Weekend Article Roundup II

Saturday is back and so is the Article Roundup! (Anybody have a more fun and witty name?) There are quite a few this time around. Apparently, I have this problem of stashing articles on my “read later” list by just opening them in the browser on my phone and then…

Ignoring them for months. So some of these even go back to February.

AaaanyWHays. Lots of goodies on philosophy, psych, and good physical health stuff this time around!

Starting with Philosophy, Open Culture has given us a huge list of free, online philosophy classes, for those interested in pursuing such a thing. From Ancient Philosophy to contemporary ideas, Ethics, or Indian Philosophy, or just about anything else you can think of. Politics, Science, Religion. If the world even exists. There’s a course for it. So go, run amuck and learn something new and weird and terribly interesting. At the very least you might learn how to deal with your next existential spiral. 🙂

In a throwback to logic, The University of Pittsburgh has a neat little intro to Argument that has a good primer on the difference between arguments and basic logic. It’s one I wish I had listed in my post on How To Argue With Yourself, but, oh well. (I’m not fond of retroactively updating posts.)

Another throwback is this Longreads post titled Alan Watts and the Eternal Present. You should (obviously) read it. Tom Maxwell gives us a brief, but good introduction to Watts and how he unpacks the utility of living in the moment.

And one last philosophy article before I move on to other topics; ThoughtCo gives us some insight into Sartre’s idea of Bad Faith. While Sartre may have had his shortcomings, (really liking Communism as one of them) his concept of Bad Faith is one I very much like, as it deals with personal responsibility for your own experiences. Sartre believed we were all doomed to be completely free. And it’s not a universal positive (not in a ‘MURICA way)- because it means that every action we take is 100% on us, in some form. It’s a philosophy that highlights choice and its consequenses. From Sartre’s perspective, freedom is more of a terror for man than a blessing. It’s an interesting and thought provoking read. Another I highly recommend.

Psychology Today offers a guide to finding legitimate Self Help websites. Because a lot of them are run by really crappy people. They also offer up some encouraging information that your self control is stronger than you think. So if you’re trying to implement changes in your life, and feel yourself beginning to weaken, just remember that you can keep going!

Quillette released an article defending and explaining the view of Myth according to Carl Jung, after another online journal smeared some misunderstanding all over his work. Jung did not write for the average reader, and some degree of misinterpretation is understandable in his work. But the degree reported here is just silly. Either way, a good read for those both familiar, and unfamilliar with Jung’s work.

BBC Future gave us an article showing some of the biological links between Five Factor personality traits. Self knowlege is a great thing for both minimizing the amount of suffering in your life, as well as maximizing the amount of positive experience. Realizing what’s going on in our biological functions gives you another edge in understanding what you could do about such things.

The wide world of Youtube, full of equal parts BS, and wonderment, give us 5 Bad Habits That Damage Your Brain, and then a TED Talk on how to break bad habits. Best of luck, my friends.

And onto fitness. I’ll probably die touting how much exercise is not jsut good for looking swole, but for giving you and maintaining your physical and mental health. For those of us who have no idea what we’re doing, here’s 25 fitness terms for newbies to know. This can be useful for decoding what the heck is going on, and also give you some idea as to what’s good to look into more and incorporate into your routines.

Now, before I get into the next two articles, I wanna put out a general disclaimer: If you haven’t done the exercises before, or anything ever find a class before you do it at home. The problem is that if you’re new, so is your level of body awareness. Many workout related injuries come from poor body awareness; either someone didn’t realize that they were putting pressure in the wrong places, or that signal from your body actually meant “OMG PLZ STAHP” A competent teacher/trainer can point out good and bad body mechanics to prevent injury before it happens. Also, again, if competent, can know when you can push yourself harder, or when you need to back off, but aren’t.

Now! That out of the way,  Calorie Bee’s gives us their list of great online yoga classes, and the Chicago Tribune gives us their list of great YouTube Fitness classes. Maybe you love them. Maybe you hate them. But, free resources can be a great way to get your movement in throughout your week!

Enjoy your weekend, full of great reads! As always, I hope it’s full of great information that gives you tools for aiding in your path from depression and anxiety! There are many causes and combinations of depression and anxiety, and just as many solutions.

As always, feel free to share anything great you came across yourself in the comments!

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