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 Manage Stress

Introduction Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. It can also be thought of as a type of psychological pain. In small amounts, it is tolerable, and can even be beneficial and health. In excessive amounts, however, it can lead to mental fatigue and pshycial […]


Steve Vai – Life Lessons

This video features American guitarist Steve Vai, who shares some words of wisdom and lessons he has learned in life. He also covers his experience of depression, and how he tried to get out of it. 0:00 “If you change the way you’re looking at something, whatever you’re looking at will change.” 0:28 “Probably three […]


How to Handle Panic Attacks

Introduction Panic attacks are periods of intense fear or worry that suddenly occur, and are usually accompanied by physical symptoms, including: sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, palpitations, increased heart rate, numbness, chest pain, nausea, and a feeling of impending doom. The duration may vary from a seconds to hours, but usually last for minutes. They […]


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 […]



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2 weeks ago

Mind Over Matter - Scott Houghton
Quote: "Everyone has a story to tell, and if they do not tell it, or others do not listen, then the morals contained within that story will make themselves known in other ways, usually to everyone’s regret."Explanation: Everyone’s life is like a story, and these stories often contain important moral lessons that we should learn from. Ultimately, we all want to be understood and empathised with, but when people feel they are not being seen or heard, they may escalate their behaviours until rapport is established, which is why communication is so important.#quote #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotesaboutlife #wisdom #wisdomquotes #morality #moralityquotes #moralofthestory #empathy #communication #mindovermatter #mindovermatterscottInstagram: www.instagram.com/mindovermatterscottReddit: reddit.com/r/mindovermatterscottPatreon: patreon.com/mindovermatterscott See less See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Mind Over Matter - Scott Houghton
Quote: "Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow you reap. What you give you get. What you see in others exists in you." ~ Zig ZiglarMy interpretation: If you do not like the picture that your life reflects back to you, it might be time to consider whether your actions leading up to this moment may have contributed to it in some way. This does not mean we ‘deserve’ every bad thing that happens to us, but the energy you put out into the world has a way of coming back to you, days, weeks, months, or even years later.#quote #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotesaboutlife #wisdom #wisdomquotes #karma #karmaquotes #morality #energy #spirituality #motivation #motivationalquotes #mindovermatter #mindovermatterscottInstagram: www.instagram.com/mindovermatterscottReddit: reddit.com/r/mindovermatterscottPatreon: patreon.com/mindovermatterscott See less See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Mind Over Matter - Scott Houghton
Quote: "Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them." ~ Marcus AureliusMy interpretation: A life without appreciation and imagination will be dull and lifeless, so it is important to remind yourself of the beauty and wonder that exists every once in a while.#quote #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotesaboutlife #wisdom #wisdomquotes #marcusaurelius #marcusaureliusquote #appreciation #imagination #stoicism #stoicmindset #motivation #motivationalquotes #mindovermatter #mindovermatterscottInstagram: www.instagram.com/mindovermatterscottReddit: reddit.com/r/mindovermatterscottPatreon: patreon.com/mindovermatterscott See MoreSee Less
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