Edward Bernays: My Job Is to Manipulate You

Edward Bernays knew something about manipulating the masses.  The ideas of his uncle Freud helped him gain an understanding of group psychology.  He put this knowledge at the service of companies or politicians to control and manipulate the masses. ...

Cracking the Code of the Inner World

Our inner world is a very complex universe.  The probability to know ourselves in totality is very low.  Is it even possible to know ourselves in part?  Why is that matter?  What do we expect to find inside us?  And by which means we can walk...

Islamic Psychology: A Model Where Faith Has Its Place

Before tackling Islamic psychology, the first step is to dispel confusion.  When it comes to the distinct features of our being, what I found confusing at first was the Arabic words, their meanings, and their English translations.  Ruh can mean soul or...

Our Negative Emotions Are More Useful Than You Think

Younger, I was as ignorant about negative emotions as someone could be.  Without exaggeration, I would give myself a zero in emotional literacy. I was considering the negative emotions as the enemy to suppress.  And, of course, I failed to suppress them...

How Despair Can Help Us Live a Better Life?

In general, we define despair as the loss of hope, rarely as a necessary disease to connect with the divine.  In the nineteenth century, Soren Kierkegaard wrote his philosophical work “The Sickness unto Death”.  It’s a penetrating dive...