Academy of Ideas

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Brendon
 Jul 27, 2019
Highly recommended for anyone looking to better understand self, others and society as a whole. Very insightful and has introduced me to some incredible books!


 Feb 9, 2019

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Free Minds for a Free Society

Episode Date
The Psychology of the Anti-Hero
11:55
“When we appreciate how natural it is for man to strive to be a hero, how deeply it goes in his evolutionary and organismic constitution…then … Read More ›
May 20, 2020
Life as a Quest – The Antidote to a Wasted Existence
12:54
“Adventure shatters the oppressive, insistent reality as if it were a piece of glass. It is the unforeseen, the unthought-of, the new. Each adventure is … Read More ›
Apr 28, 2020
How to Be Free in an Unfree World
11:47
“In such epochs where the highest values of life—our peace, our independence, our basic rights, all that makes our existence more pure, more beautiful, all … Read More ›
Apr 15, 2020
How to Fortify the Mind in Times of Crisis
9:35
“Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” John Finley To trigger a nervous breakdown in someone you could apply the following steps: Force your victim … Read More ›
Mar 30, 2020
What Would Nietzsche Think of 21st Century Society?
13:47
Friedrich Nietzsche believed himself to be a philosophical physician. One of his missions in life was to help others understand the sickness into which modern … Read More ›
Mar 18, 2020
How to Integrate Your Shadow – The Dark Side is Unrealized Potential
11:02
“Good does not become better by being exaggerated, but worse, and a small evil becomes a big one through being disregarded and repressed. The shadow … Read More ›
Feb 27, 2020
The School of Anxiety is The School of Greatness
9:41
“How can a man come to know himself? Never by thinking, but by doing. Try to do your duty and you will know at once … Read More ›
Feb 18, 2020
Solitude and Self-Realization: Why You Should Spend More Time Alone
10:19
“Do not die of another person’s misery.” Baltasar Gracián While there are countless ways that we sabotage ourselves, sometimes our problems are not generated by … Read More ›
Jan 30, 2020
The Ideal Body: Use Your Body to Shape a Great Character
11:04
“If body structure and temperament are related, as anyone who studies human nature can determine, the question then is: Can one change the character of … Read More ›
Jan 09, 2020
The Ideal Body: How our Body Shapes our Character
11:46
“. . .the living organism expresses itself in movement more clearly than in words. But not alone in movement! In pose, in posture, in attitude … Read More ›
Dec 19, 2019
How to Stop Being a Coward
10:27
In our age of anxiety and victimhood, courage is a trait that many of us sorely lack. For who among us could not create a … Read More ›
Nov 21, 2019
How to Change Your Attitude to Change Your Life
9:49
“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, … Read More ›
Nov 06, 2019
How to Turn Your Mind from an Enemy to an Ally
9:00
“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I … Read More ›
Oct 09, 2019
Freedom and Anxiety: The Inner God vs The Inner Worm
10:07
“Can freedom become a burden, too heavy for man to bear, something he tries to escape from?” Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom Man is a … Read More ›
Sep 24, 2019
Machiavelli – The Rulers vs The Ruled
11:07
“Daring as it is to investigate the unknown, even more so it is to question the known.” Kaspar It is often said that to understand … Read More ›
Aug 21, 2019
How to Find a Purpose and the Psychology of the Daemon
10:25
“Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path. You may remember this “something” as a signal calling in childhood when an … Read More ›
Aug 06, 2019
Rapid Personality Change and the Psychological Rebirth
11:33
“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?” Nietzsche, Thus … Read More ›
Jul 09, 2019
Modern Art and the Decline of Civilization
12:36
We live in an age where our extensive scientific knowledge and our love of all things objective and measurable has placed religion in a precarious … Read More ›
Jun 19, 2019
Carl Jung and the Psychology of the Man-Child
9:55
