Pranay Dhawan

Fear: Does it Protect us from Danger or Expose us to Comfort?

We constantly live in fear. No, I’m not making some big statement about society or the influence of capitalism on our daily lives or anything like that. I’m just saying that fear is a persisting, primitive emotion, one that naturally drives our survival. However, it isn’t quite the same as it used to be. Fortunately, …

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Loving to Work Hard is Hard Work – Finding Comfort in Discomfort

“Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” You may have heard this quote before, possibly on some cheesy daily quote page or from an Instagram self help guru. In theory, it sounds pretty great – you put yourself through uncomfortable situations so much that you eventually get used to the feeling and no longer notice it. Then, the …

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Emotions: A Fundamental Part of Being Human

What exactly does it mean to be human? There are many unique characteristics our species possesses: we walk on two legs instead of the traditional four, we learn to read and write as a way to communicate, and we have active imaginations, coming up with tiktok dances, greek mythology, and fairy tales about gingerbread men. …

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An Unusually Technical Perspective about Happiness

I’ll preface by saying this is easily the most technical article I’ll ever write for this blog. I do, however, think that having an empirically proven model of why we feel certain ways can be grounding, helping us better understand our mental health and care for it properly.  A while ago I was reading this …

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Just Some Quick Advice About Giving Advice

I had an unfortunate exchange with a teacher over email recently. In retrospect, the misunderstanding itself was actually pretty silly so I’ll save you from the details, but it ended with me apologizing for and my teacher concluding with a brief, “it’s okay, thanks.” All is well, right? I did what I could to fix …

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You Need to Stop Being Hard on Yourself, Dummy!

What is it and Why is it Bad? There’s some misconception that being hard on oneself will somehow have a positive impact that outweighs the negative energy produced. As if it will make you work harder and eventually be more successful. The truth is, it won’t. Let’s say my goal was to earn the world …

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