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    Better Understanding Capitalism, Corporate Psychology and Mystery Shopping

    We maintain two roles beneath the capitalist blanket - the role of the consumer, the worker, or both... and while we are most likely inherently aware of the tactics, manipulation, and psychology used behind marketing, advertising, and product placement - there is a darker realm of exploitation...
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    What is Addiction - Gabre Mate

    What is addiction exactly? It's easy to see that addiction is a struggle, but overcoming addiction is an unseen struggle from within. I'm posting this here to not only inspire those who struggle with addiction to better understand what may compel one to be addicted and how to better understand...
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    Effect of Social Media on Happinness

    I've been enthused with social media since it's inception into this world - however since it's beginnings I have not only watched as social media evolved from your basic AOL IM services to Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter... I watched as Myspace morphed and Facebook worked quickly to follow suit...
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    Harry Potter quotes

    HAH! As I roam through the forum here, I have The Goblet of Fire on in the background... so serendipitous to stumble upon this post! I don't think there's a particular quote that sits within my mind, nor do I constantly reflect upon the franchise for personal inspiration, but I can see how...
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    I'm a mess.

    There are certainly many things that you can find here to help you along your path to enlightenment, empowerment, and emotional ease! That stated, if you feel like therapy could be beneficial do know that many therapists have sliding scales... so there's still hope in that aspect. That said...
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    Atheism and Spirituality

    My atheism is something that leads me to be more compassionate and empowers me to do better for myself and others... it, in itself, has opened me up in a more spiritual sense where I can learn to appreciate nature, it's forces, and the energy of the universe on a more personal and less theistic...
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    Is Shia LeBeouf's inspirational video actually helpful?

    I honestly can't say whether or not it's helpful or not, as I have yet to utilize it as an inspiration for motivation to accomplish any of my goals... but it's humorous, entertaining, and it makes me smile - so I appreciate the video for that, at the very least. I find most of Shia's recent...
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    Cutting ties with the corporate world

    I've traveled a bit - but have always ended up having to bounce back between road life and Babylonian stability... of course, I have some goals which should help make staying on the road a bit easier. I'm looking for either a pull-behind camper or RV to utilize as homing, and am working toward...
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    Dealing with Adult Acne

    I have less face acne, and more body acne... but my girlfriend has had a tough time dealing with facial acne herself. She recently saw some mass improvement after cleaning up her diet (she was vegetarian for years and recently removed dairy from her diet, switching to a full vegan diet). Some...
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    Commuting

    Before there were podcasts, there was NPR... which is what I used initially to pass time during my longer commutes from college back home... of course, podcasts are great. I use the 'Podcast Addict' app to syndicate and queue my podcast playlist... but know there are many various others out...
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    Animals and Health

    Not only is the evidence of animals helping with one's stress and health, but mentally - having a little fur ball depend upon another is rewarding and can be fulfilling emotionally. I have two fur-babies myself, both of which are the inspiration for leaving and returning home each day. I hope...
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    Street Medic Resources & Guide

    I help curate content for an activist website and think that some of this content may not only be informational and handy to you all - but is also available for free distribution. Have you ever heard of a 'street medic' or 'action medic'? Street medics, or action medics, are volunteers with...
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    How Do You Cope Up with Anxiety?

    Unfortunately, there's no cure-all for anxiety and coping mechanisms are just that - a mechanism to cope. I would state that therapy is a good way to deal with overwhelming or debilitating anxiety - and there's no shame in utilizing others for feedback and clarity, but for more general anxiety I...
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    Does Anyone Practice Lucid Dreaming?

    Although I wouldn't consider myself practiced in lucid dreaming, I do believe that I have been in such a state prior. You should look into 'astral projection', which is another theory people find to be closely related. My girlfriend is on Reddit a lot and has done much reading up and sharing on...
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    Being Consistent

    I would it always takes moderation as a start... but keep your goals in mind. Consistency is key, but don't fret when you don't achieve your goal right away - work harder, and even if you fail, fail better until you succeed. Know that it's okay to give yourself time and that change is a process...
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    You're It

    Whether you are looking for God or for the answers to the universe and our creation - it's easy to miss the point of our experience as living creatures. Oftentimes I feel that we loose balance as individuals and these words from Alan Watts echo within my mind - and make me remember that even...
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    What/who is your motivation?

    My own personal motivation would fall into a few categories - to aid, assist, restore humanity, and live with compassion. My goal is to empower individuals to recognize that they too can self-actualize, and to maintain a stance from self-actualization. Always knowing that one can create change...
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    Is there a recurring principle/advice you've found true in life?

    I like that good ol' adage right there, @Polyacik! I find that one useful - as my father always said something similarly, which correlates: 'If you're late, don't rush - think. You're already late so just get there safely." Of course - the "golden rule" is always something I try to continue...
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    Solidarity to those seeking enlightenment from Minnesota - US - Terra Firma

    Hello to all! What an interesting and beneficial resource this website is seeming to be... emerging from the depths of the internet is a community that truly seems focused on self-growth. As an existentialist - I aspire to empower others, but that often seems like a daunting task in a very...
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    I came for the work, stayed for the content.

    Glad to read that those who have come into this forum (regardless of entry) find it useful and informative. As a noob to the forum here (hello, by the way) I'm simply checking the waters here myself. Hopefully there won't be any drama, as some have experienced in their past online ventures, and...