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About Designing the Mind
Designing the Mind is a self-development organization focused on providing wisdom education and expanding human potential beyond the norm. It draws heavily from thinkers like Lao Tzu, the Buddha, Marcus Aurelius, and Nietzsche, but it’s something new. From cognitive therapy and humanistic psychology, yet it isn’t meant for the broken. Its central theme of psychitecture represents a new, modern way of viewing and iteratively improving your mind. Learn more at designingthemind.org.
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Neuropsychology tells us that the human mind is infinitely malleable and adaptable. We know it is possible to rewire emotions and build deep tranquility into our minds. We know we can overcome the biased beliefs and self-limiting habits that hold us back from our potential. Yet when we actually seek to modify and master our minds, we are usually met with shallow life hacks and fleeting fixes.
Fortunately, many great ancient philosophers left behind the open-source cognitive code for altering your own mental patterns and becoming your ideal self. Legendary thinkers like the Buddha, Marcus Aurelius, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Abraham Maslow have revealed the insights for building a brilliant mind, and award-winning systems designer, Ryan A Bush, weaves them into a vital theory for helping individuals scale the heights of self-mastery and lead great lives.
"A fascinating framework" - Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization
If you struggle with persistent negative thoughts, stress and anxiety, or difficulty setting or achieving your goals, this modern self-mastery manual is essential reading. After reading this book, you will understand:
- How your mental algorithms determine your personal trajectory
- How the Stoics overcame negativity and cultivated unshakeable peace
- How to master the mechanisms behind your habits and behaviors
- The right way to introspect and balance rationality and emotion
- How the Buddha mastered his thoughts and desires
- The difference between decoy goals and defined goals
- The four threats to self-direction: craving, compliance, comfort, and corruption
- How to use your desires to fuel you instead of make you suffer
- How to put an end to negative thoughts and rumination
- How to achieve big goals effortlessly
- And much more...
"It has already changed my life, and I know it will change others as well" - Aaron T. Perkins, Executive Leadership Coach
Though most never learn to change their default programming, it is possible to rewire your cognitive biases, change your ingrained habits, and transform your emotional reactions. The process of psychitecture will enable you to unplug from your own mind, alter its underlying patterns, and become the architect of your own enlightenment.
With so much chaos in our outer world, it can be all too easy for us to neglect our inner world. But it is this inner world which holds the keys to our peace and flourishing. The great philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers have all argued that happiness is found, not in building the perfect life, but in fortifying and mastering the vehicle through which we traverse it.
This collection contains many lifetimes worth of wisdom from brilliant teachers of the art of living, like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, The Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and many more. It also features findings and insights from modern spiritual teachers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. And it now includes astute commentary based on a deep understanding of the thinkers and ideas presented.
In this book, you will:
Gain insights from Stoic philosopher Seneca on overcoming anger
Find guidance from the Buddha on letting go of unhelpful attachments
Learn from Robert Greene why continual discomfort is necessary for growth
Hear how Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius embraced challenges and change
Reflect on living an authentic life with Steve Jobs
Hear what Confucius believed constituted the superior being
Find direction on sculpting and overcoming yourself from Friedrich Nietzsche
Learn how to eliminate negative thoughts and bad moods from Dr. David Burns
And hear how to use difficulties in our lives as opportunities to grow from the Dalai Lama
This simple book of quotes can serve as a daily reminder to focus on mastering yourself before trying to master the world. By studying these teachings, you'll find tranquility, inspiration, and wisdom on a life well-lived.