• Deep Dives

    Entry #5: Does Our Past Determine Who We Are?

    The above line was taken from a philosophy/ self-improvement/ psychology book “The Courage to be Disliked” written by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi. They uncover the principles of psychologist Alfred Adler in a very easy-to-read manner, laying them bare through conversations of a teacher and his younger disciple. I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in rediscovering a new outlook on life. Through modern psychology and exposure to better self-care methods, we’ve been led to believe that understanding the root cause of our problems will help us come out happier and stronger. Alfred Adler disputed this, as according to him we don’t need to dig into our past if…

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    Entry #3: Viktor Frankl on Our Search for Meaning, and How to Find Ours

    If you’re a book aficionado, you must be somewhat familiar with the name Viktor Frankl, or at least on the book title “Man’s Search for Meaning”. If these don’t ring a bell, here’s a quick summary of the book’s content taken from Wikipedia: Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. Wikipedia, as of 2019 Published originally in 1946, this book is divided into 2 main parts; Frankl’s personal experience in…