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When People Judge: Why It's Not Really About You

<b>“Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you</b> …

This 8-step process will change the way you read forever

Other luminaries who have lived a thousand lives include SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who believes that reading is the fastest way to learn.<p>The members of Chromeo spend most of their time in the library, while business magnates Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger frequently spend entire days …

How to Calm Your Nerves with "Mental Rehearsal" and Get Through Anything

They say worrying does you no good, but worrying <i>productively</i> can actually get you through anything—whether it’s asking for a raise or running a big …

17 Yoga Moves That Will Help You Sculpt Serious Abs

Boat pose is only the beginning.<p><b>Time:</b> 20 minutes<p><b>Equipment:</b> Yoga block, mat<p><b>Good for:</b> Core and abs<p><b>Instructions:</b> For each move, perform as many reps as indicated, then rest 30 seconds. Move through each move until you've done all 17. Alternatively, incorporate these moves into your usual routine as …

Workouts

Pathways to Bliss: Joseph Campbell on Why Perfectionism Kills Love and How to Save Your Relationship

“Perfection is inhuman… What evokes our love … is the imperfection of the human being.”<p><i>“Where the myth fails, human love begins,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. <i>“Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws.”</i> Indeed, just like perfectionism kills creativity, it also …

In Praise of Missing Out: Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on the Paradoxical Value of Our Unlived Lives

“Our lived lives might become a protracted mourning for, or an endless tantrum about, the lives we were unable to live. But the exemptions we suffer, whether forced or chosen, make us who we are.”<p><i>“In the gap between who we wish one day to be and who we are at present, must come pain, anxiety, envy</i> …

Gustave Doré’s Hauntingly Beautiful Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno

“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.”<p>Dante’s poetry endures as one of our civilization’s most enchanting creations — so much so that it has inspired generations of artists to interpret and reimagine it, from William Blake’s …

Harry Clarke’s Beautiful and Haunting 1925 Illustrations for Goethe’s Faust

“Part of that power which would do evil constantly and constantly does good.”<p>Great works of literature penetrate our psyche with what Frederick Douglass called “aesthetic force” — the beautiful and sometimes sublime experience they create courses through us, inevitably changing our interior …

Literature

The two brilliant, prescient 20th century science fiction novels you should read this election season

This is one of those books that you return to again and again and find something new to like about each time. Bruce Sterling once told me that a …

Yoga Poses for Opening Tight Hips

Beginning and advanced practitioners alike struggle with tightness in the hips. In today’s society, office-workers are almost inevitably prone to hip …