Today’s topic is about the word “want.” Even though we spent the last two episodes talking about how having preferences is a healthy alternative to imposing “shoulds” or “needs” upon ourselves. I present here three reasons why we fall into some thinking traps when we use the word “want.” Those reasons are:
- We don’t really know what is best for us.
- We tell ourselves that we want one thing, when evidence points to the contrary.
- We mainly know what we don’t want, rather than what we do want.
- Stumbling on Happiness (2006), by Dan Gilbert
- The Old Man and Death, by Aesop
- Buddha’s Brain (2009), by Rick Hanson
Music: Eastern Thought by Kevin MacLeod