To watch the rest of this video series – and all our Membership Videos – become a Supporting Member! Become a Supporting Member “Man cannot … Read More ›
Jun 05, 2019
The Outsider’s Guide to the Social World
9:55
Shakespeare famously claimed that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” and this theatrical quality of life is nowhere … Read More ›
May 16, 2019
Why Purpose and Discipline Promote Psychological Well-Being
7:21
“Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. To become strong, a man’s life needs … Read More ›
Apr 30, 2019
How to Overcome the Downward Pull of Other People
9:28
“A man’s shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.” Goethe Of the many factors which influence our psychological health, … Read More ›
Apr 11, 2019
The Benefits of Reading Great Books
7:08
“Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use?…They are for nothing but to inspire.” Ralph Waldo … Read More ›
Mar 29, 2019
Why Public Schools and the Mainstream Media Dumb Us Down
10:50
“Resist much, obey little; Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved; Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, of this earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.” … Read More ›
Mar 19, 2019
The Psychology of Resilience: Thriving in Adversity
7:22
“Excellence withers without an adversary.” Seneca, Letters from a Stoic Life deals us an abundance of obstacles and adversities and so, one would think, the … Read More ›
Mar 01, 2019
Carl Jung on Overcoming Anxiety Disorders
11:25
“The perpetual hesitation of the neurotic to launch out into life is readily explained by his desire to stand aside so as not to get … Read More ›
Feb 25, 2019
Carl Jung and The Value of Anxiety Disorders
10:13
“I am not altogether pessimistic about neurosis. In many cases we have to say, “Thank heaven he could make up his mind to be neurotic.” … Read More ›
Jan 29, 2019
Why You Should Strive for a Meaningful Life, Not a Happy One
9:44
“There is only one inborn error, and that is the notion that we exist in order to be happy….So long as we persist in this … Read More ›
Jan 11, 2019
Nietzsche and The Human Animal: The Domesticated and The Strong
10:00
“I call an animal, a species, an individual corrupt, when it loses its instincts, when it chooses, when it prefers, what is harmful to it.” … Read More ›
Dec 20, 2018
The Psychology of Self-Sabotage and Resistance
8:30
Each month we create a new video for those who support us through our membership program – this video is one of them. To gain … Read More ›
Dec 06, 2018
Nietzsche and Jung: Myth and the Age of the Hero
10:28
“Here we have our present age … bent on the extermination of myth. Man today, stripped of myth, stands famished among all his pasts and … Read More ›
Nov 22, 2018
The Problem of Anger – How to Use the Power of Your Dark Side
9:01
We are lived by Powers we pretend to understand.  (W. H. Auden) Of all the powers that shape our life, our emotions stand out both … Read More ›
Oct 31, 2018
The Psychology of Depression – How To Ruin Your Life
10:00
“I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.” (John Keats) Rare is the … Read More ›
Oct 15, 2018
Why Passivity Breeds Mediocrity and Mental Illness
8:37
“This is one of the most urgent problems for civilized man. He has created civilization to give himself security. Security for what? For boredom? His … Read More ›
Sep 27, 2018
Performing Therapy On Yourself: Self-Knowledge and Self-Realization
8:19
Why do so many people fail to flourish? And what can we do in our own life to ensure we do not succumb to the … Read More ›
Sep 10, 2018
Social Media and The Psychology of Loneliness
8:52
“All man’s history is an endeavor to shatter his loneliness.” (Norman Cousins, Modern Man is Obsolete) In today’s world, with all the technologies built to … Read More ›
Aug 21, 2018
The Addict in Us All: How Smartphones are Creating a Population of Addicts
7:51
“Speak not of gifts, or innate talents! One can name all kinds of great men who were not very gifted. But they acquired greatness, became … Read More ›
Jul 30, 2018
Epictetus and Stoicism: The Wisdom of the Slave Philosopher
7:05
“Always to seek to conquer myself rather than fortune, to change my desires rather than the order of the world, and generally to believe that … Read More ›
