Is it Better to be Completely Honest, a Strategic Truth-Teller or an Occasional Liar?

I used to lie a lot growing up. Not quite as bad as Holden Caulfield in ‘The Catcher in the Rye’: “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’mContinue reading “Is it Better to be Completely Honest, a Strategic Truth-Teller or an Occasional Liar?”

Could You Develop Your Own Guide to Better Living?

The Making of a Genius? In 1726, at the young age of 20, Benjamin Franklin came up with a list of thirteen virtues that he wanted to live his life by. He then carried around a small booklet to track his daily and weekly progress against these virtues. Franklin included an example of this tracking systemContinue reading “Could You Develop Your Own Guide to Better Living?”

Why 18 is the New 15: The Negative Consequences of Always Wanting Our Children to Feel Special and Safe

In 1970, children were thought to be ready to enter Grade One at Primary or Elementary School when they could travel independently around their neighbourhood for 4–8 blocks from their house. This included 6-year-olds being able to go to the shops and buy things by themselves, or walk or ride to school if it was closeContinue reading “Why 18 is the New 15: The Negative Consequences of Always Wanting Our Children to Feel Special and Safe”

Why Bother Overcoming Fears?

Last weekend I managed to complete my PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver Course: PADI Temporary Card Open Water Diver Name: Damon K. Ashworth Diver No.: 1902AA8575 Cert Date: 16-Feb-2019 Instructor Number: 305944 Store/Resort Name: Big Blue Store Number: 36279 This person has satisfactorily met the standards for this certification level as set forth by PADI.Continue reading “Why Bother Overcoming Fears?”

The Four Ultimate Concerns in Life

I’ve been afraid to say this for a while because of how it will be perceived, but my favourite book of all time is actually a textbook. So before you think that makes me someone you would never want to speak to, I’ll ask if you have ever read anything by Irvin Yalom, American PsychiatristContinue reading “The Four Ultimate Concerns in Life”

Why Do Some People Cheat in Relationships and Others Remain Faithful?

With the development of the internet, dating websites, social media, smartphones and dating apps, it is now easier than ever for someone to cheat on their partner or spouse. This same technology can also make it easier to get caught due to the potential digital trail created with each of these unscrupulous liaisons. The AshleyContinue reading “Why Do Some People Cheat in Relationships and Others Remain Faithful?”

Parenting is Tough, but Science Suggests Clear Strategies that Help You to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

In 2018, the American Psychiatric Association identified what they considered to be the three major goals of parenting: “1. Ensuring children’s health and safety 2. Preparing children for life as productive adults, and 3. Transmitting cultural values” Many environmental and biological factors influence a parent’s and a child’s capacity to reach these ambitious goals. However,Continue reading “Parenting is Tough, but Science Suggests Clear Strategies that Help You to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children”

Which Archetype Are You?

Ever notice how any successful story throughout history tends to have a similar cast of characters? If you haven’t bothered counting, I’ll let you know that most characters will fall into one of 12 principal roles, and this explains why and how we can find favourite stories so relatable. Carl Gustav Jung, a famous psychoanalyst,Continue reading “Which Archetype Are You?”

Do the Little Things We Do Matter?

I love the above quote by Lao Tzu. It really highlights that all of the little choices we make in life are important, especially in the long run. Not any choice or particular action unless it is unusually severe or unforgivable. I’m talking about the little things that we do regularly, which accumulate over timeContinue reading “Do the Little Things We Do Matter?”

Ten Traits of Highly Successful People

In 2004, Tom Butler-Bowden, an Australian born author based in England, released the book ’50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Work & Life from 50 Landmark Books’. As well as summarising classic books such as Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’, and Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Get Rich’, Butler-Bowden also suggests his own list ofContinue reading “Ten Traits of Highly Successful People”