Month: March 2011

Feeling Superior: a Defense Mechanism

Our brain is a good strategist: it seeks to suffer the least possible. To achieve this, it uses specific defense mechanisms, essentially echoing our lives as children. When these mechanisms are used flexibly, there is no problem. In contrast, beware of when everything crystallizes. In this article we will discuss “omnipotence”, the feeling of superiority. Definition of “Omnipotence” Omnipotence is to manage your emotional conflicts by developing, through self-allocation, an exaggerated self-image that is all-powerful and superior to others. Why This Need to Feel Superior? This defense mechanism protects against a decline in self-esteem, which leads to feelings of helplessness and worthlessness. Michael’s Case Michael’s childhood Michael suffered personal injury. He was the black sheep of the family (the intellectual child in a family of mostly physical pursuits). His parents told him that he was weird and that he would not produce anything in life. As he had behavioral problems in class, his parents were all the more brutal. Psychologically speaking, to stay alive, his psyche opted for an abnormal swelling of his esteem of himself and to try to counteract painful feelings of shame, humiliation, and feelings of inferiority. What Might Michael Turn Out to Be? What would happen if he connects to one of his weaknesses that are so brutal? Given his personality structure, his identity could collapse, because though it looks solid, it actually is very...

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The Awakening of Self through Vedic Palmistry

We can change our destiny. Rather than predicting a predetermined future, Vedic palmistry can help you better understand and take concrete steps to live a happier, healthier and more satisfying life. When our life takes on a new tangent, corresponding changes appear in the lines and signs on our hands. Vedic palmistry, or hast jyotish, is the study of structure and hand signs. The origins of this ancient science date back to about 5000 years, in India. Its purpose is to guide everyone in their personal journey in helping balance all areas of life through better self-awareness. Our Custom Signature Everyone knows that fingerprints are unique. But actually, the whole hand is unique in its pattern of lines, precisely because each of us has his memories, his hopes and his traits of his own. Since there is a tangible link between our personalities, our thoughts and our experiences and training of palmistry, our impressions are somehow our own signature. Our Lines Change as We Do The lines in our hands change, just like us. As we acquire more maturity, our attitudes, our priorities, our businesses and our environment change accordingly. Through the study of our hands, we can objectively analyze situations and make wiser choices in our personal and professional lives, in our dealings with them and in many other aspects of life. We are then less likely to...

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The Defense Mechanism of Rationalization

Our psyche is a clever strategist. To avoid too much pain, it uses special tools: defense mechanisms. Some are good and responsive, while others are more troublesome. What are these? How you detect them? Is it possible to change them? Each of us has something called a reality model to avoid some painful emotions overwhelming our consciousness. We use defense mechanisms. Most often, and fortunately, they are used appropriately; that is to say, with moderation and flexibility. However, if they are too engrained and rigid, some problems may arise. Depending on the school of thought, the exact number of defense mechanisms varies. But we can say safely that there are about two dozen of them. Health & Happiness magazine aims to offer you an introspective journey to allow you to pursue the issue. Today, we focus on rationalization. Rationalization Faced with internal conflict and stress, rationalization is to streamline and develop explanations that are reassuring and beneficial to oneself, as compared to what one or other people experience in reality. Analysis of Rachel’s Case Rachel was adopted at birth. Now an adult, this is her interpretation of it all: “Because I don’t remember it, it may not have had any impact on my life. True, I was an adopted baby. But I have never actively thought of it as such and I love my adoptive parents. I owe them...

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Joan Anderson’s book: A Weekend to Change Your Life

Are you one of those women who has spent most of her life devoting herself to her family, her work, performing all kinds of routine tasks so that others around them live better? If so, then you know what it costs to fulfill faithfully the obligations that follow. Because, to do this, you set aside the satisfaction of your own desires. Where are you, now that your duty is done? Do you experience the very legitimate desire to find a new meaning to your life, beyond the role you’ve ever played, a desire to rediscover? An Invitation Joan Anderson, author of the book A Weekend to Change Your Life launches women from all over the United States and Canada an invitation to come live with her in a three-day retreat to reconnect with their authentic self. Using workshops, targeted exercises, questionnaires and in-depth situational thought, she makes them understand that they need time, support, encouragement, and tips relevant to do so. Joan Anderson is for housewives whose children have left, leaving them alone with their thirst to be useful again, to career women who thought they could do everything and who are now finding their limits, for young mothers wishing to escape the turmoil of their lives for a weekend, and let’s not forget single women who wonder if they haven’t missed out on something. A New Life During...

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Kimberton Calendar: Another Form of Astrology?

Have you heard of the Kimberton calendar? It refers to our planetary system and the astronomical constellations in the sky. Nothing to do with astrology as we know it! However, in its own way, it can have a great influence on people and this, in everyday life. The Kimberton calendar is based on studies of Rudolf Steiner, scientist and thinker of the early twentieth century. He has been a writer, theorist, professor of science and history at Berlin University and is the author of several philosophical papers. Two Critical Functions of the Kimberton Calendar The Kimberton calendar, originally designed for biodynamic farming, according to the theories of Rudolf Steiner, has a two-fold outcome. It is intended to be primarily useful for everything related to land, that is to say agriculture and gardening; for example, to know the good and bad times to plant. This calendar can also serve humans, in terms of decisions in general: purchases, transactions, sales, etc. Something else that’s equally surprising: one can even, thanks to the understanding of this calendar unknown in North America, discover the sex of an unborn child. Real Influence Technically, the Kimberton calendar is based on our planetary system and the real constellations as they are in heaven, that is to say, the astronomical constellations, not the astrological constellations. In astrology, a 360 degree circle is taken around the Earth and...

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