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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Let’s work together

My 2016 blog, Human Emotions (2) - a revisit, defined two primal emotions, being Love and Fear. All other emotions are derived from those two. My blog of 30 September 2020 defined two primal ways of human interaction: cooperation vs competition. The diagram below depicts how those 4 elements work together. Human couples show the most common example of cooperation...

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The opposite of love is indifference, not hate

Recently, I noticed a quote stating that "The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference." This quote is often attributed to Elie Wiesel. Quote Investigator (QI) found an "earliest close match in [] “The Beloved Ego: Foundations of the New Study of the Psyche” by prominent Austrian psychologist Wilhelm Stekel". "There is no love without hate; and there is no...

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What constitutes a zero-sum game?

Recently, I wondered whether relationships are part of a zero-sum game, in which one wins (+1) and the other one loses (-1). The sum of -1 +1 equals zero. In my case, I'm inclined to view my relationships as a losing game. Nevertheless, Love should constitute as a win-win. When in love, both people would normally feel more happy and satisfied. If Love is an...

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The true (wo)man wants two things: danger and play.

Recently, I noticed an intriguing quote by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): “The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything." I may not be a “true” man as I fail to recognize myself. In my view, Nietzsche may even have confused women for men. I'm reminded of the first line of a 1978 song (see below):...

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The shadow over any past relationship

Last Monday, I received her "no" to my invitation to heal at my home. It didn't come as a surprise. Too much time had already expired. Her entire message did surprise me though and even made me sad for a moment. The history of our relationship is still hanging like a dark cloud (or shadow) over any future together. I suppose the above relates to several sayings,...

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Does your shadow ever leave you?

Our shadow is a nickname for our past and/or our reputation. Rephrasing my blog title's question results in: - Can you escape your past? (eg, guilt & shame, regret & remorse)- Can you change who and/or what you are? (eg, thief, murderer) A Google search revealed a Chinese Taoist story from an ancient book named after its author Master Zhuang Zhou. The book...

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