The easiest generation

If you look at the world with a little bit of historical perspective, it’s shocking to realize how easy life has been for our generation, not only when compared to past generations but also if we think about future ones.

It’s like we’ve lived our lives in an “island” of peace, freedom and abundance, a parenthesis between harder realities before and after our time.

For starters, there’s the matter of privacy. …


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We are used to see in TV, in the movies and in what people around us desire for their lives, an extroverted model of happiness. A model that includes having fun with lots of friends, laughing at parties, dressing in fashion and consuming all kinds of expensive goods.

If we accept this model as valid for us, we probably would get constantly frustrated, because we are simply not like that. Our mind works differently and thus we need different stimulus to be happy.

So don’t let extroverts sell you their model of happiness! Meditation and yoga can certainly teach you…


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Dr. Linda Silverman described the differences between introverts and extroverts in the following table:

Essential Differences between Introverts and Extroverts


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Maybe when reading the advantages of introverts you do not feel that every one of them applied to you. This is because -obviously- not all introverts are the same. Introversion is only one factor of our personality, among many others. An important one, because it affects most of the other aspects, but it is certainly not the only one, and there can be introverts who are very different in personality to other introverts.

The two most important theories of personality include the introversion/extroversion level as one of their main factors, but they also take into account other variables that make…


How we are different

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Now that we have clarified the extent to which shyness is significantly different from introversion, and set aside the harmful assumptions about our so‑called anti‑social nature, it is relevant to inquire about the practical implications of being an introvert. If we could summarize it in one phrase, being an introvert, above all, means “to look inward.” This introspection is an integral part of our daily living and influences every aspect of our life. …


The true meaning of introversion and its influence on happiness

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We frequently think of introversion as a social problem. The introvert is, in the eyes of many, a shy person who finds it difficult to make friends. Consequently, introversion could be experienced as a disadvantage in the race for happiness or as a difficulty that must be overcome in order to improve our chances of being happy. However, this view on introversion is not only false but also extremely harmful. This idea stems from a noticeable prevalence of extroverts worldwide (extroverts account for approximately 85% of the general population according…


What nobody told you about science

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I have some unsettling news for you: Unless you pursued an advanced career in science, chances are that your conception about what science actually knows or doesn’t know is profoundly wrong. To put it short: people tend to believe that science has figured out things that it really hasn’t yet. And I’m not talking about unimportant details of complex theories, I’m talking about the essence of what things really are.

So if you think that you know that matter is composed of atoms, and that those atoms consist of a series of negative charged…


The authenticity trap

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Those of us who grew up in this era of new age and self help, have been continuously exposed to phrases like “be yourself” “follow your dreams” or “listen to your heart”. If you, like me, took those premises seriously, you probably have an ongoing struggle with defining what your real self authentically is, needs and wants. For example, if you are working on something you don’t really love because of the monetary reward you’ll get out of it you’ll think “This is not me. Not my real passion. I’m not following my dreams or listening to…


Tell me what you think about and I’ll tell you who you are

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What have you been thinking about lately? Each of us have some topics that occupy our minds more than others during different periods of time. Let’s analyze, for starters, last week. Have you been worrying about your love life? Were your children, your partner, your friends or someone else the main protagonists of your mental activity? Maybe you’ve been busy with thoughts about work and money? Or about your image and losing weight? Planning a future event, or the next article you’re going to write? Focusing on your studies, or something that you’re learning or reading about? All of these…


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The reward centers of the nervous system play an important role in the evolution of species: They produce pleasurable sensations in the presence of certain stimuli associated to survival and reproduction in order to teach an animal that it’s convenient to generate those circumstances, and thus increase the likelihood of survival of the individual and the species. But being humans the most complex living organisms on earth, we have developed reward responses for a wide range of stimuli that go a long way beyond mere survival. These are called extrinsic rewards and maybe, if we force it, they can be…

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A curious mind attempting to decipher the hidden truths of humankind and the universe. Writes about science, philosophy, personality, mind and happiness.

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