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Developing pronoid delusions

Free Will Astrology : Pronoia Therapy

From this fun article on pronoia:

Slowly and inexorably, the muses reconfigured my coyote angel rebel clown persona to serve a new master: PRONOIA. The opposite of paranoia, pronoia is defined as the sneaking suspicion that the whole world is conspiring to shower you with blessings.

I like this page, filled as it is with encouraging (okay, some are pretty cheesy) tricks for bucking up the serial sad sack in each of us. The tips work to clear the psychic garbage and help you focus on realigning your perceptions—to stop looking always for soul-crushing conspiracies and start noticing how many good things (blessings, if you prefer) are happening around you. Kinda like Chicken Soup for the Jaded Hipster's Soul, I guess.

You gotta love tip number 5 in particular:

  1. Kick your own ass 22 times.

Notwithstanding understandable concerns about abandoning your shopworn conspiracy fantasies in favor of the less road-tested sunshine and kittycats approach, it’s hard not to like the whole notion of “pronoia.” And it surely never hurts to be reminded that the world’s too busy, big, and distracted to organize effectively against any of us. Thank God.

[via Twid]

TOPICS: Inspirado, Tips

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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