Is your To-Read-List (TRL) growing faster the more effort you put into working your way through it? I know the feeling – and I feel it might be especially true for non-fiction readers.
Every good book opens up your eyes for new topics and bombards you with new exciting ideas of what to read up on next (as illustrated above 🤪), filling your TBR to the brink.
Today I’m presenting some new additions to my TRL, courtisey of the book The Laws Of Human Nature by Robert Greene.
📖 The Tigress of Forli by E. Lev 📖
Caterina Sforza, she seems to be such a bad ass warrior countess! Greene uses her as an example of how masculine/feminine aspects of one’s personality, when well integrated, leads to more authenticity. “In the theater of life, expand the roles you play.”
📖 Born Red by Gao Yuan 📖
Gao’s account of the Cultural revolution in China and how he and his fellow students “made revolution”. Greene uses this story as an example of how our personalities changes in a group context.
📖 Chekhov by Henri Troyat 📖
Chekhov, Russian play-write, is brought up by Greene as an example of how you can change your circumstances by changing you attitude. “He made a vow to himself: No more bowing and apologizing to people; no more complaining and blaming; no more disorderly living and wasted time.” Now I just want to know more about this exciting fellow!
What are you reading and what additions is that book adding to your To-Read-Lists? 🤔
Recall Britney’s 2008 breakdown, Clinton’s sex affair and the behavior Nixon’s behavior in the White House before his resignation?
“When we experience those moments when people reveal their dark side, we see something come over their face; their voice and body language of altered— almost as if another person is confronting us, the features of the upset child suddenly becoming visible” – Robert Greene
Carl Jung called it The Shadow.
The Shadow consists of all the qualities we try to deny about ourselves and repress. You can try really hard to cover up these aspects but they will pop back up sooner of later. You can see glimpses of it showing from people in moments of stress.
“You can throw out Nature with a pitchfork, but she’ll always come back.”
Hiding The Shadow side of yourself takes energy. You must be adept to see when The Shadow is appearing in yourself and others.
The Shadow also tends to show more with age. “Later in life we tire of the masks we have been wearing, and the leakage is greater.”
I’ve started to study Jung but I haven’t read up on the concept of The Shadow yet. What I’ve got from The Laws of Human Nature is an introduction that left me wanting to know more – What reading do you recommend on the Shadow and Shadow work? Let’s confront our dark sides! 🤔
Book Year in review with @chriserzfeld:
“This year, I read a lot of interesting books. One of those was “Behave” by Robert Sapolsky. I got a lot of insight into what makes humans tick, and how we are irrational, emotional and out of control creatures in an entertaining way so that book influenced me a lot.
📖 “Behave” – Robert Sapolsky
I also enjoyed “The Laws of Human Nature” by Robert Greene, which expanded my views on people and was a great book to read right after Sapolsky’s book.
📖 “The Laws of Human Nature” – R. Greene
Then I learned a lot from reading Carl Rogers and his book “On Becoming A Person”. Especially the first half of the book.
📖 “On Becoming A Person” – Carl Rogers
I highly recommend you check them out!
The key insights for this year must be those of neuroscience, behavior, psychology, and biology. We humans are not so rational and stable as we think we are. But if we can come to terms with the factor that our hormones govern our behavior, we can begin to catch ourselves when we are about to carry out an impulsive action and stop ourselves before we do something we will later come to regret.
I am looking forward to reading more about psychology, mythology, and human nature next year. I’m also looking forward to writing and publishing more blog posts. I am excited about work in general so that pretty much sums it up!
Thank you for reading, and thank you for supporting Bookstagram. We’ll talk soon. Take care.
Best regards// @chriserzfeld