3 questions to figure out if you’re an “open looper” or a “closed looper” (and what to do about it)

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Overworked businesswoman with piles of papers surrounding her
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  1. When you finish eating, do you clean up straight away?
  2. When you get changed, do you put the old clothes in the wardrobe/drawer/dirty linen immediately?
  3. When a simple task like making a quick phone call or responding to an email crosses your mind, do you do it there and then?

Western psychology tells us to strengthen and develop the self, Eastern religion tells us to let go of it — what’s the correct approach?

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Woman drawing a picture of herself as a reflection
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Don’t get fooled by your left-brain “interpreter” trying to categorize and label you

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Statue of philosopher thinking
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Regain control of your thoughts with the “Attention Training Technique”

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Young woman working from home, holding head in pain with room spinning
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Hope is powerful — Despair lethal

Dying patient in hospital corridor, with bright light in the distance
Dying patient in hospital corridor, with bright light in the distance
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What are you willing to sacrifice?

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Wide open green field and blue sky with tree in the distance
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The myth of the “dream job”, and 5 questions to guide you toward work that satisfies, motivates, and energizes you

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Free yourself from the imaginary restrictions of your self-narrative

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Movie clapper board in front of a scene being shot.
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The greater the gap between our version of reality and objective reality, the more significant our errors become

Apple that appears perfect in a mirror, because its rotten side faces away.
Apple that appears perfect in a mirror, because its rotten side faces away.
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The discourse on dopamine fasting was taken to ridiculous extremes, but the underlying science was sound—and useful

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A woman smiles with joy while eating a treat.
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Dr. Adam Bell

Medical doctor with an interest in psychiatry. Seeking solutions for the human condition. Get my free ebook “How to Defeat the Bad Day” at: dradambell.com

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