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Harness The Power Of Your Personality Type To Transform Your Work, Relationships, And Life

 Joel Mark Witt & Antonia Dodge

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About the Authors
Joel Mark Witt and Antonia Dodge are podcasters, entrepreneurs, personal
development coaches, and personality typology experts who have consulted with
companies like Zappos, Oracle, American Express, CNN, and many others.
Through their Profiler Training Course, they have taught hundreds of students,
including CEOs, coaches, investors, and law enforcement agents, to use their
unique conversational typing method and help others uncover their best-fit
Myers-Briggs personality. Joel and Antonia also host the popular Personality
Hacker podcast. Each episode is a conversation that helps you create awareness
around how you are wired, gives you permission to be who you truly are, and
design a custom personal growth path for your life.

They live in Pennsylvania with their daughter Piper, Joel’s sons Gunnar and
Sawyer, and a golden retriever named Duncan.

Preface
The real problem of humanity is the following: We have Paleolithic
emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology.
— E. O. Wilson

Our Generation’s Identity Crisis
Identity questions often take center stage in our society. People talk about gender
identity, national identity, cultural identity, sexual identity, and even lost
identity. Humanity seems to be in the midst of a collective identity crisis.
We don’t really know who we are anymore. We face crippling insecurity. On a
micro level, online comment wars break out over anything from politics to
vaccinations to child-rearing. On a macro level, real international wars break out
over religion, culture, or national pride. These conflicts are rooted in identity and
the defensiveness of our egos.
We may be so defensive because we feel our identities are constantly under
attack. When a person lacks a strong sense of who they are, it is easier for them
to marginalize or undermine another’s sense of self.
We are all searching for ourselves in an ocean of conflicting narratives.

How We Got into This Mess
We believe there are several reasons why humanity faces this identity crisis:
Technology evolves too fast, there’s a glut of information, and the world is
increasingly globalized.

Technology Evolves Too Fast
Technologies are outpacing our ability to adapt. Just over ten years ago, Bill
Baker wrote in Destination Branding for Small Cities, “We are living in the most
over-communicated time period in history.” At the time of his writing, the first
iPhone—a piece of consumer technology that changed the game of
connectedness and communication—had not yet been released.
According to Moore’s Law, the capacity of technological hardware doubles
every two years, rendering advancements in consumer tech both more powerful
and more affordable. This is why the phone in your pocket is more powerful
than the room-sized computers NASA relied upon to calculate the Apollo moon
landings. And on those phones, we install an infinite array of apps that we use to
engage with each other, while simultaneously complaining about how we lack
true connection and intimacy.
This is not to say that consumer technology is at fault or that our modern world
is somehow wrong. Technology and digital communication aren’t the problems;
it’s that their evolution outpaces our own. We fear being ostracized and disliked.
According to our Paleolithic emotions, being disliked by a large group is similar
to getting kicked out of the tribe—a fate equal to death. Because of this, our
mental wiring causes us to react to negative words from someone online as if our
survival were in imminent danger. We have ancient imprints telling us to be
careful, for if an entire group of people were to dislike us, we might die. Being
hated by a group has negative survival implications, and there just hasn’t been
enough time to upgrade these DNA-level blueprints.
Technology gives us new opportunities, but also pressures us to keep pace in a
fast-moving world.

Information Overload
We spend a lifetime attempting to know about everything but struggle to know
ourselves. We have too much data coming at us, all too fast. We can’t sort
through and vet the rapid outpouring of information in a constantly connected
world. The internet is great for organizing and distributing all the world’s
information, but it also creates in us a hunger for producing (and consuming)
more and more.
People today know more about global politics, world events, and celebrity
relationships than any previous generation knew. Yet somehow, we are often
baffled about ourselves and the people we spend the most time around.

Globalization Leads to Fragmentation
The world is becoming more globalized, yet also more fragmented and chaotic.
We as humans used to strongly identify with our immediate families, tribes, and
even nation-states, but as national borders dissolve and humans connect globally,
we are left without strong group identities and we lose our individual roles
within those groups.
So, we gravitate to ideologies that bind us together. And we know that
ideologies, rooted deeply in our egos, are often the source of escalated conflict.
We then find ourselves tethered to our ideals rather than to other humans. We
can see this with the rise of authoritarian leadership. Lacking individual
identities, masses grasp at any cult of personality that can give them markers of
strong identity. Even when the leadership is harsh and acts against the people’s
best interest, people tend to accept it because it helps them feel a sense of self.

Why We Need to Know Ourselves
Humans need to move past superficial markers of identity. It’s time to reach out
and experience a deep sense of self-knowing. People need to know themselves to
love themselves, and they need to love themselves to love others. We, the
authors, believe that a strong sense of identity will help you learn to do those
things, as well as achieve a greater sense of personal security and reduced anxiety.

Acceptance of Self and Others
When you have a strong sense of identity, you can make space for and accept
others. We believe that by understanding and honoring your own individuality,
you will become empowered to claim your life’s passion, purpose, and mission.
A strong identity is built on feeling secure. Security comes from a modest selfevaluation,
without inflating or diminishing your own talents. It is knowing
you’ll be okay with whatever life throws at you. When we all show up as our
secure selves, we will create a more peaceful world that makes space for others.
This often means agreeing to disagree. There will be disagreements as we create
a world that honors individual expression and supports everyone becoming the
person they were meant to be. But disagreements and peace can coincide when
individuals are confident in who they are. We nurture confidence when we take
advantage of the tools designed to understand ourselves better.

Personal Security
A strong sense of identity inoculates you from being “hacked” by others who
know you better than you know yourself. There is a growing amount of evidence
that the 2016 United States presidential election was swayed by foreign
governments and private research firms. These actors used a combination of
misinformation campaigns, personality insights, and psychographic data to
“hack” into people’s behaviors, preferences, and motivations to influence the
election’s outcome.
We are racing toward a new frontier of psychological possibilities, including
psychological exploitation. Will you be prepared for the coming mental divide?
There will be people who understand how their minds work, which will give
them the control and power over themselves. They will have a strong sense of
who they are, giving them greater influence over their own decisions. And there
will be people who don’t learn about their personalities, don’t claim their
identities, and could become sitting ducks for exploitation.
If you don’t know who you are and what motivates you, control is out of your
hands. You are at the mercy of people who know how your mind works better
than you do. Do you want to be vulnerable or would you like to get to know
yourself, your learning styles, and your motivational core?

