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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The Wisdom of Carl Jung

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 […]

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Taoist Wisdom For Inner Peace

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 […]

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Self-harm: an Overview and Alternatives

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 […]

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How to Resolve Self Hate

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 […]

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How to Build Motivation

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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How to escape education’s death valley

This video is a great ted talk by Sir Ken Robinson, which is about the role of education, and where the modern school system appears to have gone wrong. Best quotes 3:14 “There are three principles on which human life flourishes, and they are contradicted by the culture of education.” 3:28 “The first is this […]

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How to Deal with Loneliness

Introduction Loneliness is the reaction to physical isolation, or perceived isolation and alienation in the presence of other people. It can cause a variety of unpleasant emotional responses, and can increase the risk of a number of health problems. Research has shown that loneliness is prevalent throughout society, including people in marriages, relationships, families, veterans, […]

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The Bomb in the Brain

This 6-part video series, which features youtuber and philosopher Stefan Molyneux, explores the causes of violence, and the effects of childhood trauma on brain development. It is an important and interesting subject, particularly if you are interested in psychology, the causes of violence or child development. (If you only have time to watch one video, […]

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Anxiety – an Overview and Ways to Treat It

Introduction Do you often feel anxious, 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. Anxiety is a common mental health problem, which is prevalent […]

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Metanoia – How and When to Change Your Mind

Introduction Of all the things you could change in your life, which is the most important: a new job, a new relationship, a new location, or a new hobby? As important as they all may be, nothing is as important as the ability to change your mind. This post is about metanoia, which comes from […]

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Quote: "What we guide ourselves by is love of virtue, not hatred of evil. The hatred of evil is the shadow cast by the love of virtue, but do not stare so long into the pit, into the abyss, into the true moral horrors of human behaviours to the point where you lose your way." ~ Stefan Molyneux

My interpretation: The world is full of good and bad, right and wrong, light and darkness, and if we are not careful, we can easily end up becoming that which we once hated. This process happens by neglecting our virtues and values, caused by our fear of and hate towards the bad things in the world. As the saying goes, ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’, so we must be mindful of our values and not allow the difficulties of life to change and corrupt us.

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Quote: "Fall down seven times, get up eight." ~ Japanese proverb

My interpretation: This simple but powerful Japanese proverb reminds us to keep trying and not to give up, even when times are difficult and we feel close to defeated. Life will test and challenge you, and you may even be brought to your knees, but it does not matter as long as you are able to stand up again. After all, few great victories were won without persistence and resilience.

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