Akim

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  1. My mind is sometimes just grabs on topics and think on them obsessively. Have anyone dealt with it, what would be your advice?
  2. In your search be humble and respect opinions of others. Learn about that thing called projection. When you read scriptures, religions or speak to people for that matter, be careful not to put your inner psychological problems on them like ancients populated the sky with constellations with meaning for them. When thing is complex, like Bible, people find lots and lots of thing in it, and many don't agree. But may be it is useful for them, hard to tell. Just keep that in mind in your research. Also keep in mind, for many people it is a dear thing.
  3. Look, this is a very, very, very hard and difficult question. Do not just believe someone who happen to answer you. If this question bothers you don't believe anyone who says they will give you answer, thread carefully and use your best judgment. Here is how I would start thinking on it, may be it will be useful for you. What is a question? Why do feel the need to have an answer on it? What is real? What feeling do I have about this question? What thoughts and I ideas I have? Why am I bothered by that question? By no means just intellectually answer it, if you believe you can answer with your heart better than with your mind than why not? Of course you can ask people questions, but you have to do the difficult job of resolving it for yourself, or so is my current opinion. May be I think too much, hope this was useful.
  4. How I see this video in light of the title "Is this Science or Rhetoric -- Exploring the Arrogance of Psychological Explanations". Some preliminary definitions. This comment is my narrative weaving. The guy in the video also has his narrative. Science is the narrative that holds up to very high standard of verification. Rhetoric is a technique of creating narratives so that they are more persuasive. The narrative of this guy holds up at least in that it allows him to do his job. And also allows him to provide a feeling of insight in people listening to him. It is arrogant in a sense that psychology is a handmaid of current cultural narrative. Some people in current times who are vied as damaged would be saints or god's fools and have high position in medieval times. And conversely some people who are admired now would be viewed as sinners and persecuted. Society as a whole tries to maintain a consistent narrative of reality and hold itself together. But reality is really complex, it is very hard to do that, there are infinite number of specific unique situations ans so on, so that arrogance is understandable. It doesn't mean that psychology is not useful.
  5. That as an interesting way to look at it. Come to think of it looks like he does focus on the negative more. Even his Easter message is somewhat sobering and a little bit tragic not joyful and happy as in traditional Christianity. But may be the current culture needs and craves it. Reminded me of: from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell, who is another great researcher of myths.
  6. Check out Jonathan Pageau WARNING: these videos have some political, archetypal and egoic charge, be meta about it, don't let it distract you. but instead use as a guide to understand yourself and other people.
  7. I try to go meta with awareness on them. That way you can de-convolute the mess of your current Being. Thoughts and emotions guide your behavior and there is a lot of inefficiency than can reduced. For example, suppose, you do regular work. This behavior may involve a lot of resistance, fear of consequences, desire to do other things and so on. This produces suffering, occupies a lot of you computation capacity in producing thoughts about all that and so on. If you become more aware of this mechanism it may gradually reduce emotional value on all sides producing the same behavioral result or even better behavioral result. You feel lighter and your awareness is freed up to do other things. In such a way you harmonize your life and make it more wholesome. that is something to ponder upon
  8. Half of scientists now believe in God or higher power http://www.pewforum.org/2009/11/05/scientists-and-belief/
  9. I tried, as far as I can understand they are experiences extracting patterns from other experiences, symbolizing and simplifying them.
  10. I don't follow, why thought can't be rational, logical and reasonable even if it runs me? Those are words that describe qualities of good thoughts.
  11. I can try to answer from their side. What is the point of using words if they don't grab on something stable, some persistent pattern and can't be verified by other people I communicate with? There is a consistent vocabulary, way to live and view the world that was refined by many many people. Why rationalist should stop listening to scientists who have a consistent narrative and can demonstrate the result of their work in experiments and working technology? Why should they listen to some guys saying truisms that feel good?
  12. I had mystical states, crazy synchronicities. I do spiritual practices from traditional religions. Drug use doesn't look good from the outside, like at all. It is like people loose ability to use words in normal sense. comment on this video:
  13. Great video. It shows clash of two paradigms. There are two systems of experiences: rational, that is coherent, independently verified, very stable. You can write things and read them decades later, do collaborative research, etc. fluctuating subjective experiences, that can subjectively feel more real for people using chemicals and can be healing for some people I can't speak for chemicals, but I think romantic experiences are somewhat similar. They can drastically modify what feels real and true, like that girl is so good and kind hearted, it is so real, how others don't see this. In case of romantic relationships it is fine tuned by evolution, probably healthy and beneficial in most or many cases. It is produced by evolved chemical change in the brain and it still causes a lot of trouble for many people. With drugs it is like using sledge hummer on the brain's reality interpretation mechanism. Though, it probably can be cautiously scientifically studied and can possibly lead to great new cures for some illnesses or even new ways to be more creative and having insights without harming yourself long term.
  14. It is also traditionally often used as a sort of affirmation of how you want to change yourself, not only what you want from the outer world. For example, Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian: from An Explanation of the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian: the whole text
  15. Several suggestions, may be some of them will work for you. Accept that you have have lower threshold for negative emotion activation than most people ans so you need to be more compassionate to yourself and also more creative in finding ways to deal with it. Try to improve your social situation, cultivate bonds with good people. If you are in relationship, sex, physical touch can help. If you are not you can go to massage or something like that. Try some bath or other raw body experiences like that. Find small or big things that make you feel more happy, confident, in control and do them. Try to face and become more conscious of the problems that you have without repeated negative thoughts. Try to look at them from different angles, think what can you improve in your situation. Try to act in opposite of negative feeling. If you avoid something, it can reinforce negative pattern in your brain, if you approach it and survive negative pattern becomes weaker. If you are stuck in negative loop think something like "OK, this is bad, but it is no good to think how bad is it, it is better to think what are the solutions or things in other areas that I can do to improve my overall situation". Walk outside, preferably in nature, if you can. Meditate, for example loving kindness meditation If you are religious may be prayer can help. Try to verbalize something that bothers you, write it down. May be you can do something about it. Or you can let go, you can try to burn the paper down it or destroy in other way and see if it helps. Build routines, so that you can go through your day and have a good one without having to make too much decisions. Have meaningful rituals in your day, to give it structure. Consume wholesome information. It may be stupid like https://www.reddit.com/r/wholesomememes/ and also it is not stupid if it works or you can watch some comedy, try older movies, I personally find many of them calmer and warmer. Try fiction books. Avoid information that is not helpful to you. It may be news, resentful negative memes, nihilistic relativistic philosophy and so on.