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 Reduce Suffering

Introduction Suffering and pain are almost inevitable experiences that we will all face at some point in our lives. Whether it is psychological, emotional, physical, or even spiritual, it is unfortunately very likely that we will endure some amount of hardship in one way or another. Having said that, there is a great difference between […]


How to Deal with Suicidal Feelings

Introduction Suicide is the intentional taking of your own life, which invariably is preceded by suicidal thoughts and feelings. This post aims to address and shed some light on this difficult but important health problem. According to a recent article on time.com, “U.S. suicide rates are at their highest since World War II, according to […]


Overcoming Depression

Are you feeling depressed, or do you know someone else who is? Read on to find about more about what it is it, and learn a number strategies to help prevent it, or reduce the severity of the symptoms if you have it.   INTRO Depression is a common mental health problem, which can be […]


10 Quick Mind Hacks

Here are 10 quick mind hacks, to help you get the most out of your life: 1) Goals – To increase the chances of achieving your goals, turn them into S.M.A.R.T goals, which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based. (Bonus tip – Divide your goals into three categories: short term, mid term, and long […]



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2 weeks ago

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Quote: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

My interpretation: Expanding our awareness, gaining insight, and become a more integrated and whole person requires us to courageously face the contents of our unconscious mind, which includes elements of the psyche that have been suppressed. The ‘shadow’ of the mind contains contents of all the things we do not want to face right now, and therefore, becoming more ‘enlightened’ is rarely an easy and simple process.

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Educational Video – Gabor Mate – How culture makes us feel lost.

This video features Gabor Mate, a Canadian Physician, talking about the four types of alienation that many people feel in the modern world, which is based on a theory by Karl Marx.
The four types of alienation are: 1) Alienated from nature 2) Alienated from other people 3) Alienated from our work 4) Alienated from ourselves

Best quotes:
0:40 “We have less contact, we have less intimacy, we have less trust, we have less of a sense of relationship, and that…leads to increased propensity to illness, physical and mental.”
1:15 “When we do work that’s not creative, that doesn’t reflect who we are, that imposes depression, anxiety, a sense of meaninglessness.”
1:58 “What with society does, is it sells a lot of products that substitute for that loss of meaning, in fact, much of the economy is based on the loss of meaning in our culture.”
2:37 “You’re telling me that at some point in your childhood you got separated from yourself, because no infant is born without gut feelings; infants are totally connecting to their gut feelings.”
3:18 “Our gut feelings are not luxuries you know. They tell us what is right and what is wrong. They tell us what is dangerous and what is friendly…and they us what is true and what is false.”
4:00 “When you stress rats in a laboratory by shocking their feet with electricity, they’re more stressed watching other rats being shocked than when they’re shocked themselves.”
4:26 “To move forward all we have to do, not an easy task but it’s certainly available to us, is to get back to our true nature.”


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2 months ago

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Quote: "Just because someone stumbles, loses their way, it doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. Sometimes we all need a little help." ~ Charles Xavier

My interpretation: Don’t be too eager to give up on someone, including yourself, just because they have gone off the right track. If we abandoned hope for all sinners, there would be no one left to have faith in.

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