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What Is the Psychology Arena?

Clear Your Mind

"Body and soul are not two different things,
but only two different ways of perceiving the same thing.
Similarly, physics and psychology are only different attempts
to link our perceptions together
by way of systematic thought."
- Albert Einstein

Many of us think about keeping our body healthy and fit.

But what our minds? Or emotions?

Individuals today unavoidably confront a series of formidable challenges: navigating modern life and avoiding, overcoming, or coping with such things as "anxiety," "depression," stress, various addictions, all manners of disorders ranging from eating to sex, and more.

We usually face these challenges with zero preparation, education, or training on how to deal with it, and not even armed with so much as, say, the equivalent of a map, dictionary, compass, or even a reliable, working theory of human nature.

If all this wasn't challenging enough, we also have to do this in an environment flooded with misinformation, high-minded nonsense, well-intentioned incompetence, noble-sounding but misleading platitudes, fragmented clumps of irrelevant facts, manipulative sales pitches and every so often, downright fraud.

Insanity tends to create more insanity. Healthy individuals can be made to feel unhealthy, and sane folks can sometimes be driven crazy by the crazy people around them. With all this, it's a wonder that any of us have made it as far as we have.

But we're here. We have made it this far, and we're probably going to make it further. If someone is reading this page right now, it probably means that they're already "working on the problem" to some degree - the same problem we're working on - of how to not only get and stay sane, but how to be emotionally and mentally fit - even exceptionally fit - even in these crazy times. And to us, that means there's hope.

And there's good reason for hope. After all, there are a lot of secrets out there - many nuggets of wisdom laying around, waiting to be collected, that can change lives, dramatically, for the better. But many of them - for example, in the self-help field - are scattered around, disorganized, in a thousand different places, never there where you need it. Part of our job is gathering it, here, so you can have it when you need it.

So essentially, The LiveReal Psychology Arena is about living in the struggles, trials, and challenges of modern life, and fighting to keep your sanity intact.

Our approach is different. We avoid the "everyone is wounded in some way or another, and we all have to find some way to heal" assumption that underlies so much of what passes for psychology these days.

Our approach is positive. We don't merely focus on healing wounds, overcoming flaws and complexes, and eliminating negatives, whether real or imagined. Instead, we focus on building mental toughness, developing emotional teflon, psychological intelligence, nerves of steel; becoming, so to speak, an inner Jedi, a blackbelt of the mind and heart. It isn't enough to master our bodies; we want to master our minds and emotions, to whatever degree possible, and not just survive, but thrive.

It's about inner freedom - from the grip of fear, anxiety, anger, depression, doubt, confusion, worry, and other emotions - and living with confidence, clarity, inner strength, and honest, no-bull, happiness (whatever that means).

It's the search for sanity, clarity, and peace of mind: understanding who has it, who doesn't have it, why, and how we can find it.

It's about arming and empowering you with practical, no-nonsense, street-smart tools to help you find real sanity, clarity, and peace of mind in a crazy world.

That is our goal here.

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"The soul is subject to health and disease,
just as is the body.
The health and disease of both...
undoubtedly depend upon beliefs and customs,
which are peculiar to mankind."
- Maimonides

Some Stats:

    • More people die from suicide than from homicide in the United States. (Between 1990 and 1996, 216,631 Americans committed suicide. During the same time, there were 161,020 murders committed in the United States. Source: National Center for Health Statistics).
    • "The fact is that today mental illness is the second leading cause of disability, the second leading cause of premature death in the United States. By any measure, we believe it's a public health crisis."
      (former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala.)
    • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among children, persons aged 10-24. (Source:U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, "Assessing Health Risk Behaviors Among Young People: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System," 1998).
    • Between 1962 and 1996, the teenage suicide rate increased 155 percent. (Source: Centers for Disease Control).
    • A person commits suicide about every 17 minutes in the U.S., but it is estimated that an attempt is made about once every minute. (Source: Understanding, TED Conferences Inc. 1999.)
    • The World Health Organization now ranks depression as the developed world's most disabling disease for women. (World Health Organization, "The Global Burden of Disease," edited by Christopher J. L. Murray and Alan D. Lopez, 1996).
  • Despite unprecedented knowledge gained in just the past three decades about
    the brain and human behavior, mental health is often an afterthought . . ." (Surgeon General David Satcher, December 13th, 1999)

Your LiveReal Agents searching for wisdom and smoking cigarettes...

- these are the problems
that LiveReal is working to solve:

to take the best, most practical, no-nonsense wisdom available on the planet,
gather it in one place,
translate it into English,
and talk about what really works.

We hope you find it helpful.

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"Man would fain be great and sees that he is little;
would fain be happy and sees that he is miserable;
would fain be perfect and sees that he is full of imperfections;
would fain be the object of the love and esteem of men,
and sees that his faults merit only their aversion and contempt.
The embarrassment wherein he finds himself produces in him
the most unjust and criminal passions imaginable,
for he conceives a mortal hatred
against that truth
which blames him
and convinces him of his faults."
Blaise Pascal

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