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The Science of Self

Peter Hollins

Despite so many studies being done on improving ourselves, it can be hard to find specific, actionable steps to make our lives better. Bestselling authors cut out the jargon and pop psychology to give insight and tips to be a better you. If you want proven ways and applicable tips to live a better life, listen in weekly and improve your life from the inside out!

The Science Of Being Lucky
Jun 23 2022
The Science Of Being Lucky
• Luck may play a bigger role in our success than we think. By examining what we consider lucky breaks, serendipity and fortuitous events, we can better handle the invisible forces that favor some and not others. • Research has made surprising findings, i.e., that it may be better to be mediocre in skills but lucky than to be highly talented yet unlucky. Mathematical models have tended to show the irrelevance of skill and talent, and emphasize the fact that randomness plays a big part in what we consider success. • In the case of the discovery of LSD (and many other scientific advances), we can see that luck plays a surprising role. • Luck may play a role in an absolute sense in determining the hand we’re dealt in what Warren Buffett calls the “Ovarian Lottery” – where we’re born, our genes, and so on. But hard work does matter, and may factor in a more relative sense, i.e., it helps us distinguish ourselves from others who have been similarly lucky. • Luck and hard work play a part. We cannot control luck, but we can understand how it works and position ourselves accordingly, so that we’re ready to strike when and if opportunity does come our way. Get the audiobook on Audible Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at #AlessandroPluchino #AndreaRaspirarda #AlessioBiondo #ArthurStolls #BeingLucky #BentleyCoffey #PatrickMcLaughlin #Biondo #BrankoMilanovic #FranoSelaks #GoodLuck #LeeatYariv #LiranEinav #NassimTaleb #OvarianLottery #Pareto #Pluchino #RobertFrank #Taleb #TuYouyou #ZigzagPath #TheScienceOfBeingLucky #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #TheScienceofBeingLucky
To Suffer Is To Live
Jun 16 2022
To Suffer Is To Live
• There are countless theoretical approaches to understanding the universal problem of suffering. We start with the Buddhist conception, which sees pain as an inevitable and natural part of life, which is transient and always changing. Therefore if we attach to what is impermeant, we will suffer when it changes. • The parable of the farmer and the Buddha shows that our biggest problem is that we believe we should have no problems. • In these views, suffering occurs because, paradoxically, we think we should not be suffering! • Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional. Suffering is pain plus our grasping, resistance, attachment or identification. Thus we can greatly reduce our suffering by changing how we deal with pain. • The serenity prayer teaches us that we need the wisdom to discern between what is in our power to control (our mental reaction to pain) and what isn’t (the pain itself). • According to Viktor Frankl, in the brief moment after pain, we have a gap where we can pause and decide what response we would like to have. We may evolve mechanisms to respond automatically, but we also have the power to choose our response if we are conscious. • Cognitive behavioral psychologists recognize a similar principle, and explain how our minds can trap us in suffering. We experience pain and then immediately create a thought about it. This thought creates our feelings and a physiological reaction, for example, stress and tension in the body. In time, these feelings spiral out of control and manifest as behaviors that reinforce our original thoughts. Get the audiobook on Audible Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. #Aurelius #Buddhist #Frankl #MarcusAurelius #Seneca #SerenityPrayer #Stoic #ViktorFrankl #ToSufferIsToLive #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #HowtoSufferWell
Background Noise
May 31 2022
Background Noise
• The final major biological difference is the level of background noise that is inside the introvert’s or extrovert’s mind. To put it plainly, introverts have perpetual static and chatter in their mind, which makes them more liable to overwhelm, analysis, rumination, and retreating to solitude. Hans Eysenck proved a corollary of this with his lemon juice test, in which he found that introverts were generally easier to arouse and become alert. • All of these differences make it seem like introverts are somewhat less predisposed to survival than extroverts. But the opposite is true; zoological studies have found that there are generally two groups in a society, rovers and sitters, and both are needed because they complement each other. Rovers are extroverts—thrill-seekers and out and about. Sitters are introverts—planners, analyzers, and operating in the background. That is to say, introverts keep themselves and the people around them safer than they might be otherwise. Get the audiobook on Audible Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. #ArousalLevels #BaselineArousal #BaselineLevels #BiologicalDifferences #CognitivePerformance #Darwinism #Eysenck #Introvert #BackgroundNoise #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #TheScienceofIntroverts
Emotional And Mental Energy Vampires
May 13 2022
Emotional And Mental Energy Vampires
• Even after we take care of our physical selves, we can still feel like a piece of pudding: unable to move on our own free will, and generally without strength of structure. As the energy pyramid demonstrates, physical fitness is a requirement but not a guarantee of energy. Mental and emotional energy tend to be far more powerful than basic physical energy, and mostly, this works against us. Sure, we have the occasional stories of being insanely motivated and working for twenty hours straight, but more often than not, we are saddled into useless states because of emotional or mental energy depletion. • First, we will discuss emotional energy. This concerns how we feel about ourselves, the world, and our place within it. It involves our sense of confidence, security, anxiety, and feelings. It is influenced by vampiric people, our own negative beliefs, cognitive distortions, and disempowering narratives. All of this amounts to us spending too much time and energy inside our own heads, rather than directing energy into the external world. And for what? Typically, nothing based in reality, as cognitive distortions demonstrate. Get the audiobook on Audible at notes and/or episode transcripts are available at Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. #CognitiveDistortion #Energy #EnergyLevels #EnergyPyramid #Nickerby #EmotionalAndMentalEnergyVampires #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #HaveMoreEnergy