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Psychology
 

Psychology

 
Emotions, Ambivalence, Holding Space, And Life’s Complexity

Reflections on emotions: Emotions appear strongly "contradictory" or "conflicting" when looked at from the lens of doing or needing to do something about/with them. Doing will inevitably be the frame of reference a lot of the time as emotions emerge as action impulses at heart- they drive us to do things and they carry the (often illusory) promise of being able to be relieved or satisfied once X has finally been don...

Shawn Powrie
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Ideas
 

Ideas

 
Reflections on Openness to Experience

Musings on a star There I was - in the middle of an open field at midnight on a summer's evening, staring up at the stars in the sky and listening to trance music. I looked up at one particular star, staring at it deeply and taking in its appearance as a tiny, blue/white dot in my visual field. I reflected: In order for me to see this star, that means there must be a straight line of almost nothing - al...

Shawn Powrie
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Chinese
 

Chinese

 
Chinese Poem: 观书有感 Guān shū yǒu gǎn the feeling of reading books

I recently learned a Chinese poem that was awesome! I love the depth encapsulated by this poem. So, I have translated it with an explanation below. 半亩方塘一鉴开,天光云影共徘徊。 问渠那得清如许?为有源头活水来。 Bàn mǔ fāng táng yī jiàn kāi, tiānguāng yún yǐng gòng páihuái. Wèn qú nà dé qīng rúxǔ? Wèi yǒu yuántóu huóshuǐ lái. A large oblong pool ...

Shawn Powrie
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