There were many bright minds throughout history who have left a mark in science with their theories and work. Shakespeare, Einstein and other great minds have left a significant legacy behind, and have changed how people think. There are many other great minds that should be respected, and Russian author Mikhail Litvak is definitely on the list.
Litvak has written more than 30 books on popular psychology during the course of his career and has more than 5 million books in circulation. Of course, he’s written on a number of psychological topics and for a wide range of psychotherapy studies. His most influential theory is psychological aikido.
As you probably already know, aikido is a form of self-defense technique which believes in an energy called Ki. When under attack, most of the attacks come in linear motion, but aikido teaches us to move in a circular motion. This kind of attack requires the use of Ki, which itself can be achieved only with a relaxed mind.
The psychological aikido works in the same way. It’s actually a high-level approach to the self-defense technique which uses the core principles of aikido to turn, lead, redirect and reflect psychological attacks. Litvak’s teachings can be used to help yourselves and even the attackers.
Litvak is famous for putting the principles into practice with an insight in relationships and life itself. Here are a few words of wisdom from Litvak which you can use to improve your life and understand the world better:
1. We never reject someone – we just move forward. The ones left behind think they’ve been rejected
2. If you truly believe you’re a good person, why should you be concerned of what others think of you?
3. The ability to love and handle loneliness are the two signs of spiritual maturity
4. Immature people often know, but can’t do anything. A mature person knows and does what needs to be done
5. There’s really no road to success, but there is a road to unsuccessfulness
6. Look in the mirror and you’ll find your own true enemy
7. There’s only one reason to quit your job – the inability to achieve personal growth
8. Never chase happiness and you will reach it. Happiness is within ourselves and a development of your abilities
9. If you need to prove anything to someone, you only exist for that one person. By existing for yourself, you will never need to prove anything to anyone
10. It’s far better to communicate with a book than an empty man
11. Happiness can only be achieved with good organization
12. If you’re feeling good about yourself, why do you need for others to feel good for you too?
13. When communicating with others, have in mind that they probably have a good opinion of themselves
14. Share your happiness with friends and enemies as well