A Beauty In It

[…] nearly all our daily doings go on without conscious awareness; our deepest motivations are shut away from conscious scrutiny; nearly all of our mental life takes place unknown to us; the most creative acts in the life of the mind come to pass unawares.

John N. Gray, Straw Dogs

We strongly believe that we have to act consciously in order to achieve anything, from going to a grocery store to creating masterpieces – we will it, thus it happens. Does it? Does everything we do happen only becase we wished it and actively participated in it? You may think that by wanting to by groceries and going to the store, which is a conscious action, that every other action also comes from our active and conscious participation in it.… Read more “We Can’t Control Everything And There’s A Beauty In It”

Creativity

Education System Doesn’t Fit All

Education systems all around the world are create in such a way that they accommodate the majority of students. At least that’s what it has been portrayed time and time again by every school out there, from those that are deemed the best to those that don’t have such good reputations. The reality is different however.

“One-fits-all” system teaches children from the young ages to adulthood that they should conform to the intellectual standards imposed on them by the society. They are made to believe that their individual preferences and ways of seeing the world don’t matter, as the most important thing is to fit in.… Read more “Education System Doesn’t Fit All”

Creativity, Self-help, Social anxiety

The Benefits of Expressing Negative Emotions

No one likes feeling negative emotions such as sadness, anger, anguish and so on. They make us feel bad, make our world shatter. They can be good for us, right? Wrong. Allowing ourselves to experience negative emotions can actually be beneficial for our mental health. Let me explain.

When you suppress negative emotions you create a mental and emotional problem. Negative emotions breed more negative emotions and what you end up doing is thinking about them instead of letting them go. What happens basically is that you get angry or sad or feel down about something and instead of letting yourself live through those emotions and let them go, you start overthinking things and getting yourself deeper and deeper down the spiral of negativity and despair.… Read more “The Benefits of Expressing Negative Emotions”

Creativity, Self-help

Why is it Important to Know Yourself?

You’ve probably heard this many times before – so many gurus, spiritualists, and others tell you that it’s important to know yourself. Unfortunately, they often deceive people by not letting them actually get to know and understand themselves, instead leading them to accept the guru’s version of themselves. It might not seem as much, but the thing is – you should be your own version of yourself, not someone else’s version of what they think you should be. It doesn’t matter if their intentions are good, and most of the time they are, the important things is that it’s not who you truly are.… Read more “Why is it Important to Know Yourself?”

Creativity

Social Rules – Can We Be Helped?

Can a person be helped if they don’t want to be helped? It’s a difficult question to answer.

Truth be told, deep down everyone wants to be helped. There is no perfect human being with a perfect life. We strive towards that perfect life but we can’t ever get it. No matter how the things may look on the outside, some kind of pain always lies in our souls. It’s perfectly normal because without pain we wouldn’t be humans.

Still, while we all have problems, very few actually seek help to try to resolve those problems. It can be even more devastating if people don’t realize that they have problems.… Read more “Social Rules – Can We Be Helped?”

Creativity

A Guide To Killing Creativity

This time I decided to do something that I usually don’t do and that is – to write a guide on how to kill creativity. I thought to myself – why not? After all, if we are going to kill creativity, let’s do it properly.

Start early

If you are dedicated to killing creativity in people, it doesn’t have much sense to do it when they are adults. By then people have already got used to being creative and using their creativity in the best possible ways. Don’t wait and let them become familiar with the charms of creativity. If you want to do a good job (or at least try to do it), you have to start when they are still young.… Read more “A Guide To Killing Creativity”

Creativity

Gorilla’s Intelligence: A Tribute To Koko

I’ve already talked about Koko, the gorilla and how she changed our perception of her species. Unfortunately, she died on June 19, peacefully in her sleep, only a couple of weeks shy of her 47 birthday (July 4).

Koko was an amazing person, with emotional depth and great intelligence. For those who don’t believe that animals are intelligent, let me tell you this – Koko was given 3 intelligence tests. Those tests were designed for measuring human intelligence but were modified for gorillas. The results showed that her intelligence varied (depending on the test) from 85 to 95. If someone thinks this is low, average human intelligence goes between 90 and 110, while the average low is between 80 and 90, with the average high being 110-120.… Read more “Gorilla’s Intelligence: A Tribute To Koko”

Creativity, Education

Science and Education: We Don’t See The Wood For The Trees

Education is probably the most important thing we should invest in but unfortunately, we are not investing in it enough. I’m not talking about it only in terms of money but most importantly in terms of how we educate our children. We think we are educating them, but are we?

First, let us establish what education means to us. Having in mind school systems all around the globe, it is easy to conclude that we are making a connection between education and information. I’m not saying knowledge; I’m purposefully saying information. Why? The society is more concerned about the amount of information that should be put in children’s heads, than the actual knowledge that should be the result of it.… Read more “Science and Education: We Don’t See The Wood For The Trees”

Creativity

Afraid of Emotions: The Impact On The Society

Emotions are the fuel for existence. Emotions make us feel alive, they push us forward and oftentimes even backward, they make us create and do new things. They are the essence of life. Nevertheless, we fear them. The whole cultures have been constructed around the idea that emotions are bad and that they make you weak that instead of experiencing the whole spectrum of being alive, we spend our lives half-heartedly, pretending to be something that we are not.

Today we do talk about the emotions more than we did in the past, cheering for the idea that emotions are good and necessary for a fulfilling life.… Read more “Afraid of Emotions: The Impact On The Society”

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Time Management and How It Steals Our Time

The society is obsessed with organizing and organization. It seems that the better you are at time management and to-do lists, the better you are as a person. Others praise and value you more. So many books and apps have been published/released around the better management of your time and it seems to me that we are slowly but surely converting into colorful robots, as colorful and diverse as the post-it notes that we love so much.

Recently on Facebook I’ve seen an add that first shows a girl surrounded by colorful post-its, all neatly ticked to the grey, industrial wall (very modern) and while it’s super cool and amazing to be as organized as that chick (and she is super organized and happy) it’s even better to have an app that will do all that fun job of sticking post-it nites to the wall for you and the girl would be much happier than she is now (and she is happy… but you can always be happier, right?).… Read more “Time Management and How It Steals Our Time”