Jun 30, 2018
Aldous Huxley and Brave New World: The Dark Side of Pleasure
8:43
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” (Goethe) These words were written by Goethe nearly 200 years ago, but … Read More ›
Jun 21, 2018
Why We Can’t Vote Our Way to Freedom
8:54
For hundreds of years freedom reigned as a preeminent value in Western civilization, and with the abolition of slavery in the mid-19th century, the tide … Read More ›
May 23, 2018
Abraham Maslow and the Psychology of Self-Actualization
6:07
“What human beings can be, they must be.” (Abraham Maslow, Motivation and Personality) In the early-20th century, psychologists were primarily concerned with the sicknesses that … Read More ›
May 08, 2018
Why We Struggle To Change
7:37
“To be human, is not a fact, but a task.” (Soren Kierkegaard) As Kierkegaard, and many others have long realized, life is a continual series … Read More ›
Apr 11, 2018
How We Enslave Ourselves
7:51
Since the birth of civilization, tyrannical rulers have plagued mankind. Driven by an insatiable appetite for power such individuals have done their best to control … Read More ›
Mar 21, 2018
Carl Jung, the Shadow, and the Dangers of Psychological Projection
8:04
“The sad truth is that man’s real life consists of a complex of inexorable opposites—day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and … Read More ›
Feb 28, 2018
Soren Kierkegaard and The Psychology of Anxiety
6:29
“Just as a physician might say that there is very likely not one single living human being who is completely healthy, so anyone who really … Read More ›
Feb 20, 2018
Soren Kierkegaard and The Psychology of Anxiety
6:29
“Just as a physician might say that there is very likely not one single living human being who is completely healthy, so anyone who really … Read More ›
Feb 20, 2018
The Psychological Benefits of Contemplating Death
6:15
“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of … Read More ›
Jan 31, 2018
The Psychological Benefits of Contemplating Death
6:15
“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of … Read More ›
Jan 31, 2018
Ralph Waldo Emerson and The Psychology of Self-Reliance
5:52
“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great … Read More ›
Jan 18, 2018
Ralph Waldo Emerson and The Psychology of Self-Reliance
5:52
“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great … Read More ›
Jan 18, 2018
George Orwell and 1984: How Freedom Dies
7:38
Find a list of the images used in the video here. George Orwell’s writings have experienced a spike in popularity over the past decade and … Read More ›
Dec 30, 2017
George Orwell and 1984: How Freedom Dies
7:38
Find a list of the images used in the video here. George Orwell’s writings have experienced a spike in popularity over the past decade and … Read More ›
Dec 30, 2017
The Psychology of Authenticity
7:35
“Poets, philosophers and seers have always concerned themselves with the idea of a true self, and the betrayal of the self has been a typical … Read More ›
Dec 12, 2017
The Psychology of Authenticity
7:35
“Poets, philosophers and seers have always concerned themselves with the idea of a true self, and the betrayal of the self has been a typical … Read More ›
Dec 12, 2017
The Psychology of Alfred Adler: Superiority, Inferiority and Courage
8:58
“It would not be easy to find another author,” wrote Henri Ellenberger in The Discovery of the Unconscious, “from which so much has been borrowed … Read More ›
Nov 29, 2017
The Psychology of Alfred Adler: Superiority, Inferiority and Courage
8:58
“It would not be easy to find another author,” wrote Henri Ellenberger in The Discovery of the Unconscious, “from which so much has been borrowed … Read More ›
Nov 29, 2017
The Jonah Complex and the Fear of Greatness
6:08
“The impetus that makes you fly is our great human possession. Everybody has it. It is the feeling of being linked with the roots of … Read More ›
Nov 14, 2017
The Jonah Complex and the Fear of Greatness
6:08
“The impetus that makes you fly is our great human possession. Everybody has it. It is the feeling of being linked with the roots of … Read More ›
Nov 14, 2017
Carl Jung: What is the Individuation Process?
