What is the connection between Hermann Hesse and Hegel’s Dialectic?

There is a connection between Hermann Hesse’s work and Hegel’s dialectic in the sense that Hesse was influenced by Hegelian philosophy and dialectical thinking, and this influence can be seen in Hesse’s novels, particularly in his exploration of themes such as self-discovery and personal transformation.

Hegelian dialectic is a philosophical concept that involves the resolution of opposing ideas or contradictions through a process of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. This process of dialectical thinking involves the transformation of ideas and the search for a higher truth or resolution.

In Hesse’s novels, such as “Demian” and “Steppenwolf,” we see a similar exploration of opposing ideas and the search for a higher truth. Hesse’s characters often undergo a process of transformation, struggling with their own contradictions and ultimately finding a synthesis or resolution through their experiences.

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What was the connection between Carl Jung and Hermann Hesse?

Carl Jung and Hermann Hesse had a significant connection as both were influential figures in the field of psychology and philosophy during the 20th century.

Hermann Hesse was a renowned German-Swiss writer who explored spiritual and existential themes in his works, while Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology, which emphasizes the importance of the individual psyche and the exploration of the unconscious.

Jung’s work greatly influenced Hesse’s writing, particularly his interest in exploring the inner workings of the human mind and the concept of individuation. Hesse’s novels, such as “Demian” and “Steppenwolf,” reflect Jungian themes and ideas, including the integration of the shadow self and the importance of finding meaning and purpose in life.

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What 20 Seconds of Hugging Can Do for You

Read the article: What 20 Seconds of Hugging Can Do for You

Merton, Eckhart & the Search for Our True & Deeper Selves

Human beings have to dig and work at finding our deep and true self.  If we do not, we live superficially out of fear or greed or addiction and set ourselves up for false idols and lies.  For someone else’s expectations for us which can set us up for dictatorship of many kinds. Indeed, it may be… Read More » Merton, Eckhart & the Search for Our True & Deeper Selves, continued – Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox

Why are INFJ and ENFJ Men So Rare?

“The ENFJ and INFJ men who do exist can take comfort in knowing that their unique set of caring and nurturing traits are needed badly everywhere.”

Why are INFJ and ENFJ Men So Rare?

Research tells us that just 2.8 percent of all men are either INFJs or ENFJs. This is a super-low percentage, revealing that the NFJ set of personality characteristics is only rarely measured among men who take the Myers-Briggs personality typing system test. Source: Why are INFJ and ENFJ Men So Rare?

Why Stoicism Is More Relevant Than You Might Think

Good read! “The notions that Stoicism is only for times of great difficulty, or that Stoics repress emotions, are two of the most common myths about Stoicism, as properly understood. Many people confuse Stoicism, the philosophy (upper-case S) with stoicism (lower-case s), or having a “stiff upper lip.” In this post I will describe the 3 pillars of real Stoicism, as opposed to fake or lower-case s stoicism. I hope that you will agree that Stoicism is well worth consideration, alongside other practices such as mindfulness and exercise, as part of a good mental health regime, to help us be happier, and to become better versions of ourselves.” Source: Why Stoicism Is More Relevant Than You Might Think | Psychology Today

Only you can tell yourself to giddyup!

Behold, the power of the cartoon to communicate…

Upgrade Your Mindset

Learn to accept the realities of life with ancient wisdom. Source: Upgrade Your Mindset

Not The, but A Truth About Anger

As I get older and hopefully more emotionally mature, things like ‘THE truth trigger me’. As Khalil Gibran said ‘do not say I have found the truth, instead say I have found A truth’ — that’s the reason for the change in the title. Now, enjoy the article…

You’re not angry; you feel powerless. Here’s what you can do about it. Source: The Truth About Anger

Brené Brown with Bono on Songs of Surrender


Understanding Defensiveness As A Coping Skill

Why Do We Get Defensive?

Defensiveness can mean trying to counter or deny criticisms in areas where you feel sensitive, afraid, guilty, or deceitful. In some cases, defensiveness may arise if you felt the need to use specific coping skills in childhood or adolescence to survive, and those skills were helpful at the time. As an adult, however, defensiveness may no longer serve you. Additionally, defensive habits may cause difficulties in pushing others away or communicating. Source: Understanding Defensiveness As A Coping Skill | BetterHelp

Curiosity Is a Key to Well-Being

Why asking more questions can change your life. Source: Curiosity Is a Key to Well-Being

Being Too Nice is Harmful, 2 Things We Need for Healing

The ROOT CAUSE Of Trauma & Why You FEEL LOST In Life

Dr. Maté generously shares his deep understanding of childhood trauma, vulnerability, grief, and emotional distress. He explains what real trauma is and how time doesn’t necessarily lead to healing, how vulnerability is ingrained in us since we are young and the importance of these formative years to mold our emotional health, and the societal expectations we always try to meet but have never truly given us real fulfillment. We also exchange thoughts on dealing with grief, how we struggle to identify with the people we look up to, and how childhood experience varies for every child even when they are raised in a similar environment.

What ACEs/PCEs do you have?

What ACEs do you have? There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The number of ACEs and offsetting PCEs play a huge role in your childhood growth and development and could give you insight into addictive behaviors. Go to the source: What ACEs/PCEs do you have?

Gabor Mate explains the significance of childhood trauma here:

Gabor Mate: The Childhood Lie That’s Ruining All Of Our Lives

Gabor Mate is a multi-bestselling author and a world leading expert on trauma and how it effects us throughout our whole lives. A holocaust survivor and a first generation immigrant, Gabor’s knowledge and wisdom on the scars trauma leaves behind is deep and drawn from personal experience.

How Childhood Trauma Leads to Addiction

Gabor Maté CM (born January 6, 1944) is a Hungarian-born Canadian physician. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma, and in their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on autoimmune disease, cancer, ADHD, addictions, and a wide range of other conditions. Now retired from clinical practice, he travels and speaks extensively on these and related topics, both in North America and abroad. His books have been published internationally in over twenty-five languages. Maté’s approach to addiction focuses on the trauma his patients have suffered and looks to address this in their recovery, with special regard to indigenous populations around the world.


Inspired Resolutions via @JordanFScotti

Creating meaningful, lasting change in the new year. Source: Inspired Resolutions

5 Teachings From The Japanese Wabi-Sabi Philosophy That Can Drastically Improve Your Life

Wabi-sabi is a concept that motions us to constantly search for beauty in imperfection and accept the more natural cycle of life. It reminds us that all things including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. Perfection, then, is impossible and impermanence is the only way. Go to the source: 5 Teachings From The Japanese Wabi-Sabi Philosophy That Can Drastically Improve Your Life — OMAR ITANI

How Have You Grown This Year?

Are you giving yourself credit for how you’ve grown and changed? Source: How Have You Grown This Year?

How to Reclaim Your Brain From Big Tech via @MindfulOnline

Here’s how you can use mindfulness to pause, pay attention, and align your tech and social media use with your values. Source: How to Reclaim Your Brain From Big Tech – Mindful

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