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What is the Difference Between Philosophy and Self-help?

Self-help is a term used to refer to self-improvement, motivation, and personal development. It encompasses all things that might help improve someone's life, including books, seminars, and blogs. It can also be seen as a form of therapy or mental health care. Self-help literature includes topics such as health and fitness, dieting, parenting, relationships, addiction, marriage, happiness - all things that are difficult for individuals to overcome without the help of experts. They can be purchased in bookstores or online from Amazon or eBay. Some of the most famous self-help authors include Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, and Deepak Chopra. Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, life, mind, and language. Philosophy deals with such questions as what it means to be human; how we should live; what we should believe; what things exist in the world; whether there is anything that cannot be doubted or believed; the nature of truth. P

The Culture of Kissing Up and Kicking Down

"Kissing up and kicking down" refers to a common practice in organizations where employees are encouraged to praise the boss and others to gain favors and promotions. A person who is kissing up will say nice things about his superiors, give them all the credit for their accomplishments, and refrain from criticizing them. Meanwhile, a person who is kicking down will undermine his subordinates or colleagues in any way they can - by making snide comments, sabotaging projects, etc. A kiss-up, kick-down manager is someone who likes to appease their boss with high praise and boosts while constantly criticizing team members. This type of manager is not a team player and does not value the people they work with. They rarely give constructive feedback or provide help to their team members. Kiss-up and kick-down managers are often the banes of their employees’ existence. They are often miserable and do not lead the best working environments.  Kiss up people manipulate others to get the

Existentialism: What Is It and What Does It Mean to You?

Existentialism is a philosophical movement that emphasizes individual freedom and responsibility. It deals with the nature of existence, particularly concerning the meaning of life.  People often associate existentialism with Western philosophers such as Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche, but there are many Eastern philosophies that share some similar beliefs, including Muslim, Tao and Buddhist philosophies. The term "existentialism" was coined by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard who used it in 1843 when he wrote an essay titled “On Angst” to identify his positioning as a Christian thinker who embraces both faith and reason.  The existentialists believe that authenticity comes from living an authentic life and meeting one's true self. This will then lead to a better connection with others, more fulfilling relationships, and higher levels of happiness. The modern idea behind this philosophy is that people are products of their choices in life, therefore we must

How to be Unshakable: Lessons From Stoic Principles of Resilience

Stoicism teaches us that the best way to live is to accept fate and make the most of what happens. Stoics believe that we should live in accordance with nature and reason instead of emotion and impulse, which is considered a source of suffering. Stoics believe that psychological tranquility and serenity are achievable through knowledge of one's own thoughts and beliefs, understanding that life is primarily affected by our judgments—not external events. Stoicism is based on the idea that virtue, knowledge, and wisdom are the only things that matter in life. The Stoics believe that emotions like fear, anger, and anxiety are undesirable because they are often at odds with what humans really want - contentment and peace. When faced with challenges, stoics maintain their composure, trust in themselves and the natural order, and avoid emotionality as much as possible. According to Stoics, we have to look at the world from an objective perspective without getting too caught up in the mome

How to Be a Great Listener

Listening is an essential skill that can help a person to gain new insights into people's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.   Listening is what builds relationships and successful teams.    It is not just about hearing what someone says, it's about understanding them too. It is important to listen carefully as it can help us show empathy and connect with others in meaningful ways.   Listening is different from talking: talking means thinking out loud while listening means putting your voice on pause so you can understand what someone else has said before speaking yourself.   Listening also allows us to meet people where they are at instead of where we want them to be which may not always be the same   Listening is often thought of as passive, but it can definitely be learned through active engagement. Active engagement involves going beyond simply allowing something into your ears and thinking about what's happening in the speaker's life or trying to determine their em

How to Develop Charisma and Stand Out Among the Crowd

Charisma is the ability to stand out in the crowd and make an impact on people.  People with a strong charismatic personality have an amazing ability to effectively connect with other people and gain their trust. Charismatic people are often seen as leaders, confident, and likable.  A charismatic person is able to connect with people and create a sense of belonging. They are able to get people to like them and want to be around them. Charisma comes from the ability to be yourself while still being likable. The future of charisma is not about being born with it, but learning it. The skill of being charismatic can be learned with practice in the same way that you learned how to play a musical instrument.  Being charismatic is not just about being an extrovert or having a good personality. Charisma implies that you are able to make people feel inspired and enthralled by what you have to say.  In a noisy world, it is hard to stand out.  It is easy to be average and fade in the background,

Democracy: A System of Governance by the People

Democracy is one of the most powerful ideas in society today because it allows for a free and equal society where people have control over their personal lives. In practice, democracy can be defined as a form of government in which all citizens participate in the decision-making process. There are two basic models of democracy: representative democracy and direct democracy.  Democracy is not just about how many people vote in an election; it is about a way of life that allows individuals to exercise freedom and have access to just laws.  In a democracy, citizens have the power to elect their leaders and control the policies adopted by those leaders. This democratic system of government is one of few known models that provides both separation of powers and a high degree of accountability. Democracy is a system in which power and resources are distributed among the people. It means that people do not have to rely on one person or party to make their decisions. Proponents of democracy arg

Truth and Truthfulness

Truth is a statement that agrees with reality. Truth is subjective, based on our personal values or beliefs. It is what we believe to be the case and what we know for sure.  Facts are objective, while truth is subjective. Facts are things that can be proved by scientific methods. Truth refers not just to facts but also to opinions and meanings - for example, the state of a company’s economy or an individual's relationship with their friends. Because truth is subjective, there are a multitude of types of truth: scientific (which describes the natural world), spiritual (which describes reality as it exists for humans and other sentient entities), mathematical (describing a system of logic using axioms and proofs), etc. Truth can be added to or taken away from depending on experience and knowledge. Truth is one’s understanding of reality. Reality exists independent of our understanding of it. People define reality based on their understanding of it. One understands reality differently