11:04
Far too many of us are oblivious to the dangers that some of our behavioural patterns pose to our long-term well-being. Instead of facing up … Read More ›
Oct 26, 2017
Carl Jung: What is the Individuation Process?
11:04
Far too many of us are oblivious to the dangers that some of our behavioural patterns pose to our long-term well-being. Instead of facing up … Read More ›
Oct 26, 2017
Nietzsche and Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Last Man and The Superman
10:19
In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the main character leaves his home at the age of 30 and retreats into the mountains hoping to find enlightenment. There, … Read More ›
Oct 17, 2017
Nietzsche and Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Last Man and The Superman
10:19
In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the main character leaves his home at the age of 30 and retreats into the mountains hoping to find enlightenment. There, … Read More ›
Oct 17, 2017
The Psychology of Self-Transformation
10:38
Find a list of the paintings used in the video here. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden) Henry … Read More ›
Sep 28, 2017
The Psychology of Self-Transformation
10:38
Find a list of the paintings used in the video here. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden) Henry … Read More ›
Sep 28, 2017
Nietzsche and Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Becoming Gods
11:17
“God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!  How shall we console our selves, the most murderous of all murderers?  The holiest and the … Read More ›
Sep 19, 2017
Nietzsche and Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Becoming Gods
11:17
“God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!  How shall we console our selves, the most murderous of all murderers?  The holiest and the … Read More ›
Sep 19, 2017
Decentralization and Freedom
10:30
Governments are responsible for some of the greatest atrocities in history. The 20th century was particularly brutal in this respect, with tens of millions of … Read More ›
Aug 31, 2017
Decentralization and Freedom
10:30
Governments are responsible for some of the greatest atrocities in history. The 20th century was particularly brutal in this respect, with tens of millions of … Read More ›
Aug 31, 2017
The Psychology of Solitude
7:50
“The fear of finding oneself alone – that is what they suffer from – and so they don’t find themselves at all.” (Andre Gide, The … Read More ›
Aug 22, 2017
The Psychology of Solitude
7:50
“The fear of finding oneself alone – that is what they suffer from – and so they don’t find themselves at all.” (Andre Gide, The … Read More ›
Aug 22, 2017
The Psychology of Self-Deception
10:28
“With all that which a person allows to appear, one may ask: what is it meant to hide? What should it divert the eyes from?. … Read More ›
Jul 27, 2017
The Psychology of Self-Deception
10:28
“With all that which a person allows to appear, one may ask: what is it meant to hide? What should it divert the eyes from?. … Read More ›
Jul 27, 2017
Edward Bernays and Group Psychology: Manipulating the Masses
11:50
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this … Read More ›
Jul 12, 2017
Edward Bernays and Group Psychology: Manipulating the Masses
11:50
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this … Read More ›
Jul 12, 2017
The Psychology of Conformity
10:56
“For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) This remark by Ralph Waldo Emerson makes it clear that the forces of … Read More ›
Jun 28, 2017
The Psychology of Conformity
10:56
“For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) This remark by Ralph Waldo Emerson makes it clear that the forces of … Read More ›
Jun 28, 2017
Carl Jung and the Spiritual Problem of the Modern Individual
11:32
As a practicing psychologist and keen observer of the Western world, Carl Jung noticed that many people in his day were afflicted by debilitating feelings … Read More ›
Jun 14, 2017
Carl Jung and the Spiritual Problem of the Modern Individual
11:32
As a practicing psychologist and keen observer of the Western world, Carl Jung noticed that many people in his day were afflicted by debilitating feelings … Read More ›
Jun 14, 2017
The Psychology of Envy and Social Justice
10:06
“Our envy of others devours us most of all.” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago) Stretching back to the time of the Ancient Greeks, countless philosophers have … Read More ›
May 30, 2017
The Psychology of Envy and Social Justice
10:06
“Our envy of others devours us most of all.” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago) Stretching back to the time of the Ancient Greeks, countless philosophers have … Read More ›
May 30, 2017