Table of Contents
PREFACE
Our Generation’s Identity Crisis
How We Got into This Mess
Why We Need to Know Ourselves
INTRODUCTION
What You’ll Gain from This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Getting the Most from This Book
SECTION ONE: SYSTEM AND THEORY
CHAPTER 1
System of Personality
Our Favorite Personality Map
CHAPTER 2
Myers-Briggs Dichotomies and Cognitive Functions
Myers-Briggs Dichotomies Explained
Introversion vs Extraversion: Inner World vs. Outer World Reality
Sensing vs. iNtuition: How We Perceive Reality
Thinking vs. Feeling: How We Evaluate Information and Make Decisions
Judging vs. Perceiving: Do You Want Freedom or Organization?
Dichotomies: In Conclusion
CHAPTER 3
The Cognitive Functions
The Four Cognitive Functions You Use
Pairing Cognitive Functions with Myers-Briggs Types
Dominant and Auxiliary Functions
Tertiary and Inferior Functions
CHAPTER 4
The Car Model
Determining Cognitive Function from Type
Driver (Dominant)
Copilot (Auxiliary)
10-Year-Old (Tertiary)
3-Year-Old (Inferior)
CHAPTER 5
Cognitive Functions in Detail
Perceiving Functions
Judging Functions
The Good News and Bad News
SECTION TWO: THE SIXTEEN TYPES
CHAPTER 6
ENTP Personality Type
The ENTP Driver Is Exploration (Ne)
The ENTP Copilot Is Accuracy (Ti)
The ENTP 10-Year-Old Is Harmony (Fe)
The ENTP 3-Year-Old Is Memory (Si)
CHAPTER 7
ENFP Personality Type
The ENFP Driver Is Exploration (Ne)
The ENFP Copilot Is Authenticity (Fi)
The ENFP 10-Year-Old Is Effectiveness (Te)
The ENFP 3-Year-Old Is Memory (Si)
CHAPTER 8
ESTP Personality Type
The ESTP Driver Is Sensation (Se)
The ESTP Copilot Is Accuracy (Ti)
The ESTP 10-Year-Old Is Harmony (Fe)
The ESTP 3-Year-Old Is Perspectives (Ni)
CHAPTER 9
ESFP Personality Type
The ESFP Driver Is Sensation (Se)
The ESFP Copilot Is Authenticity (Fi)
The ESFP 10-Year-Old Is Effectiveness (Te)
The ESFP 3-Year-Old Is Perspectives (Ni)
CHAPTER 10
INTJ Personality Type
The INTJ Driver Is Perspectives (Ni)
The INTJ Copilot Is Effectiveness (Te)
The INTJ 10-Year-Old Is Authenticity (Fi)
The INTJ 3-Year-Old Is Sensation (Se)
CHAPTER 11
INFJ Personality Type
The INFJ Driver Is Perspectives (Ni)
The INFJ Copilot Is Harmony (Fe)
The INFJ 10-Year-Old Is Accuracy (Ti)
The INFJ 3-Year-Old Is Sensation (Se)
CHAPTER 12
ISTJ Personality Type
The ISTJ Driver Is Memory (Si)
The ISTJ Copilot Is Effectiveness (Te)
The ISTJ 10-Year-Old Is Authenticity (Fi)
The ISTJ 3-Year-Old Is Exploration (Ne)
CHAPTER 13
ISFJ Personality Type
The ISFJ Driver Is Memory (Si)
The ISFJ Copilot Is Harmony (Fe)
The ISFJ 10-Year-Old Is Accuracy (Ti)
The ISFJ 3-Year-Old Is Exploration (Ne)
CHAPTER 14
INTP Personality Type
The INTP Driver Is Accuracy (Ti)
The INTP Copilot Is Exploration (Ne)
The INTP 10-Year-Old Is Memory (Si)
The INTP 3-Year-Old Is Harmony (Fe)
CHAPTER 15
INFP Personality Type
The INFP Driver Is Authenticity (Fi)
The INFP Copilot Is Exploration (Ne)
The INFP 10-Year-Old Is Memory (Si)
The INFP 3-Year-Old Is Effectiveness (Te)
CHAPTER 16
ISTP Personality Type
The ISTP Driver Is Accuracy (Ti)
The ISTP Copilot Is Sensation (Se)
The ISTP 10-Year-Old Is Perspectives (Ni)
The ISTP 3-Year-Old Is Harmony (Fe)
CHAPTER 17
ISFP Personality Type
The ISFP Driver Is Authenticity (Fi)
The ISFP Copilot Is Sensation (Se)
The ISFP 10-Year-Old Is Perspectives (Ni)
The ISFP 3-Year-Old Is Effectiveness (Te)
CHAPTER 18
ENTJ Personality Type
The ENTJ Driver Is Effectiveness (Te)
The ENTJ Copilot Is Perspectives (Ni)
The ENTJ 10-Year-Old Is Sensation (Se)
The ENTJ 3-Year-Old Is Authenticity (Fi)
CHAPTER 19
ENFJ Personality Type
The ENFJ Driver Is Harmony (Fe)
The ENFJ Copilot Is Perspectives (Ni)
The ENFJ 10-Year-Old Is Sensation (Se)
The ENFJ 3-Year-Old Is Accuracy (Ti)
CHAPTER 20
ESTJ Personality Type
The ESTJ Driver Is Effectiveness (Te)
The ESTJ Copilot Is Memory (Si)
The ESTJ 10-Year-Old Is Exploration (Ne)
The ESTJ 3-Year-Old Is Authenticity (Fi)
CHAPTER 21
ESFJ Personality Type
The ESFJ Driver Is Harmony (Fe)
The ESFJ Copilot Is Memory (Si)
The ESFJ 10-Year-Old Is Exploration (Ne)
The ESFJ 3-Year-Old Is Accuracy (Ti)
CHAPTER 22
The FIRM Model
Find Your Fixation
Personality Fixations
What If You Don’t Identify with Your Type’s Fixation?
What If You Identify with a FIRM Fixation of a Different Type?
CONCLUSION: THE PATH FORWARD
Think of Yourself as a Sovereign Person
Find Access Points to Become Who You Were Meant to Be
Change the World by Loving and Developing Yourself
APPENDIX
Discovering your Myers-Briggs Type
Scoring Mechanism
My Car Model
Car Model Notes
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS


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Reduced Anxiety
Nearly all people grapple with the same series of questions: “What is my
purpose, my meaning?” “What should I spend my life doing?” “Who should I
spend it with?” When the answers to these questions don’t make themselves
known, we can become anxious, afraid we’re running out of time, or uncertain of
our own futures.
When you spend time and effort getting to know yourself, you 1) spot
opportunities when they are right for you, 2) avoid wasting time on the wrong
things, and 3) trust that things will happen when the timing is right, without
heaping blame on yourself or otherwise getting into self-destructive cycles.

