Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter is the ongoing writing project by Scott Houghton. It covers various topics from psychology and philosophy, to spirituality and self-actualisation. It’s about learning to use your mind to overcome problems, improve yourself and achieve the best life possible.

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How to Deal With Intrusive Thoughts

Introduction Intrusive thoughts are involuntary and unwelcome thoughts or images that are upsetting or distressing to the person experiencing them. They may become an obsession, and are generally difficult to manage or eliminate. They may be a symptom of an underlying disorder including: obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, body dysmorphic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, psychosis, […]


Yoda’s Wisdom for Inner Peace

In this video by youtuber Einzelgänger, he explores the Jedi philosophy in the Star Wars films through the character Yoda. He notes that there are some similarities to the practices found in Stoicism and the teachings of Buddhism. The four points covered in the video are as follows: 1) Detachment sets us free 2) Equanimity is key […]


Meditation: Beginner’s Guide

Introduction Meditation is the practice of trying to achieve mental clarity and an emotionally calm state by focusing your mind on something for a period of time, either in silence or with the aid of chanting. It is often used as part of the path towards enlightenment and self realisation. It has been practiced since […]


The Wisdom of Jordan Peterson

Introduction Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He is also a writer, and his most notable books are Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief and 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. He has given live theatre lectures, and co-created an online […]


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Narcissism Evolving: 3 Disturbing Trends

In this video Sam Vaknin, writer and professor of psychology, discusses the trends of narcissism in the world that should be of concern to us all. Trend 1) Women are now as narcissistic as men. Trend 2) More narcissists are becoming psychopathic or antisocial. Trend 3) Less people have role models, and more people claim superiority. Best quotes […]


How to Overcome PTSD

Introduction PTSD stands for Post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a mental disorder that someone can develop after a significantly traumatic event. Some of these events can include: physical assault, sexual assault, natural disaster, car accident, armed robbery, warfare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience […]


The habits of happiness | Matthieu Ricard

This video is a Ted Talk featuring Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk, who has spent many years studying happiness. Here he shares some of his findings with us, which should allow us to cultivate more happiness in our lives. Best quotes 5:41 “I think the best definition, according to the Buddhist view, is that wellbeing […]


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Coronavirus: Motivational Quotes To Help During This Difficult Time

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” ~ J.R.R Tolkien My interpretation: The world is ruled by both karma and chaos, and since we cannot control everything, we should focus on the power that we do have, and use our time in the wisest manner possible. […]



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