Societal / Political

An Eastern Mind: The Chinese Philosophy of Chuang-Tzu

An Eastern Mind: The Chinese Philosophy of Chuang-Tzu

This essay focuses on concepts of ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu and its application to modem Clinical psychology. The essay is presented as first person Chuang-Tzu who announced his ideas through time travel.

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Dealing with Anxiety during COVID-19 in Singapore

Dealing with Anxiety during COVID-19 in Singapore

We could discover a new side to ourselves or our family members, explore new interests alone or with our family members or we could mope that we cannot manage. Whichever we think we are, we will be.

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Community Capital: Its Sources and Functions in Communities of Heart

Community Capital: Its Sources and Functions in Communities of Heart

The expansion of community capital is a means of sustained community renewal. Community capital incorporates three elements that are found …

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de Tocqueville and the Communities of Heart

de Tocqueville and the Communities of Heart

During the formative years of North American democracy (1830s), an observant historian from France, Alexander de Tocqueville, wrote about “Habits of the Health” that exemplified the best of North American communities.

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The New Freedom: Living with Hope, Skepticism and Irony

The New Freedom: Living with Hope, Skepticism and Irony

Both hope and skepticism were to be found in Estonia (and Hungary) during the early 1990s, following the Soviet collapse. Are both of these perspectives still present and do they represent the more pervasive irony that is to be found in contemporary societies?

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Does Hope Have a Downside?

Does Hope Have a Downside?

If we’re not careful and we rely only on hope, it can become the “white horse” that will carry us away from our problems. It becomes easy to believe if we just hope enough, our lives can change. The idea of hope can sometimes imply that hope is enough, but nothing gets done if we rely on hope alone.

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Is Hope the New Antibiotic for Physical Illness?

Is Hope the New Antibiotic for Physical Illness?

Building on the concept of hope and moving forward to modern times, there are many neuroscientists and psychologists, along with religious, spiritual, and political leaders, who have written notable views about hope and how our body responds to thoughts and emotions.

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Free at Last: Challenges Facing Those Who Are “Liberated”

Free at Last: Challenges Facing Those Who Are “Liberated”

The issue of freedom is certainly of great importance right now in our troubled and changing world. The insights gained from my Estonian colleagues still seem quite poignant and timely.

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Freedom: From Collectivist to Individualist Structures and Realities

Freedom: From Collectivist to Individualist Structures and Realities

I frequently listen to classical music while I am working and in the evening before going to bed. The music …

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How to Turn Loneliness into a Multi-Trillion Dollar Business: A Perspective on China from the Writings of Erich Fromm

How to Turn Loneliness into a Multi-Trillion Dollar Business: A Perspective on China from the Writings of Erich Fromm

This essay specifically focuses on the writings of Erich Fromm from a social application perspective, using China’s Singles Day as an example.

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