The Gift of Failure and Frustration

In life, we are growing. We grow up, we grow mature. We grow towards our best selves. ⠀ But in order to grow, we need to fail. Without pain, without failure and resistance, without anger and frustration, we don't grow.⠀ You can't walk through life always expecting to live on the bright side.⠀ ⠀ When you stumble across negative experience it is not to ask whose fault was this, who is to blame and how…

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Why do we even have mental illnesses?

Let's think about mental illnesses. How can such an advanced species as humans be so successful on the one hand and then suffer massively from mental illnesses on the other? It is an interesting thought, let's spin it. Sure, an organism can get sick although nature builds everything to strive and thrive. But with harmful circumstances, organisms can fail. Or develop resilience.   So what is it, that mental illnesses like depression and anxiety are…

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The mental health of women in 2019
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The mental health of women in 2019

Statistically, women have a higher risk for several mental issues than men. About one in four young women deal with anxiety, depression, eating disorders or obsessive-compulsive disorders. And the numbers are on the rise. Even worse are the percentages of girls thinking about suicide. They are 6% more girls than boys who think about suicide between 13 and 18 years. It is estimated that one in 14 women have attempted suicide. Suicide among young women…

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Psychology short-cut on how to stop getting anxious

The emergency button for not getting anxious. Sometimes, I am so anxious about not getting anxious, about becoming someone and planning the plans, that I almost lose myself. I lose trust, in myself and everyone else around me. The tricky thing is, if you’re in the middle of this, you don’t realize that you are actually self-sabotaging. It’s the irony between knowing and understanding your destructive patterns, but doing it wrong anyway.   What helps…

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What is spirituality and what it is not

A personal (higher) perspective on spirituality For me, spirituality is not a (religious) belief system. It does not include believing nor a system. It is a free and broad understanding of human beings, their divine nature and the interaction with the world and the universe that surrounds them. Including the laws of physics and biology and the growing knowledge of psychology. While you study one (or more) field(s) of science, you will find a limit…

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