Redefining Reality in Six Minutes

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How to Uncover Your Weaknesses

Identifying and addressing your weaknesses is as much a cornerstone of solid self-improvement as is identifying and expanding your strengths. Continue reading

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Competency Matrix

In my all-time most viewed post, Serotonin and Social Status, I inquired as to whether there are mindsets that protect us from societal influences on serotonin levels. Five years later I finally attempt to answer that question with Does Competency-Awareness Drive Serotonin Levels?

Jordan Peterson posits something like (I’m paraphrasing), no one knows the upper limits of the benefits we might incur through maximizing our competency. With that context, here’s this post.


WHO AMONG US is maximally competent? Who can say they cannot become more competent than they are now? Clearly, the answer to both questions is no one.  So we all share the same goal: increasing our own competence. Competence at what? Well, how about the biggest challenge of all: life itself. So the question that follows that is, what does it take to be competent in life?

Here’s a short (no doubt incomplete) list:

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Everyone Has an Origin Story

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“There’s nothing stupider than a smart person who went wrong”

“There’s no appreciation on the part of the intellectual elite for the pathologies of rationalism. There’s nothing stupider than a smart person who went wrong. I’ve seen this in my clients, if I have a particularly smart client who is particularly disordered in their personality, that’s so difficult it’s almost unimaginable because they’re so good at rationalizing.”
— Jordan Peterson

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Malevolence, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Buddhism and Christianity

Panel of hell (detail), Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1505, oil on panel, 220 x 390 cm (Prado)

Jordan B. Peterson is known for an ostensibly uncontroversial position: the reality of malevolence and malevolent people. This position seems at odds (he says as much) with Buddhism’s perspective that Evil is essentially ignorance. Buddha taught (quote TBD) that evil is born out of ignorance, and that perspective instructs us on how to vanquish evil (knowledge!) Might Jesus Christ agree with Jordan, that Buddhism is fundamentally flawed because it casts evil as an epiphenomenon rather than fundamental to the nature of humanity?

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

— Luke 23:34

Christ here strongly suggests that malevolence is born out of ignorance, which is his justification for the need for forgiveness.

It is a reasonable proposition that Christ and Buddha were saying the same thing in different ways.

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Super Human: eBook FREE on Black Friday

Super Human

What are the upper limits of human potential?
What if someone told you the answer is way more than you think and could show you the way?
What if someone offered to show you how to tap into your deep well of potential and be exponentially more effective?
Would you take them up on their offer?
Would you decline out of fear or doubt?
Would you defiantly defend all of your current limitations?
If this knowledge came with deadly risks, would you still do it?
Once you had that knowledge, would you share it or hoard it?
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Mac OS X vs Windows XP

Back in 2002, I created xvsxp.com, and when I shuttered the site in 2005 (due to personal matters), the downloadable pdf of the site had received over a quarter of a million downloads, and that’s just the pdf. Continue reading

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Does Competency-Awareness Drive Serotonin Levels?

Back in 2013, I wrote what I didn’t know would become my all-time most popular blog post, Serotonin and Social Status. In that post, I posed this question:

“Are there mindfulness strategies that might moderate against ‘societal’ influence on serotonin? Meditation? Yoga? Is there such a thing as self-confidence that does not peg its worth to external factors, and might that help? Such strategies would put me at greater command of my serotonin levels, rather than being solely at the mercy of others regard for me.”

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Super Human Now in Paperback

Just in time for Christmas!

Hardcover and Paperback

Super Human is now available in paperback ($12.95) from Amazon:

Super Human

If you prefer eBooks, you can pick it up for just $2.99 from Amazon and Apple Books. If you prefer hardcover, message me.

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