Thursday, June 2, 2016

Weekend Reads

Some recent reads that have lingered in my mind... These will go perfect with some sunshine, iced coffee, and a lazy weekend. Feel free to share anything you've bookmarked lately – I love reading these interest pieces and spending way too much time pondering over them later.

The Cure for Fear

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Kindt's work brings to mind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But she prefers to say her treatment "neutralizes" fear memories, instead of erasing them.

What if you could get rid of (or "neutralize") your fears? Would you do it, if you were given the chance? I think this is some of the most fascinating research I've come across in a long, long time.

Forget Mindfulness, Stop Trying to Find Yourself, and Start Faking It

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What's wrong with a life plan? When you plan your life, you make decisions for a future self based on the person you are today, not the one you will become.

I'm constantly bouncing back and forth trying to figure out what to do with my life and how I can be better at everything. It's straight up exhausting. More and more I wonder if I'm better off just distancing myself from the conventional wisdom of the modern-day world (and its obsession with cultivating the best version of yourself and optimizing every aspect of life)... and letting myself just be... me. Weaknesses, flaws, inconsistencies included.

Gems from Quora: On Being an Introvert

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People think I am weird and avoid me because I am quiet and avoid small talk. I have tried my whole life to change this, but it seems that I am just a born introvert. How can I change, and should I change?

Totally empowering and inspiring and comforting for introverts everywhere! I loved this little bit: "A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.)"

The Urban Poor You Haven't Noticed: Millennials Who're Broke, Hungry, But On Trend

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In a country where genuine hunger is ubiquitous, this brand of it comes via lifestyle choices. Somehow, we've built a culture that places such immense value in appearances that we'd rather spend a lot to appear full than spend a little bit to buy food.

I like to think that I'd never get to the place where I have to sacrifice my own well-being in order to keep up with the Joneses, but honestly there are probably a hundred other situations where I compromise something in order to fit in. Maybe the impacts aren't as physically apparent, but who knows what emotional or psychological effects they're having on me? Something to think about for sure.

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