THE SYNTHESIS of SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND PHILOSOPHY

H. P. BLAVATSKY, author of “ isis unveiled.”

“ There is no Religion higher than Truth. ”

London :
THE THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
7, Duke Street, Adelphi, W.C.
WILLIAM Q. JUDGE,
117, Nassau Street, New York.
THE MANAGER OF THE THEOSOPHIST,
Adyar, Madras.
1888.

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PREFACE
The Author — the writer, rather — feels it necessary to apologise for the long
delay which has occurred in the appearance of this work. It has been
occasioned by ill-health and the magnitude of the undertaking. Even the
two volumes now issued do not complete the scheme, and these do not treat
exhaustively of the subjects dealt with in them. A large quantity of material
has already been prepared, dealing with the history of occultism as contained
in the lives of the great Adepts of the Aryan Race, and showing the bearing of
occult philosophy upon the conduct of life, as it is and as it ought to be.
Should the present volumes meet with a favourable reception, no effort will be
spared to carry out the scheme of the work in its entirety. The third volume
is entirely ready ; the fourth almost so.
This scheme, it must be added, was not in contemplation when the preparation
of the work was first announced. As originally announced, it was intended
that the “ Secret Doctrine ” should be an amended and enlarged version of “ Isis
Unveiled.” It was, however, soon found that the explanations which could be
added to those already put before the world in the last-named and other
works dealing with esoteric science, were such as to require a different method
of treatment : and consequently the present volumes do not contain, in all,
twenty pages extracted from “ Isis Unveiled.”
The author does not feel it necessary to ask the indulgence of her readers
and critics for the many defects of literary style, and the imperfect English
which may be found in these pages. She is a foreigner, and her knowledge of
the language was acquired late in life. The English tongue is employed
because it offers the most widely-diffused medium for conveying the truths
which it had become her duty to place before the world.

These truths are in no sense put forward as a revelation ; nor does the author
claim the position of a revealer of mystic lore, now made public for the first
time in the world’s history. For what is contained in this work is to be found
scattered throughout thousands of volumes embodying the scriptures of the
great Asiatic and early European religions, hidden under glyph and symbol,
and hitherto left unnoticed because of this veil. What is now attempted is to
gather the oldest tenets together and to make of them one harmonious and
unbroken whole. The sole advantage which the writer has over her predecessors,
is that she need not resort to personal speculations and theories. For this
work is a partial statement of what she herself has been taught by more
advanced students, supplemented, in a few details only, by the results of her
own study and observation. The publication of many of the facts herein stated
has been rendered necessary by the wild and fanciful speculations in which
many Theosophists and students of mysticism have indulged, during the last
few years, in their endeavour to, as they imagined, work out a complete system
of thought from the few facts previously communicated to them.
It is needless to explain that this book is not the Secret Doctrine in its
entirety, but a select number of fragments of its fundamental tenets, special
attention being paid to some facts which have been seized upon by various
writers, and distorted out of all resemblance to the truth.

But it is perhaps desirable to state unequivocally that the teachings, however
fragmentary and incomplete, contained in these volumes, belong neither to the
Hindu, the Zoroastrian, the Chaldean, nor the Egyptian religion, neither to
Buddhism, Islam, Judaism nor Christianity exclusively. The Secret Doctrine is
the essence of all these. Sprung from it in their origins, the various religious
schemes are now made to merge back into their original element, out of which
every mystery and dogma has grown, developed, and become materialised.
It is more than probable that the book will be regarded by a large section of
the public as a romance of the wildest kind ; for who has ever even heard of
the book of Dzyan ?
The writer, therefore, is fully prepared to take all the responsibility for what
is contained in this work, and even to face the charge of having invented the
whole of it. That it has many shortcomings she is fully aware ; all that she
claims for it is that, romantic as it may seem to many, its logical coherence and
consistency entitle this new Genesis to rank, at any rate, on a level with the
“ working hypotheses ” so freely accepted by modern science. Further, it
claims consideration, not by reason of any appeal to dogmatic authority, but
because it closely adheres to Nature, and follows the laws of uniformity and analogy.

The aim of this work may be thus stated : to show that Nature is not “ a
fortuitous concurrence of atoms,” and to assign to man his rightful place in the
scheme of the Universe ; to rescue from degradation the archaic truths which
are the basis of all religions ; and to uncover, to some extent, the fundamental
unity from which they all spring ; finally, to show that the occult side of Nature
has never been approached by the Science of modern civilization.
If this is in any degree accomplished, the writer is content. It is written in
the service of humanity, and by humanity and the future generations it must be
judged. Its author recognises no inferior court of appeal. Abuse she is
accustomed to ; calumny she is daily acquainted with ; at slander she smiles in
silent contempt.
De minimis non curat lex.
H. P. B.
London, October, 1888.
....

INTRODUCTORY
“ Gently to hear, kindly to judge.”
— Shakespeare.

Since the appearance of Theosophical literature in England, it
has become customary to call its teachings “ Esoteric Buddhism.”
And, having become a habit — as an old proverb based on daily experience
has it — “ Error runs down an inclined plane, while Truth has
to laboriously climb its way up hill.”

Old truisms are often the wisest. The human mind can hardly
remain entirely free from bias, and decisive opinions are often formed
before a thorough examination of a subject from all its aspects has been
made. This is said with reference to the prevailing double mistake (a)
of limiting Theosophy to Buddhism : and (b) of confounding the
tenets of the religious philosophy preached by Gautama, the Buddha,
with the doctrines broadly outlined in “ Esoteric Buddhism.” Any
thing more erroneous than this could be hardly imagined. It has
enabled our enemies to find an effective weapon against theosophy ;
because, as an eminent Pali scholar very pointedly expressed it, there
was in the volume named “ neither esotericism nor Buddhism.” Th
esoteric truths, presented in Mr. Sinnett’s work, had ceased to be esoteric
from the moment they were made public ; nor did it contain the religion
of Buddha, but simply a few tenets from a hitherto hidden teaching
which are now supplemented by many more, enlarged and explained in
the present volumes. But even the latter, though giving out many
fundamental tenets from the Secret Doctrine of the East, raise but a
small corner of the dark veil. For no one, not even the greatest living
adept, would be permitted to, or could — even if he would — give out
promiscuously, to a mocking, unbelieving world, that which has been so
effectually concealed from it for long æons and ages.

“ Esoteric Buddhism ” was an excellent work with a very unfortunate
title, though it meant no more than does the title of this work, the
“ Secret Doctrine.” It proved unfortunate, because people are
always in the habit of judging things by their appearance, rather than
their meaning ; and because the error has now become so universal,
that even most of the Fellows of the Theosophical Society have fallen
victims to the same misconception. From the first, however, protests
were raised by Brahmins and others against the title ; and, in justice to
myself, I must add that “ Esoteric Buddhism ” was presented to me as
a completed volume, and that I was entirely unaware of the manner in
which the author intended to spell the word “ Budh-ism.”

This has to be laid directly at the door of those who, having been
the first to bring the subject under public notice, neglected to point out
the difference between “ Buddhism ” — the religious system of ethics
preached by the Lord Gautama, and named after his title of Buddha,
“ the Enlightened ” — and Budha, “ Wisdom,” or knowledge (Vidya), the
faculty of cognizing, from the Sanskrit root “ Budh,” to know. We
theosophists of India are ourselves the real culprits, although, at
the time, we did our best to correct the mistake. (See Theosophist,
June, 1883.) To avoid this deplorable misnomer was easy ; the spelling
of the word had only to be altered, and by common consent both
pronounced and written “ Budhism,” instead of “ Buddhism.” Nor
is the latter term correctly spelt and pronounced, as it ought to be
called, in English, Buddhaïsm, and its votaries “ Buddhaïsts.”

This explanation is absolutely necessary at the beginning of a work
like this one. The “ Wisdom Religion ” is the inheritance of all the
nations, the world over, though the statement was made in “ Esoteric
Buddhism ” (Preface to the original Edition) that “ two years ago (i.e.
1883), neither I nor any other European living, knew the alphabet of the
Science, here for the first time put into a scientific shape,” etc. This
error must have crept in through inadvertence. For the present writer
knew all that which is “ divulged ” in “ Esoteric Buddhism ” —
and much more — many years before it became her duty (in 1880)
to impart a small portion of the Secret Doctrine to two European
gentlemen, one of whom was the author of “ Esoteric Buddhism ” ;
and surely the present writer has the undoubted, though to
her, rather equivocal, privilege of being a European, by birth
and education. Moreover, a considerable part of the philosophy
expounded by Mr. Sinnett was taught in America, even before Isis
Unveiled was published, to two Europeans and to my colleague, Colonel
H. S. Olcott. Of the three teachers the latter gentleman has had, the
first was a Hungarian Initiate, the second an Egyptian, the third a
Hindu. As permitted, Colonel Olcott has given out some of this
teaching in various ways ; if the other two have not, it has been simply
because they were not allowed : their time for public work having not
yet come. But for others it has, and the appearance of Mr. Sinnett’s
several interesting books is a visible proof of the fact. It is above
everything important to keep in mind that no theosophical book acquires
the least additional value from pretended authority.

In etymology Adi, and Adhi Budha, the one (or the First) and
“ Supreme Wisdom ” is a term used by Aryâsanga in his Secret
treatises, and now by all the mystic Northern Buddhists. It is a Sanskrit
term, and an appellation given by the earliest Aryans to the Unknown
deity ; the word “ Brahmâ ” not being found in the Vedas and the
early works. It means the absolute Wisdom, and “ Adi-bhûta ” is
translated “ the primeval uncreated cause of all ” by Fitzedward Hall.
Æons of untold duration must have elapsed, before the epithet of
Buddha was so humanized, so to speak, as to allow of the term being
applied to mortals and finally appropriated to one whose unparalleled
virtues and knowledge caused him to receive the title of the “ Buddha
of Wisdom unmoved.” Bodha means the innate possession of divine
intellect or “ understanding ” ; “ Buddha,” the acquirement of it by
personal efforts and merit ; while Buddhi is the faculty of cognizing the
channel through which divine knowledge reaches the “ Ego,” the
discernment of good and evil, “ divine conscience ” also ; and “ Spiritual
Soul,” which is the vehicle of Atma. “ When Buddhi absorbs our Egotism
(destroys it) with all its Vikaras, Avalôkitêshvara becomes manifested
to us, and Nirvana, or Mukti, is reached,” “ Mukti ” being the same
as Nirvana, i.e., freedom from the trammels of “ Maya ” or illusion.
“ Bodhi ” is likewise the name of a particular state of trance condition,
called Samadhi, during which the subject reaches the culmination of
spiritual knowledge.

Unwise are those who, in their blind and, in our age, untimely hatred
of Buddhism, and, by re-action, of “ Budhism,” deny its esoteric teachings
(which are those also of the Brahmins), simply because the name
suggests what to them, as Monotheists, are noxious doctrines. Unwise
is the correct term to use in their case. For the Esoteric philosophy is
alone calculated to withstand, in this age of crass and illogical
materialism, the repeated attacks on all and everything man holds most
dear and sacred, in his inner spiritual life. The true philosopher, the
student of the Esoteric Wisdom, entirely loses sight of personalities,
dogmatic beliefs and special religions. Moreover, Esoteric philosophy
reconciles all religions, strips every one of its outward, human garments,
and shows the root of each to be identical with that of every other great
religion. It proves the necessity of an absolute Divine Principle in
nature. It denies Deity no more than it does the Sun. Esoteric philosophy
has never rejected God in Nature, nor Deity as the absolute and abstract
Ens. It only refuses to accept any of the gods of the so-called monotheistic
religions, gods created by man in his own image and likeness, a blasphemous
and sorry caricature of the Ever Unknowable. Furthermore,
the records we mean to place before the reader embrace the esoteric
tenets of the whole world since the beginning of our humanity, and
Buddhistic occultism occupies therein only its legitimate place, and no
more. Indeed, the secret portions of the “ Dan ” or “ Jan-na ” * (“Dhyan ”)
of Gautama’s metaphysics — grand as they appear to one unacquainted
with the tenets of the Wisdom Religion of antiquity — are but a very
small portion of the whole. The Hindu Reformer limited his public
teachings to the purely moral and physiological aspect of the Wisdom-
Religion, to Ethics and man alone. Things “ unseen and incorporeal,”
the mystery of Being outside our terrestrial sphere, the great Teacher
left entirely untouched in his public lectures, reserving the hidden
Truths for a select circle of his Arhats. The latter received their
Initiation at the famous Saptaparna cave (the Sattapanni of Mahavansa)
near Mount Baibhâr (the Webhâra of the Pali MSS.). This cave was
in Rajagriha, the ancient capital of Mogadha, and was the Cheta cave
of Fa-hian, as rightly suspected by some archæologists.†
Time and human imagination made short work of the purity and philo-
sophy of these teachings, once that they were transplanted from the secret
and sacred circle of the Arhats, during the course of their work of proselytism,
into a soil less prepared for metaphysical conceptions than
India ; i.e., once they were transferred into China, Japan, Siam, and
Burmah. How the pristine purity of these grand revelations was dealt
with may be seen in studying some of the so-called “ esoteric ” Buddhist
schools of antiquity in their modern garb, not only in China and other
Buddhist countries in general, but even in not a few schools in Thibet,
left to the care of uninitiated Lamas and Mongolian innovators.
Thus the reader is asked to bear in mind the very important difference
between orthodox Buddhism — i.e., the public teachings of Gautama
the Buddha, and his esoteric Budhism. His Secret Doctrine, however,
differed in no wise from that of the initiated Brahmins of his day. The
Buddha was a child of the Aryan soil, a born Hindu, a Kshatrya and a
disciple of the “ twice born ” (the initiated Brahmins) or Dwijas. His
teachings, therefore, could not be different from their doctrines, for the
whole Buddhist reform merely consisted in giving out a portion of
that which had been kept secret from every man outside of the
“ enchanted ” circle of Temple-Initiates and ascetics. Unable to teach
all that had been imparted to him — owing to his pledges — though he
taught a philosophy built upon the ground-work of the true esoteric
knowledge, the Buddha gave to the world only its outward material
body and kept its soul for his Elect. (See also Volume I I.) Many
Chinese scholars among Orientalists have heard of the “ Soul Doctrine.”
None seem to have understood its real meaning and importance.
That doctrine was preserved secretly — too secretly, perhaps — within
the sanctuary. The mystery that shrouded its chief dogma and aspirations
— Nirvana — has so tried and irritated the curiosity of those scholars
who have studied it, that, unable to solve it logically and satisfactorily
by untying the Gordian knot, they cut it through, by declaring that
Nirvana meant absolute annihilation.

Toward the end of the first quarter of this century, a distinct class of
literature appeared in the world, which became with every year more
defined in its tendency. Being based, soi-disant, on the scholarly
researches of Sanskritists and Orientalists in general, it was held
scientific. Hindu, Egyptian, and other ancient religions, myths, and
emblems were made to yield anything the symbologist wanted them to
yield, thus often giving out the rude outward form in place of the inner
meaning. Works, most remarkable for their ingenious deductions and
speculations, in circulo vicioso, foregone conclusions generally changing
places with premisses as in the syllogisms of more than one Sanskrit and
Pali scholar, appeared rapidly in succession, over-flooding the libraries
with dissertations rather on phallic and sexual worship than on real
symbology, and each contradicting the other.

This is the true reason, perhaps, why the outline of a few fundamental
truths from the Secret Doctrine of the Archaic ages is now
permitted to see the light, after long millenniums of the most profound
silence and secrecy. I say “ a few truths,” advisedly, because that
which must remain unsaid could not be contained in a hundred such
volumes, nor could it be imparted to the present generation of Sadducees.
But, even the little that is now given is better than complete
silence upon those vital truths. The world of to-day, in its mad career
towards the unknown — which it is too ready to confound with the
unknowable, whenever the problem eludes the grasp of the physicist —
is rapidly progressing on the reverse, material plane of spirituality.
It has now become a vast arena — a true valley of discord and
of eternal strife — a necropolis, wherein lie buried the highest and the
most holy aspirations of our Spirit-Soul. That soul becomes with
every new generation more paralyzed and atrophied. The “ amiable
infidels and accomplished profligates ” of Society, spoken of by Greeley,
care little for the revival of the dead sciences of the past ; but there is a
fair minority of earnest students who are entitled to learn the few
truths that may be given to them now ; and now much more than ten
years ago, when “ Isis Unveiled,” or even the later attempts to explain
the mysteries of esoteric science, were published.

One of the greatest, and, withal, the most serious objection to the
correctness and reliability of the whole work will be the preliminary
Stanzas : “ How can the statements contained in them be verified ?”
True, if a great portion of the Sanskrit, Chinese, and Mongolian works
quoted in the present volumes are known to some Orientalists, the
chief work — that one from which the Stanzas are given — is not in
the possession of European Libraries. The Book of Dzyan (or “ Dzan ”)
is utterly unknown to our Philologists, or at any rate was never heard of
by them under its present name. This is, of course, a great drawback
to those who follow the methods of research prescribed by official
Science ; but to the students of Occultism, and to every genuine Occultist,
this will be of little moment. The main body of the Doctrines given is
found scattered throughout hundreds and thousands of Sanskrit MSS.,
some already translated — disfigured in their interpretations, as usual, —
others still awaiting their turn. Every scholar, therefore, has an opportunity
of verifying the statements herein made, and of checking most of the
quotations. A few new facts (new to the profane Orientalist, only) and
passages quoted from the Commentaries will be found difficult to trace.
Several of the teachings, also, have hitherto been transmitted orally :
yet even those are in every instance hinted at in the almost countless
volumes of Brahminical, Chinese and Tibetan temple-literature.

However it may be, and whatsoever is in store for the writer through
malevolent criticism, one fact is quite certain. The members of several
esoteric schools — the seat of which is beyond the Himalayas, and whose
ramifications may be found in China, Japan, India, Tibet, and even in
Syria, besides South America — claim to have in their possession the sum
total of sacred and philosophical works in MSS. and type : all the
works, in fact, that have ever been written, in whatever language
or characters, since the art of writing began ; from the ideographic
hieroglyphs down to the alphabet of Cadmus and the Devanagari.
It has been claimed in all ages that ever since the destruction of the
Alexandrian Library (see Isis Unveiled, Vol. I I., p. 27), every work of a
character that might have led the profane to the ultimate discovery
and comprehension of some of the mysteries of the Secret Science,
was, owing to the combined efforts of the members of the Brotherhoods,
diligently searched for. It is added, moreover, by those who know,
that once found, save three copies left and stored safely away, such
works were all destroyed. In India, the last of the precious manuscripts
were secured and hidden during the reign of the Emperor Akbar.*
It is maintained, furthermore, that every sacred book of that kind,
whose text was not sufficiently veiled in symbolism, or which had any
direct references to the ancient mysteries, after having been carefully
copied in cryptographic characters, such as to defy the art of the best
and cleverest palæographer, was also destroyed to the last copy.
During Akbar’s reign, some fanatical courtiers, displeased at the
Emperor’s sinful prying into the religions of the infidels, themselves
helped the Brahmans to conceal their MSS. Such was Badáonì, who
had an undisguised horror for Akbar’s mania for idolatrous religions.*
Moreover in all the large and wealthy lamasaries, there are subterranean
crypts and cave-libraries, cut in the rock, whenever the gonpa and
the lhakhang are situated in the mountains. Beyond the Western Tsaydam,
in the solitary passes of Kuen-lun † there are several such hidingplaces.
Along the ridge of Altyn-Toga, whose soil no European foot
has ever trodden so far, there exists a certain hamlet, lost in a deep
gorge. It is a small cluster of houses, a hamlet rather than a monastery,
with a poor-looking temple in it, with one old lama, a hermit, living
near by to watch it. Pilgrims say that the subterranean galleries and
halls under it contain a collection of books, the number of which,
according to the accounts given, is too large to find room even in the
British Museum. ‡
....


Table of Contents
Introduction … … … … … … … … … xvii.
The Need of such a Book … … … … … … xix.
The Antiquity of Documents and MSS. … … … … xxiii.
What the Book is intended to do … … … … … xxviii.
VOLUME FIRST.
COSMOGENESIS.
Proem … … … … … … … … … … 1
The Oldest MSS. in the world and its Symbolism … … … 2
The One Life, Active and Passive … … … … … 4
The Secret Doctrine — Pantheism — Atheism … … … … 6
“ Space ” in all Religions and in Occultism … … … … 9
Seven Cosmic Elements — Seven Races of Mankind … … … 12
The Three Postulates of the Secret Doctrine … … … 14
Description of the Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan … … 20
BOOK I. — PART I.
COSMIC EVOLUTION.
Seven Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan … … … … … 27
Stanza I. — The Night of the Universe … … … … … 35
The Seven Eternities … … … … … … … 36
“ Time ” … … … … … … … … … 37
The Universal Mind and the Dhyan Chohans … … … 38
Nidana and Maya : The Causes of Misery … … … … 39
The Great Breath … … … … … … … … 43
Being and Non-Being … … … … … … … 45
The Eye of Dangma … … … … … … … 47
Alaya, the Universal Soul … … … … … … 49
Stanza I I. — The Idea of Differentiation … … … … 53
The Absolute knows Itself not … … … … … … 55
The Germ of Life was not yet … … … … … … 57
The Universe was still concealed in the Divine Thought … … 61
Stanza I II. — The Awakening of Kosmos … … … … … 62
The Great Vibration … … … … … … … 63
Nature’s Symbols … … … … … … … … 65
The Power of Numbers … … … … … … … 67
The Logoi and the Dragon … … … … … … 73
The Astral Light … … … … … … … … 75
Primeval Radiations from Unity … … … … … 79
The Web of Being … … … … … … … … 83
Conscious Electricity : Fohat … … … … … … 85
Stanza IV. — The Septenary Hierarchies … … … … … 86
The Sons of the Fire … … … … … … … 86
The Vehicle of the Universe — the Dhyan Chohans … … … 89
The Army of the Voice … … … … … … … 93
Speech and Mind … … … … … … … … 95
The Ogdoad and the Heptad … … … … … … 99
The Stellar “ Sons of Light ” … … … … … … 103
Stanza V. — Fohat : The Child of the Septenary Hierarchies … 106
The Fiery Whirlwind and the Primordial Seven … … … 106
They Produce Fohat … … … … … … … 108
The Correlation of the “ Gods ” … … … … … 113
Evolution of the “ Principles ” of Nature … … … … 119
The Mystery of the Fire… … … … … … … 121
The Secret of the Elements … … … … … … 123
The Square of the Tabernacle … … … … … … 125
The Planetary Spirits and the Lipika … … … … … 129
The Ring “ Pass Not ” … … … … … … … 130
The Sidereal Book of Life … … … … … … 131
The Soul’s Pilgrimage and its “ Rest ” … … … … 134
Stanza V I. — Our World, its Growth and Development … … 136
The Logos … … … … … … … … … 136
Mystery of the Female Logos … … … … … … 137
The Seven Layu Centres … … … … … … … 138
The “ Elementary Germs ” … … … … … … 139
The Evolution of the Elements … … … … … … 140
The Building of the Worlds … … … … … … 145
A Neutral Centre … … … … … … … … 147
“ Dead ” Planets — The Moon … … … … … … 149
Theosophical Misconceptions … … … … … … 152
The Planetary Divisions and the Human Principles… … … 153
The Moon … … … … … … … … … 155
Transmigrations of the Ego … … … … … … 159
The Septenary Chain … … … … … … … 161
Relation of the other Planets to the Earth … … … … 163
Explanations concerning the Globes and the Monads … … 170
The Lunar Chain and the Earth Chain … … … … 172
The Earth, the Child of the Moon … … … … … 173
Classification of the Monads … … … … … … 175
The Monad Defined … … … … … … … 177
The Lunar Monads — the Pitris … … … … … … 179
A Triple Evolution in Nature … … … … … … 181
Stanza V I. — Continued … … … … … … … … 191
“ Creation ” in the Fourth Round … … … … … 191
The “ Curse,” “ Sin,” and “ War ” … … … … … 193
The Struggle for Life and the Birth of the Worlds … … … 202
The Adepts and the Sacred Island … … … … … 207
Stanza V I I. — The Parents of Man on Earth … … … … 213
Divisions of the Hierarchies … … … … … … 214
Correlations of Beings … … … … … … … 223
What incarnates in Animal Man … … … … … 233
Formation of Man : the Thinker … … … … … 238
Occult and Kabalistic Pneumatics … … … … … 243
Akâsa and Ether … … … … … … … … 257
The Invisible “ Lives ” … … … … … … … 259
Occult Vital Chemistry and Bacteriology … … … … 261
The Watcher and his Shadow … … … … … … 265
Earth peopled by the Shadows of the Gods … … … … 267
Summing up … … … … … … … … … 269
The pith and marrow of the Secret Doctrine … … … 273
Hermes in Christian Garb … … … … … … 285
Some Occult Aphorisms … … … … … … … 289
The Seven Powers of Nature … … … … … … 293
BOOK I. — PART I I.
THE EVOLUTION OF SYMBOLISM IN ITS APPROXIMATE ORDER.
§§
I. Symbolism and Ideographs … … … … … … 303
Emblem and Symbol differ … … … … … … 305
Magic Potency of Sound … … … … … … 307
Mystery Language … … … … … … … 309
I I. The Mystery Language and its Keys … … … … 310
Egypt’s many Religions … … … … … … 311
The Jews and their System … … … … … 313
Moses copied from Sargon … … … … … … 319
Identity of Ancient Symbols … … … … … 323
I I I. Primordial Substance and Divine Thought … … … 325
Divine Thought, or Cineritious Matter ? … … … … 327
Ether and Intelligence … … … … … … 330
The Seven Prakritis … … … … … … … 335
The Mystic Fire … … … … … … … 339
One Tree of Knowledge … … … … … … 341
IV. Chaos — Theos — Kosmos … … … … … … … 342
The Union of Chaos and Spirit … … … … … 343
The Birth of Mind … … … … … … … 345
V. The Hidden Deity, its Symbols and Glyphs … … … 349
The Gnostic Idea … … … … … … … 351
International Correlation of Gods … … … … … 355
V I. The Mundane Egg … … … … … … … 359
Egg-born Logoi … … … … … … … 363
The Winged Globe … … … … … … … 365
V I I. The Days and Nights of Brahmâ … … … … … 368
Human Gods and Divine Men … … … … … 369
The Rebirth of Gods … … … … … … 371
The Puranic Prophecy … … … … … … 377
V I II. The Lotus as a Universal Symbol … … … … … 379
Exoteric and Esoteric … … … … … … 381
The Purity of early Phallicism … … … … … 383
The Egyptian Lotus … … … … … … 385
IX. Deus Lunus … … … … … … … … 386
A Glance at the Lunar Myth … … … … … 387
A Key-note to the Moon … … … … … … 389
Copies and Originals … … … … … … … 393
The Moon Bi-sexual … … … … … … … 397
X. Tree and Serpent and Crocodile Worship … … … 403
Degeneration of the Symbol … … … … … 405
The Seven-headed Dragons … … … … … 407
Dragon and Crocodile … … … … … … 409
XI. Demon est Deus Inversus … … … … … 411
Death is Life … … … … … … … … 413
The Fall of the Angels … … … … … … 418
Transformation of the Legend … … … … … 421
XI I. The Theogony of the Creative Gods … … … … 424
The Point within the Circle … … … … … 426
The Logos or Verbum … … … … … … 429
The Factors of Creation … … … … … … 432
Identity of the Hierarchies in all Religions … … … 438
Difference between the Aryan and Semitic Systems … … 444
XI II. The Seven Creations … … … … … … … 445
The Gnostic and the Hindu Versions … … … … 449
The Seven Puranic “ Creations ” … … … … … 450
XIV. The Four Elements … … … … … … … 460
The “ Gods ” and the “ Elements ” … … … … 463
The Language of the Elements … … … … … 464
Pagan and Christian Worship of the Elements … … 467
XV. On Kwan-Shi-Yin and Kwan-Yin … … … … … 470
Kwan-Shi-Yin and Phallicism … … … … … 471
The Real Meaning … … … … … … … 472
BOOK I. — PART I II.
SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE CONTRASTED.
I. Reasons for these Addenda … … … … … … 477
Occultism versus Materialism … … … … … 479
The Sabbath of the Mystic … … … … … 481
I I. Modern Physicists are Playing at Blind Man’s Buff … 482
I II. An Lumen Sit Corpus nec non ? … … … … … 483
The Hypothetical Ether … … … … … … 485
Scientific Theories of its Constitution … … … … 489
IV. Is Gravitation a Law ? … … … … … … 490
Intelligences or Blind Forces ? … … … … … 493
The Cause of Attraction … … … … … … 498
§§ page.
V. The Theories of Rotation in Science … … … … 500
Conflicting Hypotheses … … … … … … 502
More Hypotheses … … … … … … … 505
V I. The Masks of Science … … … … … … … 506
What are the “ Forces ? ” … … … … … … 508
The View of the Occultists … … … … 510
Scientific and Occult Theories on Heat … … … 515
The Atoms of Science … … … … … … 519
V I I. An Atta ck on the Scientific Theory of Force by a Man of
Science … … … … … … … … 523
Ether and Atoms … … … … … … … 527
VIII. Life, Force, or Gravity ? … … … … … … 529
Dr. Richardson on Nervous Ether … … … … 531
The Senses and their Action … … … … … 535
Too much “ Life ” may Kill … … … … … 539
I X. The Solar Theory … … … … … … … 540
The Primordial Element … … … … … … 542
Elements and Meta-Elements … … … … … 546
The Tree of Life and Being … … … … … 549
Prof. Crookes on the Elements … … … … … 552
X. The Coming Force … … … … … … … 554
Mr. Keeley, an Unconscious Occultist … … … … 557
Inter-Etheric Waves … … … … … … 561
The Secrets of Sound and Odour … … … … … 565
X I. On the Elements and Atoms … … … … … 566
Metaphysical Chemistry … … … … … … 569
What are the Seven Planets ? … … … … … 575
The Cyclic Fall of the Gods … … … … … 577
X I I. Ancient Thought in Modern Dress … … … … 579
All-Potential Unity … … … … … … … 583
The “ Seventh ” in Chemistry … … … … … 585
XI I I. The Modern Nebular Theory … … … … … 588
Forces are Emanations … … … … … … 591
What is the Nebula ? … … … … … … 595
XIV. Forces — Modes of Motion or Intelligences ? … … … 601
The Vital Principle … … … … … … … 603
Occult and Physical Science … … … … … 605
XV. Gods, Monads, and Atoms … … … … … … 610
The Gods of the Ancients — the Monads … … … 613
The Monad and the Duad … … … … … … 617
The Genesis of the Elements … … … … … 621
Hermes and Huxley … … … … … … 625
The Teaching of Leibnitz … … … … … … 627
The Monads according to Occultism … … … … 632
XV I. Cyclic Evolution and Karma … … … … … 634
Karmic Cycles and Universal Ethics … … … … 637
Destiny and Karma … … … … … … … 639
Karma — Nemesis … … … … … … … 643
X V I I. The Zodiac and its Antiquity … … … … … 647
The Jewish Patriarchs and the Signs of the Zodiac … … 651
Zodiacal Cycles … … … … … … … 656
Hindu Astronomy … … … … … … … 661
XVIII. Summary of the Mutual Position … … … … 668
Science Confesses her Ignorance … … … … … 669
Materialism is leading Europe towards a catastrophe .. … 675

