Self-respect is the first step in building healthy self-esteem and a stable ego. When we don’t respect ourselves, we let people or institutions around us dictate our worth, manipulate us, or gaslight us into forgetting our inherent value.
Many people lose the ability to respect themselves when aspects of their life that they have previously put their value on collapses — getting kicked out of school, being cut from a sports team, losing a job, closing a company, ending a relationship, and more.
While this is fair and expected, we can’t stay in the gutter forever. We have to remember…
One of the first signs that I could possibly fall into gaming addiction was when I started playing Ragnarok Online at seven years old. Growing up, I was a problematic middle child with a penchant for getting into trouble. I would cut classes, run away from home, and at one point, engaged in a violent altercation with my brother. We threw plates at each other because he thought I stole his +7 Very Very Strong Windsmith’s Blade.
Growing up, I had always been fascinated with Magic The Gathering, but I have also found it intimidating.
I’d pass by hobby shops where competitions would take place. Dozens of people, mostly men, would sit on foldable chairs with various colored cards in their hands. It always looked so serious and so complicated. It never felt like it was a space for me.
In 1993, Dr. Richard Garfield launched the first Magic core set at the Origins Game Fair in Dallas. Decades later, it’s a game that has evolved to be highly technical, strategic, and expensive. …
Despite being the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, hypnotic therapy has been tainted with images of stage tricks and cult-like representations. While how effective hypnosis is highly dependent on the individual, many studies have shown that they can be used for therapeutic means.
As modern medicine advances, many studies have shown not just the psychological effect of hypnosis, but also the physiological. A 2016 Stanford study revealed that the brain can be physically altered during a hypnotic trance.
The study showed that while only 10% of the population being categorized as “highly hypnotizable,” there has been varying success with using…
Within 7 seconds, people have already made their mind about you as a person; Here is how to make every second count.
You do not get a second chance at first impressions. While everyone knows you should smile, have good posture, and speak with confidence, not everyone knows what to say when you finally open your mouth.
If you are looking for a way to connect with people you are meeting for the first time right away, here are a few tips:
It’s all fun and games until someone dies… Literally. Forty reality TV show stars dead later; we still have not learned our lesson.
In the modern world, sensory overload is increasingly becoming common. Many of us routinely feel trapped in the endless cycle of bad news after bad news — countries are losing their freedom, Economies are on the verge of collapse, and unemployment is the highest it has ever been. When reality isn’t so great anymore, where do we go? For a lot of people, another version of it.
Reality TV is a type of entertainment that puts ordinary…
Many of us who experience trauma or abuse early in our lives have had to grow up sooner than we’d have hoped. We lose our ability to be in tune with our inner child whom we have had to lock up to maintain control over our lives.
These illusions of control may work for some time. But as we continue to ignore our inner child, it will continue to wreak havoc in our subconscious. We become easily influenced by other forces whose wills are stronger than ours. …
As the world around us changes, people are starting to realize one very important thing — we don’t need as much as we were led to believe. We are a generation that has been tricked by lifelong advertising to always want more. We have always been sold the idea that our bodies, our lifestyle and our possessions always need upgrading.
In the wake of a world that we’ve never seen before, the tides have turned. From the ashes of consumerism, there is a rise of a new culture that demands “ enough “.
There are many ways that minimalism has…
The Indian Government has taken the lead against Chinese surveillance through popular mobile applications. On June 29, 2020 the Government of India’s Press Information Bureau posted an official press release disallowing the usage of certain applications in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices.
“The compilation of the data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” — Ministry of Information Technology
Growing up in the Philippines, I had the privilege of living in a racially homogenous community. Until I was in my late teens, I had very few encounters with other races. Despite this, I had grown up watching a lot of western media. I had thought of myself as a progressive person who would have act politely regardless of a person’s race. Because I had never done or said anything overtly racist out loud, it never occurred to me that I could be one of them.
When I turned 20, I went to Europe for the first time alone. For…