There is so much knowledge, insight, and ideas to learn from in our world that it can be a bit overwhelming to think about trying to build a perspective on everything if you tried in a lifetime.
What kind of ideas are not as common for the average person to be learning about, but might be beneficial in building a foundation of perspective for anyone trying to live their best life? Below are three I think every person could benefit from exploring to build a better relation with the world.
Psychology is practically everything about your experience with reality. Perception, relationships, personality, and attitudes are just some of the building blocks of how you live and function. I received a psychology minor through my undergraduate coursework, motivated to do so by the initial Psychology 101 class I took as a freshman. It seemed beneficial, as I felt like I was relating what I was learning with my own mind, building an understanding of the self as a functioning being as well as learning how humans operate in general. As you learn about methods in something like research in psychology, you come to understand that living is somewhat like research within itself. It’s almost like your conducting experiments as you move through the world and you don’t really even know it.
You may come to appreciate the differences that make up person to person as you come to understand the building blocks of personality. You can come to understand who you are, grapple your relation with reality and help potentially maximize your life through this lens with your existing relationships, career, and approach towards others. All in all, people in their essence are a bunch of biological beings infused and controlled by electrical impulses inside a highly complex organ. Maybe this would transpire more open minds as new people come and go in an individuals life.
Abnormal psychology is defined area in psychology that could highly benefit building insight into as a society. More people than you probably think experience mental health problems of varying degrees, many of them severe in nature. Stigma towards mental health issues has perhaps began to take a turn for the better, as many people of influence are more vocal about their anxiety and depression. But what about the highly complicated and severe problems that many deal with like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that are perhaps viewed in misunderstood ways by the outsider? Perhaps educating those in a high school health class around the mental health issues that can evolve in your early adulthood would help bring both insight to help those who would be predisposed and potentially develop these problems, as well as break down some stigma early in the lives of young people to better help understand what these diseases can entail.
Psychology is everything about your experience with reality. It seems fundamentally important in a way that understanding it can bring greater self-awareness and maybe even greater introspection with the self to the individual, both of which are things that would help a person if they had more of it. Building a better perspective internally and externally can start with insightful learning into psychology.
I recently heard the statement on a podcast that said, “Everyone is a philosopher until they become an adult.” If that is the case, why does one stop being a philosopher as they enter into the real world? Perhaps people stop asking questions as they get older. People grow into the systematic nature of what everyone does; get a job, get married, have children. It can be almost expected on the self to be following an orderly lifestyle through the decades of your adult life. Maybe this is changing. Maybe it isn’t.
Keeping a questioning mindset could benefit so many. I feel that questioning within its nature is how change can be made. Asking yourself simple questions can keep yourself open minded. Discovering philosophies on existence, religion, logic, and reason may allow you to question your own beliefs and discover something new that may resonate with your own evolving perspective and allow you to better evolve over time.
Maintaining the inner philosopher within you might help you accomplish more with your life, in whatever way success looks to you. Learning to question something like religious beliefs may lead you to better understand your own actuality within existence, and the possibilities or boundaries that would exhibit on your own life. Learning to question your own logic at the right times may help you better navigate the problems that approach you. Maintaining that inner philosopher within us through our life could lead to deep insight that might push you to fall outside the norm.
Money makes the world go round… perhaps. It is difficult to imagine living life without money, using it as a tool of exchange and spending time working to accumulate money. Some people want a lot of it and some people don’t care about it. Regardless, it’s very difficult not to need it.
I get the sense in the world that many people don’t think critically around money. Many of us go through the motion that it’s a necessary aspect of our lives.
Do they understand where it comes from? How it is created? Where it’s intrinsic value is going?
Do they understand what banks do with their money? The foundations of the cost of money? What is money?
For something that requires us to spend a significant amount of our lives working for the accumulation of it, understanding the economics of money to some fundamental level by the average person might help their perspective towards what the value money is to them and to the world. Our lives have become fundamentally built around a world where money exists, for the good and the bad. Perspective of it might help drive an individual to think about the monetary world from outside the box. For something that shifts the direction of the aggregate world down to the influencing day to day decisions of the individual, we have little understanding of what is happening with money.
A fundamental thought that might spark one’s curiosity to view money through a different lens is this: money is simply a figment of somebody else’s imagination. Understanding the world in which others have created may help in your own personal navigation of your life.
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