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Psyche Toolbox

The psyche toolbox is video clip collection of various strategies that can be used to cope with life's many up's and down's of which - at least in an probable foreseeable future - the escalating AI infiltration should be dealt with by synchronizing human and machine strengths to address and deal with obstacles, especially wicked challenges.

Therefore “Tools” in our psyche and mental toolbox isn't just skills, abilities and competencies, these tools are to understand the intriguing and complex working of the body, mind and soul unit, and how it all fits harmoniously together to create a meaningful whole1). In essence, the psyche toolbox is the awareness of and understanding all the different puzzle pieces that make up the one pictures unit of our unique and rich beingness.

A powerful way to unleash your natural creativityA powerful way to unleash your natural creativity What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They “slow-motion multitask,” actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes... without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares in this
Be humble... and other lessons from the philosophy of waterBe humble... and other lessons from the philosophy of water How do we find fulfillment in a world that's constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the [Tao Te Ching]. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, an idea he's now applying to his everyday life. In this charming
Coping MechanismsCoping Mechanisms Coping mechanisms are a combination of skills, abilities and competencies (i.e. capabilities) that we use to deal with the dynamics of our inner world, which frequently is triggered by outside stimuli that we are confronted with on a daily basis. Coping mechanisms represent our techniques and methods to handle stress, anxieties, dualities, fears, ignorance, uncertainty, confusion, expectations, desires, wants, needs, our goals, objectives, the present, the past, the future, ch…
Designing Your LifeDesigning Your Life Executive director of Stanford’s design program at the d.School, Bill Burnett uses design thinking, a career’s worth of starting companies and coaching students, and a childhood spent drawing cars and airplanes under his Grandmother’s sewing machine to inform his work on how to design your life. In five eyebrow-raising findings, Burnett offers simple but life-changing advice on designing the life you want, whether you are contemplating college or retirement.
Don't fear failure, unlock your inner creativity and say yesDon't fear failure, unlock your inner creativity and say yes What would you try to do if failure had no negative consequence?... Fear of failure suppresses our creativity. Don Dodge explain and illustrate how overcoming early failure lead to creative breakthrough , by saying YES to every available
Don't take consciousness for grantedDon't take consciousness for granted After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover - physically and mentally - beyond all expectations. At a TED conference he tells how this remarkable recovery has led him to a concern over all threats to
Embrace your raw strange magicEmbrace your raw strange magic The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to attain success in the upper echelons of American society
EnlightenmentEnlightenment personal learning, insight and understandingsstark contrastsdogmaticbeliefs understanding(a)ourselves(b) Enlightenment - sourcing from different ways of knowing - is the ultimate outcome or true result of learning, which implies the spreading and sharing of knowledge... founded on higher levels of allfacecontextual truth
Getting stuck in the negatives ...and how to get unstuckGetting stuck in the negatives ...and how to get unstuck Why does a failure seem to stick in our minds so much longer than a success? According to social psychologist Alison Ledgerwood, our perception of the world tends to lean negative, and re-framing how we communicate could be the key to unlocking a more positive outlook. In this
Go ahead, dream about the futureGo ahead, dream about the future “You don't predict the future... you imagine the future,” says sci-fi writer Charlie Jane Anders. In a talk that's part dream, part research-based extrapolation, she takes us on a wild, speculative tour of the delights and challenges the future may hold
How architecture helped music evolveHow architecture helped music evolve As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideasHow boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that
How can we face the future without fear... togetherHow can we face the future without fear... together It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism... all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?
How changing your story, can change your lifeHow changing your story, can change your life Stories help you make sense of your life... but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from the stories you've been telling yourself by
How do we explain consciousness?How do we explain consciousness? Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers in a talk delivered at TED. “There’s nothing we know about more directly... but, at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe
How language shapes the way we thinkHow language shapes the way we think There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world... and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -
How nationalism and globalism can coexistHow nationalism and globalism can coexist Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a TED-talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking and simultaneously be proud citizens of both our countries and the world.
How to let go of being a "good" person... and become a better personHow to let go of being a "good" person... and become a better person What if your attachment to being a “good” person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible TED-talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior -
How we experience awe... and why it mattersHow we experience awe... and why it matters Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe and its psychological and behavioral benefits. In this talk and live performance, he shares some of their findings
I just sued the school system!!!I just sued the school system!!! An depressing illustration of how well present day educational and training systems keeps up with modern changes taking place each and every day. Sad isn't it? toolbox
If you feel lost... watch thisIf you feel lost... watch this “... I think you think” ~ Cooley toolbox
Learn to reprogram your mindLearn to reprogram your mind Neuroscientist and meditation expert Dr. Joe Dispenza explains how to reprogram your mind. Focusing on Body Intelligence to do so. body-mind toolbox
Life SkillsLife Skills Life skills are those skills, abilities and competencies that we implement or apply to interact with our external world. Life skills represent the various techniques and many mechanism that we deploy to communicate, resolve problems, learn, interact, troubleshoot,
Money shameMoney shame Struggling to budget and manage finances is quite common. However, talking honestly and openly about it isn't. Why do we hide our problems around money...? In this thoughtful - personal talk - author Tammy Lally encourages us to break free of
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffeeMy journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart... to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee possible. More than one thousand
Perspective is everythingPerspective is everything The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At a TED-conference, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness. Being aware of and realize that perspective is the way in which we interpret events, collect data, process information and act. In others word -
