Monthly Archives: December 2012

What is purpose? How do I create more purpose in my life?

on December 31, 2012 in Awareness, Blog

The past few posts have covered two concepts under my name at the top of this blog — values and meaning. On to purpose. As with values and meaning I want to ground an important but nearly always vaguely used and defined concept in simple, understandable terms. As with values and meaning, purpose describes not things or actions, but something more about the feelings related to such things. For example,[…] Keep reading →

What is meaning? How do I create more meaning in my life?

on December 30, 2012 in Blog

Three days ago I started my post with There it is at the top of every page, right under my name: “Values.” What does value mean? What are values? Right after “Values” up there under my name is “Meaning.” Do I have to justify the importance of having meaning in your life and therefore of understanding the concept of meaning? The quintessential philosophical question is “what is the meaning of[…] Keep reading →

Understanding others’ value and their values

on December 29, 2012 in Awareness, Blog

Following up on the past two days’ posts on values, let’s look at understanding other people’s values. I don’t think I need to explain the value of understanding others’ values in developing a relationship with them, especially if you want them to like you to for you to influence them. I need only point out at that since you almost certainly wish more people understood you better, they feel the[…] Keep reading →

What is value? What are values? (short version)

on December 28, 2012 in Blog, Evolutionary Psychology

I wanted to simplify yesterday’s post. The following is just my perspective. I find it helpful, simplifying and clarifying an otherwise vague and complex topic, basing it in something everyone can understand — how they feel. Understanding the concept of value helps you create value in your life, which everyone benefits from. In more basic terms, it helps you create more emotions you like. I consider talking about emotions more[…] Keep reading →

What is value? What are values?

on December 27, 2012 in Blog, Evolutionary Psychology

There it is at the top of every page, right under my name [Edit: I changed the page design since writing this post]: “Values.” What does value mean? What are values? Everybody knows the value of values. You can find plenty of books on values-based leadership. Everybody knows you should stick to your values. Nobody suggests knowing you should know your values less. Few people can define the meaning of[…] Keep reading →

Cognitive behavioral therapy and its problems, part 2

on December 26, 2012 in Blog, Education

I wrote yesterday’s post on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy after reading one of its main creators — Aaron Beck’s — brief history from the Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, “The Past and Future of Cognitive Therapy.” The article begins with simple anecdotes observing patterns in people’s beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors that anybody could notice that led him to create what we now call Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. But when he describes[…] Keep reading →

Cognitive behavioral therapy and its problems

on December 25, 2012 in Education, Models, Visualization

I’ve written before about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how I work. I consider CBT important and effective, as far as I know. I wrote about how similar the model at its foundation is to my Model. Specifically, compare this representation of the CBT model with this representation of mine Pretty similar: Situation -> thought -> feeling -> action Environment -> belief -> emotion -> behavior I’ve also written about shortcomings[…] Keep reading →