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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Introduction Nihilism is the rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless. The two main types are existential nihilism, which believes that life has no objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value, and moral nihilism which believes that morality does not exist. It is often associated with extreme pessimism and […]
Introduction The word misanthropy comes from the Greek words misos (“hatred”) and anthrōpos (“man, human”), and means a general dislike, distrust or hatred of the human race. Not to be confused with asociality, which is characterised by the lack of motivation to engage in social interaction, or antisocial, which means behaving in a way which […]
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This video by youtuber Einzelgänger is about ‘the shadow’, a concept by Carl Jung to describe the unconscious part of the mind. It talks about the importance of exploring this side of ourselves, and how and why we should begin to integrate it. Best quotes 0:07 “The more we repress, the more we cultivate an […]
Introduction This post is all about the importance of wisdom: understanding what it is, why it is important and how to use it. I strongly believe we are in need of more wisdom in the world and that it can help to solve many of our problems. Conversely, ignorance and foolishness both create and exacerbate […]
Introduction Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. He knew Sigmund Freud, and the two were in correspondence and collaboration for some time on their joint vision of psychology. His work contained a number of new and interesting ideas that helped to advance the field of psychology, including: individuation, archetypal […]
This video explores some ways of attaining inner peace, using the wisdom found in Taoism, an ancient Chinese philosophical and religious tradition. Summary of Lessons 1) Don’t stand on your tiptoes 2:01 “Those who stand on tiptoes do not stand firmly. Those who rush ahead don’t get very far. Those who try to outshine others […]
Introduction Self-harm, or self-injury, is the intentional, direct injuring of your body. It is also sometimes calling self-mutilation or cutting. It is usually done as a way of dealing with painful feelings and memories, or difficult and overwhelming situations. People harm themselves in various ways, including cutting with a blade, burning, scratching, or striking body […]
Introduction Self-hate is the extreme disliking or hating of oneself. It is generally thought of as a more extreme version of guilt and shame. In milder amounts it manifests as persistent negative feelings about oneself and a general life dissatisfaction with life, but in more serious cases it can lead to self-harm, suicide, or potentially […]
Introduction Trying to reach your goals, attain success, and having a worthwhile and meaningful life with a lack of motivation will be an extremely challenging task, if not impossible. Motivation comes from the word motive, which is a need that needs satisfying, or the reason for doing something. If you are able to develop and […]
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This account covers various topics from psychology and philosophy, to spirituality and self-actualisation. Using your mind to improve your life.