PreparationPreparation Preparation and being prepared is more of an ART, than it is the mere mastering of skills and gaining abilities. [Preparation is all about creating a psyche and mental "toolbox" to success and learn from failures (i.e. mistakes made).] Preparations are less about technical and physical training - in the end - than it is about mental and psyche preparation. For instance... Boxing is more of a chess game, than a mere exchange of successive and rapid blows in an attempt to claim victo…
Sometimes it is good to give-up the driver's seatSometimes it is good to give-up the driver's seat Over the years, research has shown a counter intuitive fact about human nature: Sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. In this
Stop being a bystander in your lifeStop being a bystander in your life “Life doesn't go from A to B... it's messy,” says sailing legend Tracy Edwards. In this inspiring talk, she tells how she went from teenage misfit to skipper of the first all-female crew in the toughest race on the seas and how she now helps young people around the world achieve their dreams, too.
Success, failure and the drive to keep creatingSuccess, failure and the drive to keep creating Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -
The beauty of being a misfitThe beauty of being a misfit To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance.
The dream we haven't dared to dreamThe dream we haven't dared to dream What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology.
The hidden power of not (always) fitting inThe hidden power of not (always) fitting in This talk is for those individuals who are good at looking like they fit into their various worlds... be it industry/workplace/social group... but who, on the inside, secretly feel like an outsider. Discover how this tendency can mask a real
The history of human emotionsThe history of human emotions The words we use to describe our emotions ultimately affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they've often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined in 1688 as an illness and considered deadly, today it's seen as a much less serious affliction. In this fascinating
The linguistic genius of babiesThe linguistic genius of babies In this TED-talk, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another... by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Creative lab experiments (
The magic of Fabonacci numersThe magic of Fabonacci numers Math is logical, functional and just... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!
The one thing that only 1% of all people actually do!The one thing that only 1% of all people actually do! To exercise Self-Discipline... self-discipline lies at the very foundation of everything that we successfully accomplish in life such as self-determination, self-empowerment, psyche management, happiness, contentment, enthusiasm for life, assurance, security, attunement, a
The psychology of your future selfThe psychology of your future self “Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
The Science DelusionThe Science Delusion Nothing quite upsets people like the critical reflection of a sacred cow. Rupert Sheldrake has done nothing other than dare to critically reflect on science and is ridiculed, because of his views. He hasn't made any claims he hasn't proven, he offers hypothesis for consideration. All he is saying is we need to approach the scientific methodology with an attitude of observation rather than assumption so that we can see what is there instead of projecting our assumptions. Sci…
The stark reality of a global wicked challengeThe stark reality of a global wicked challenge The human race currently finds itself in a thorny catch-22 global position (i.e. a wicked challenge)... we need more food for more people, but agriculture is already destroying our planet! A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin
There is more than one kind of intelligenceThere is more than one kind of intelligence Individual’s first experience of the present day educational and training system is often profoundly alienating. This - in general - isn't the fault of teachers but of the system itself, which assesses us for a particular kind of intelligence and learners pass or fail on ridiculously narrow criteria.
Trying to change? How self-doubt can actually helpTrying to change? How self-doubt can actually help When it comes to change, we’re often our own worst enemy. Anyone who has tried to embark on a professional or personal challenge is familiar with the voice of the inner critic that says things like
What gardening taught me about lifeWhat gardening taught me about life Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist Tobacco Brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world, Brown reveals what gardening can teach us about creating lives of compassion, connection and grace. The
What makes you special?What makes you special? When journalist Mariana Atencio was seven, her father sent her from her home in Venezuela to a summer camp in Brainerd, Minnesota. Unsurprisingly, she was treated like an outsider. Over the course of many more such camps and a senior year in an American high school, she discovered that the best way to belong was to embrace the qualities that made her different. In this deeply personal talk, Atencio describes how these early lessons helped her
What matters more than your talentsWhat matters more than your talents? In this Princeton University graduation address, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes the case that our character is reflected not in the gifts we're endowed with at birth, but . Thus, by the choices we make and decisions we take, we
Why does the universe exist?Why does the universe exist? Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist?... and why are we in it? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none. toolbox
Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mailWhy I have coffee with people who send me hate mail Özlem Cekic's email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament, becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a friend made an unexpected suggestion: to reach out to the hate mail writers and invite them to meet for coffee. Hundreds of
Why people belief weird thingsWhy people belief weird things Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe... and overlook the facts.
Why we don't get what we want... because, it's not what we expectWhy we don't get what we want... because, it's not what we expect Psychologist Dr. Jennice Vilhauer explains the psychological and clinical reasons why we are at the heart of why we're not living the life that we want, because we live a life that we
Why we think we are right... even when we're wrongWhy we think we are right... even when we're wrong Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining our own beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs... or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef, in this TED-talk, examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, illustrated with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When our steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks
Your brain hallucinate your conscious realityYour brain hallucinate your conscious reality Right now, billions of neurons in our brains are working together to generate a consciousness experience... and not just any conscious experience, our experience of the world around us and of ourselves within it. How does this happen?

As Aristotle once said. “The whole is much greater than the sum of its separate parts”. In other words, when individual parts are connected and integrated in a balanced manner to form one functional entity in equilibrium, which - together as one unit - functions in a symbiotic synchronicity… then the WHOLEplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigHolistic:

Relates to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into its parts.
are worth much more than if the separate parts were operating in silos being added together as needed.