Friendship & Play as Vital Medicines

Life arose spontaneously when given sufficient energy, and has always been defined by continuous exploration and expansion. Situational inhibition, the restriction of avenues to discovery, atrophies the organism. Stasis is antithetical to life, and embedded mechanisms maintain this law by gradually shutting down dormant organismal components--holistic rigor mortis. For some perspective: 10-15% of muscle strength … Continue reading Friendship & Play as Vital Medicines

Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

"To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light." –Carl Jung, Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology What we fail to manifest socially, constructively, generatively, when we’re conditioned into a reductive, shrinking energy, inevitably manifests as its shadow equivalent: addiction, destructive impulse, cumulative escapism; evil. Rage instead of righteous indignation that … Continue reading Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness

We continually armor and arm ourselves with whatever most pleases our sensibilities and simultaneously appears most useful. Our calibration systems for this can be distorted from an early age, as a consequence of intense stress, and thus one comes to calibrate maladaptively, and armor themselves with superfluous junk, rust, and poison, that only serves to … Continue reading Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness

Conquering Resentment & Learned Helplessness

When existential pain reaches a threshold no longer bearable, and if you’re equipped with sufficient will-to-curiosity, the adequate intellectual humility to seek what’s necessary, you have created a chance for a meaningful, justifiable existence to transmutes the pain into a worthwhile facet of your journey: “If we affirm one single moment, we thus affirm not … Continue reading Conquering Resentment & Learned Helplessness

Shaping our Stances: The Psychology of Opinionated Rigidity

People are usually unwilling to consider another viewpoint’s validity or change their opinion unless they (consciously or not) believe it will benefit them. This usually involves a subconscious prioritization of fallacious shortcuts to reduce cognitive dissonance, ego defense, social circle groupthink and assimilation to maintain short-term harmony, internal and external. If the pursuit of truth … Continue reading Shaping our Stances: The Psychology of Opinionated Rigidity

Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration

A sustained tolerance to stressors seems ever-expandable, as novel fears are confronted, explored, and conquered, although various factors and phenotypes maintain a baseline discomfort in certain situations, and it seems that no amount of exposure therapy will completely habituate them. In these people, I suspect a maladaptive psychology creates branching dysfunction, where cumulative pathological perceptions … Continue reading Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration

Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha

[Originally written January 2016] The works of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche introduced me to challenging philosophical ideas which formed a great part of my thinking in recent years. These thinkers were both German and they both lived in the 19th century. Schopenhauer came first. He espoused a philosophy that was admittedly pessimistic. He believed … Continue reading Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha