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Practical Psychological Tools, Insights and Strategies for Dealing with Everyday Life

Someone once defined stories as “equipment of living.”  Although nonfiction, the documents int his section are also designed to be equipment for living.Explore this section for tools, insights and strategies for dealing with the many difficulties of human incarnation.

 

Problems with the Conspiratist World View

The conspiraitist world view---the belief that a unified cabal of elitists is manipulating world events, mind controlling the population, that we already live in a police state and a New World Order, etc. has become ubiquitous in global culture. It is the premise of so many facebook posts, viral memes, websites, radio shows and movies. It transcends red and blue and is as likely to be heard amongst the far right and the far left. It is a perspective widely held in Europe, Central and South America, the Arab world, Australia, New Zealand and almost any place you can think of. Typically, the purveyors of this point of view think they are daring revolutionaries waking up the sheeple, etc. and don't seem to notice that they are actually just one more of a vast and growing multitude who hold this perspective. Many of these people are close friends of mine. My challenge to them is to listen to this talk and consider whether this worldview actually represents an awakening rather than a distorted perspective riddled with problematic assumptions and reality testing issues.

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Ego’s Last Words

“I’m Losing.” ----Frank Sinatra’s last words, May 14, 1997 I’m really not trying to diss the grand old crooner, and really hope some goombah out there doesn’t break my legs for writing this. This is more about Sinatra as a mythological personification of the ego rather than a personal diss. It’s business, not personal.

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