Throughout the book, Eddy challenges the reader to consider the nature of thought. She asks, “Are thoughts divine or human?” We might then ask: “And, how do we know the difference?” Eddy points out that human thought is erring, often hindering or doing more harm than good. Her own research and discoveries about the nature of human thinking and the difference between the human brain and divine Mind (God) follow the teachings of both Jesus and then St. Paul – who said, “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.”Continue Reading
Losing one’s job is often an emotionally and financially devastating experience. It threatens to undermine our identity and to shake the very foundations of our lives – like an unexpected earthquake. Suddenly, with no warning, it seems anyone can find themselves unemployed – no matter how much education or experience one has in a chosen field.
And it is not just the economic devastation that is so difficult. In western society, our idea of who we are and where we fit in is very much tied to the work we do. Sometimes, one needs to transition to an entirely new field. And, for older workers, this can make it especially difficult to find their way back into the employment market. On the other end of the spectrum, new graduates, letting go of their “student” identity, often experience frustrations finding employment in a competitive market at the stage when they are just beginning to shape their “career” identity.
Not surprisingly, therefore, loss of employment can be bad for health – particularly for men. A 2014 study from the UK reveals that unemployed men are twice as likely as women to experience serious mental health problems, such as depression, as well as physical health issues. To counter this inner crisis, many experts in this field advocate counselling, exercise and other ways for keeping upbeat about one’s situation. This may be helpful to some, but really does not get to the heart of the problem – i.e. the feeling that you’ve lost not only a job but also your identity.Continue Reading
Humans are by nature attracted to shocking or violent news! At least that is a claim made in studies on the neurology of human behaviour. Any basic review of media statistics seems to bear this theory out: the more violent or outrageous the headlines, the more sales a newspaper apparently makes. Some retail companies also recognize this tendency, manipulating this attraction to the offensive by creating shock ads that cause instant outrage on social media, but increase sales. The French fashion company Benetton is one company known for this type of advertising. And the latest Twitter ad by makeup giant Urban Decay is currently causing outrage. Even some politicians down through the ages have exploited it – knowing it brings extensive free news coverage every time.
So why do we seem to have such a fatal attraction to the scary, bizarre and horrific? Increasingly, many behavioural scientists are promoting the theory that this is a primeval instinct, and therefore our violent natures are natural and inescapable.Continue Reading
A superhero is not just for the movies and comic books. They can be you or me, refusing to be a victim. For anyone thinking about stealing a cell phone, targeting tennis champion Serena Williams as a victim would not be an obvious or wise choice. Last year, Williams made headlines after she spoke about a video in which she is shown in some security camera footage chasing after the hapless thief.
Williams said that she had an intuition about the man standing near her in a busy restaurant. She felt uncomfortable about his presence, and then in an instant her cell phone was gone from the table, and so was the man. With the lightning speed of an ace tennis champ, Williams chased after him and caught up to him. But did she do an epic Serena overhead smash?Continue Reading