Category: Mindset

Christian Mindset, Bible, Mindset, Spiritual Life

Approval seeking and its dangers

Everybody wants to be accepted and approved of. In fact, social rejection (or by inference, sense of rejection by God) can be just as jarring as physical pain. There’s a haunting scene in the gospels in which people respond negatively to Jesus, and while he has a theological explanation for the event at hand, he …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Jordan Peterson and the Psychology of Redemption

Psychology of God Belief In his excellent talk on the psychology of redemption in Christianity, Dr. Jordan Peterson explains how the Christian vision of God creates balance in the people’s minds. It does do by allowing for them to pursue an ideal without treating their own personal interpretations or reductions of that ideal as absolute …

Mindset

The Three Value Systems and Their Mindsets

Here is a rough sketch of three value systems and the three mindsets that seem to correlate with them. These value sets aren’t meant to be seen as ideological. But rather, values observed in practice. So they don’t necessarily go with specific ethical conclusions like “abortion is good” or “polluting is bad.” These are the …

Mindset, Philosophy

N.N. Taleb on Inequality and Skin in the Game

N.N. Taleb writes: Again, on that account, the detractors of Donald Trump, when he was a candidate, failed to realize that, by advertising his episode of bankruptcy and his personal losses of close to a billion dollars, they removed the resentment (the second type of inequality) one may have towards him. There is something respectable …

Christian Mindset, Mindset, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Biblical Mindset

One of the great casualties of modern academic theology and biblical studies is any sense that the Bible offers a philosophy for life. And I don’t just mean that it provides information for the creation of an accurate worldview or political practice. I mean that the Bible offers actual insight into the realities of human nature (mind, …

Education, Mindset, Philosophy

Philosophy’s Meaning and Utility

What is Philosophy? When you hear the word philosophy your eyes may glaze over while you immediately start thinking about pizza or video games. One of the chief criticisms of liberal arts degrees (especially philosophy) today is that they are pointless and cannot help you to make money (source). But this causes many people to think that …

Mindset

Mindset: understand your self theory to improve it

Mindset? Your mindset is the collection of beliefs, attitudes, and thought processes that you and the groups you’re a part of use to approach the world. Mindset has become a buzz-word of sorts in education, business, and psychological circles. Food is a buzzword in hungry circles. So, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. Well, why …

Christian Mindset, Mindset, Spiritual Life

If you should sin

St. Peter of Damaskos, in his treatise on The Great Benefit of True Repentance, wrote: It is always possible to make a new start by means of repentance. ‘You fell,’ it is written, ‘now arise’ (cf. Prov. 24: 16). And if you fall again, then rise again, without despairing at all of your salvation, no …

Book-Review, Mindset

Book Review: Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich

Introduction Mike Cernovich is a civil rights lawyer, though I do not think he practices any longer. He’s considered a controversial figure. I don’t really care about that. A person could be utterly terrible, but it does not change the merit of their arguments or the truth value of their claims. I first came across …

Book-Review, Mindset

Review of Mindset by Carol Dweck

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck This is a review and appreciation of Carol Dweck’s book on mindset. The topic of mindset is important to me because I’m a teacher and I often struggle with my own sense of melancholy and of having a static self. The negatives: The worst part about …