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Richard Peterson

Kent, great blog! The hard part is training oneself to recognize emotions when they are situated underneath awareness by design (neural structure). And even then, if we can become aware of the mistakes we make and the emotions that driove them, we still might not be able to do anything about it. That may be why complex behavioral problems like addiction are so prevalent -- the addicts know what they're doing is wrong, and they are often self-aware about their cravings, but they follow through with them anyway. It's a tough project, cracking these issues. You might find the investor personality tests and behavioral finance resources on my website interesting: www.marketpsych.com. Keep up the good work!

Best regards,

The Financial Philosopher

Excellent points! I'm certainly no PhD but I've observed that, if people know themselves, they are giving themselves the chance to find their true potential. I've stated before that "knowing yourself" is two-fold: Knowing yourself as a person and knowing yourself as a human.

While there are certain traits that are "hard-wired" into our brains as individuals, I can't help but believe (or hope) that philosophy will help people understand why they are feeling what they are feeling. In your example, I would imagine many people turn to self-distructive habits because of depression, which I believe can be prevented, especially in young people...

I will write more on this on a post I am preparing called "How Philosophy Can Save the World."


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