Category: personal development

personal development

Hope In Hell

In Paul Jenkins and Clayton Crain’s Universe, Tom Judge, via the artifact the Rapture, has the ability to grant hope in hell (or take it away). I often think about the Nineties pantheon or musicians and culture and think I can’t help but find that same concept.  It seems less prevalent today, where corporate culture tells …

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Ego

I’m torn on ego. On one hand, it’s clear the thing can get out of control.  See: Donald Trump, Gwyneth Paltrow, my old bosses.  (Although, I suspect a better explanation for all three might be deep seated insecurity combined with defense mechanisms and entitlement excess.) On the other hand, it’s important to have a centre, …

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Prediction Or Hindsight

I’ve read a lot of self-help books.  Some are better than others, but one thing most of them have in common is that they tend to tout the achievements of their past as the indicators of their essential guruhood. Some just give a simple statement of credentials.  Others repeatedly drill the lessons they learned from …

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Kindness Toward The Self

I’m trying to get a little bit more of this in today. I’ve been fairly down on myself for the past week or so, questioning my skills and my abilities and generally wanting to scrap it all and start over.  Again. For the thousandth time.  At least. Part of that is the comedown from an …

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Value And Manipulation

I read a lot of self-help books. It started a few years ago, when I was desperate and lost and suffering in a job I hated.  Prior to that, I’d considered it all bullshit, smoke and mirrors by elaborate con men who wanted nothing but to fleece the vulnerable from their hard earned cash. And …