N.B. — The Index and Glossary will be found at the close of Volume I I.

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How to Control What You Can and Accept What You Can’t So You Can Stop Freaking Out and Get On With Your Life

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About the Author
Sarah Knight’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, has
been published in more than twenty languages, and her TEDx talk, “The Magic
of Not Giving a Fuck,” has more than four million views. All of the books in her
No Fucks Given Guides series have been international bestsellers, including Get
Your Shit Together, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for sixteen
weeks. Her writing has also appeared in Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie
Claire, Red, Refinery29, and elsewhere. After quitting her corporate job to
pursue a freelance life, she moved from Brooklyn, New York, to the Dominican
Republic, where she currently resides with her husband, two feral rescue cats,
and a shitload of lizards.
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A note on the title
This is a book about anxiety—from the white noise of what-ifs to the white-hot
terror of a full-blown crisis. As such, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’m the
world’s biggest asshole for titling it as I have, since everyone knows that the first
entry on a long list of Unhelpful Things to Say to a Person Experiencing Anxiety
Indeed, when I’m upset and somebody tells me to calm down, I want to
murder them in swift and decisive fashion. So I see where you’d be coming from.
But this is also a book about problems—we’ve all got ’em—and calming
down is exactly what you need to do if you want to solve those problems. It is
what it is. So if it keeps you from wanting to murder the messenger, know that in
these pages I’m saying “Calm the fuck down” the same way I said “Get your shit
together” in the <cough> New York Times bestseller of the same name—not to
shame or criticize you, but to offer motivation and encouragement.
I promise that’s all I’m going for. (And that I’m not the world’s biggest
asshole; that honor belongs to whoever invented the vuvuzela.)
We cool? Excellent.
One more thing before we dive into all of that anxiety-reducing, problemsolving
goodness: I understand the difference between anxiety, the mental
illness, and anxiety, the temporary state of mind. I understand it because I
myself happen to possess a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety and Panic
Disorder. (Write what you know, folks!)
So although a profanity-riddled self-help book is no substitute for
professional medical care, if you picked up Calm the Fuck Down because you’re
perennially, clinically anxious like me, in it you will find plenty of tips, tricks,
and techniques to help you manage that shit, which will allow you to move on to
the business of solving the problems that are feeding your anxiety in the first place.
But maybe you don’t have—or don’t realize you have, or aren’t ready to
admit you have—anxiety, the mental illness. Maybe you just get temporarily
anxious when the situation demands it (see: the white-hot terror of a full-blown
crisis). Never fear! Calm the Fuck Down will provide you with ample
calamity management tools for stressful times.
Plus maybe some tips, tricks, and techniques for dealing with that thing you
don’t realize or aren’t ready to admit you have.
Just sayin’.

Introduction
I’d like to kick things off with a few questions:
• How many times a day do you ask yourself What if? As in: What if X
happens? What if Y goes wrong? What if Z doesn’t turn out like I
want/need/expect it to?
• How much time do you spend worrying about something that hasn’t
happened yet? Or about something that not only hasn’t happened, but
probably won’t?
• And how many hours have you wasted freaking out about something that
has already happened (or avoiding it, as a quiet panic infests your soul)
instead of just dealing with it?
It’s okay to be honest—I’m not trying to shame you. In fact, I’ll go first!
My answer is: Too many, too much, and a LOT. I assume yours is too,
because if the answer is Never, none, and ZERO, then you have no reason to be
reading this book (nor, I might add, the hard-won qualifications to have written it).
Well, I come bearing good news.
When we’re finished, the next time you come down with a case of the whatifs—
and whether they remain theoretical anxieties or turn into real, live
problems that need solvin’—instead of worrying yourself into a panic attack,
crying the day away, punching a wall, or avoiding things until they get even
worse, you’ll have learned to replace the open-ended nature of that unproductive
question with one that’s much more logical, realistic, and actionable:....


Table of Contents
Cover
Title Page
Copyright
A note on the title
Introduction
Shit happens
What, me worry?
Feat. The NoWorries Method
I can’t deal with this shit. (Or can I?)
I
SO YOU’RE FREAKING OUT: Acknowledge the real problem and
rein in your reaction
What seems to be the problem?
Everything is a tarantula
The evolution of a freakout
The Four Faces of Freaking Out
Anxiety, Sadness, Anger, and Avoidance
Mexican Airport Syndrome
Survey says: y’all are a bunch of freaks
Welcome to the Flipside
Feat. Freakout Faces: the Flipsides
Freakout funds
Time, energy, and money
3 ways in which overthinking wastes time, energy, and money
The Fourth Fund
Goodwill
Hot take, coming right up!
Mental decluttering and the One Question to Rule Them All
This is your brain on puppies
Quick reminder
II
CALM THE FUCK DOWN: Identify what you can control, accept
what you can’t, and let that shit go
Pick a category, any category
Feat. The Sarah Knight Shitstorm Scale
Can I get a downgrade?
Logicats, ho!
The gathering shitstorms: a list
10 what-ifs I may or may not need to worry about
10 what-ifs I may or may not need to worry about: ranked by probability
What’s your status?
Outlying, imminent, and total shitstorms
The more the hairier (a quiz)
Choose it or lose it
Get ur control freak on
Out of your hands
Make a contribution
Under your influence
Complete control
The One Question to Rule Them All, in action
Shit people in my Twitter feed are worried about. Can they control it?
Feat. Soul-sucking day jobs, ugly babies, getting laid off, raccoon bites
If the answer is no, this is how you let it go
Reality check, please!
Let’s be real
Option 1: Just fucking let it go
Option 2: Houdini that shit
Feat. Sleight of mind
How to stop being anxious about something
Give anxiety the finger(s)
Get down with O.P.P.
Tonight You, meet Tomorrow You
Other ways to reduce anxiety that I didn’t invent but that have been
known to work
How to stop being sad about something
Laughter is the best medicine
You’re in for a treat
5 things I have stopped worrying about while eating a king-sized
Snickers bar
How to stop being angry about something
Work it out
Plot your revenge
5 forms of revenge that are fun to think about
How to stop avoiding something
Get alarmed
Propose a trade
Secret Option C
Productive Helpful Effective Worrying (PHEW)
Sending a shitstorm out to sea
Feat. Anniversary gifts and seasickness
Houston, we have an irrational fear
Hi, I’m Sarah and I have a mental illness
The calm before the shitstorm
10 what-ifs I may or may not need to worry about: Can I control them?
I read the news today, oh boy
5 tips for calming the fuck down about the world falling apart
Limit your exposure
Balancing act
Bone up
Take a memo
Do good
Stirring the shit
That was not a chill pill
I love it when a plan comes together
Categorizin’ cousins
Feat. Renée and Julie and the Parking Lot Grudge Match
“How do I calm the fuck down?” flowchart
III
DEAL WITH IT: Address what you can control
Deal me in
The Full Fix, Salvage Jobs, and Basic Survival
The Three Principles of Dealing With It
Take stock
What-iffing for good instead of evil
Identify your realistic ideal outcome (RIO)
What’s realistic?
What’s ideal?
How do I figure it out?
Triage
Feat. Canceled flights, failing grades, big bad storms
Get bent! (a bonus principle)
Whose fault is it anyway?
Incoming!
It’s all in your head
Total shitstorms: a catalogue of terror
Relatively painless shit
Feat. Lost reservations, bad haircuts, trampoline injuries, and faulty printers
5 things you might do accidentally that are still not as bad as failing
to bcc more than 100 people on a work email
Tedious shit
Feat. Back taxes, bad sex, angry friends, and frozen pipes
You snooze, you lose (your car)
Really heavy shit
Feat. Robbery, divorce, French butter shortages, nuclear war,
bedbugs, and DEATH
Over to you, Bob
IV
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: When shit happens, how will
you calm the fuck down and deal with it?
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Calm the F-ck Down- How to Control What You Can and Accept What You Can’t So You Can Stop Freaking Out and Get On With Your Life
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First Ebook Edition: December 2018
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