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Making the cost-benefit analysis for mental awakening


Our beliefs are the lenses through which we perceive life. In turn, those beliefs are influenced by our perception of previous experiences. So, what if we accidentally misperceive something?


When you misperceive what you experience, it clouds the lens through which you perceive later experiences, which makes it more likely you misperceive those experiences as well. With such a series of clouded lenses, it’s only a matter of time before you run into real-life problems or dilemmas that appear unsolvable. Not because they are, but because of your distorted percep- tion of reality.


Through working with clients, author and coach Richard van der Linde found that most large real-life problems find their origin at the very first lens of perception: unclarity about what one believes to constitute the self. Making up your mind about this, based on what honestly feels most convincing after informing yourself well has proven to be a great way to solve those unsolvable appearing real-life problems.


This book presents an objective overview of interesting arguments from dozens of books. It covers ten topics, ranging from neuroscience, philosophy and even religion to practical experiments.


Are you really what you think you are, or perhaps not? By the end of the book, you’ll have your answer and, perhaps, also the solution to your unsolvable problems and dilemmas.

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