Psychology Has It Backwards

Episode 72: Addiction to the Intellect

Think of the intellect, our personal mind, as our individual library, collections of everything we’ve learned or thought about, representing all we know so far. It is what allows us to study and learn, to do our work, to remember how to get around places, to recall people we know, to enjoy reminiscing, and also to scare ourselves with recollections of our difficulties or bad experiences. We depend on our intellect, and we can become so attached to it and enamored of what we know that we lose sight of the greatest resource we have, access to the unknown and to wisdom beyond the intellect from which, in a quiet mind, we gain insights and new answers and fresh ideas to guide us.

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