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The Liberation of Not Knowing

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The Liberation of Not Knowing

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reader recently emailed me about how to deal with negative self-talk -- you know, those awful conversations you have with yourself late at night about how you’ll never be star of the football team, how everyone is secretly laughing at you when you’re not looking, and how mom and dad never told you that you’re secretly adopted.

We all deal with this sort of negative self-talk. Even those of us who score A+ on our happy tests, we still engage in the ol’ "beat yourself up brain" from time to time.

I’ve stated many times on the blog that one of the things I’ve found most liberating in my own life is the understanding that I really don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about.

This is true in the philosophical sense and the psychological sense, but I don’t think most people immediately grasp how practical and important this understanding is either.

Sometimes I’m terrified that I’ve peaked as a writer and that nothing I produce will ever rival the popularity of my articles from 2013-2015. Then I remind myself that I have no idea what I’m talking about. The future is long and I don’t even …

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