Marija Barisic


About Marija Barisic

Marija studies German and History at the University of Vienna and loves reading and writing about psychological and spiritual theories of human mind. She likes late-night-talks with open-minded people and getting to know different point of views.


Coffee House Readings #14: Love Yourself – Like Your Life Depends On It

This month I want to share a book with you that is very special to me. It’s a book I often go back to when nothing seems to work out, when life seems to be hard, people seem to be mean and the universe just doesn’t seem to give a […]


Coffee House Readings #12:
On Living

What do people talk about when they’re dying? If there is anybody who is able to answer this question, it is Kerry Egan. As a chaplain she visits, talks and listens to dying people and their life stories – offering them a precious gift that she calls “a peaceful presence”. […]


The art of creating for the sake of creating – An Interview with Harry Baker

His love poem for lonely prime numbers reached over one million people around the world. “People who have just seen that think that I just write poems about maths the whole time”, Harry Baker says amusingly. Since then, performance poet and mathematician Harry Baker has travelled around the world enriching […]


Coffee House Readings #10: Love Warrior

“I was loved. If love could prevent pain, I’d never have suffered.” If honesty had a name, I would call her Glennon Melton Doyle. She is not only the author of her autobiographical book “Love Warrior” but also of her own remarkable life. This month’s book review is about the heartwarming story of […]


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Coffee House Readings #8: The Power of Now

I can’t live with myself anymore. Wait a minute. What does this mean? I can’t live with myself anymore. If I can’t live with myself anymore, who is the I that can’t live with my self anymore? And who is my self that I can’t live with anymore? Just think […]


Why building the life we want is so difficult

We all know them way too well. These typical facebook-instagram-tumblr-quotes in front of a heart-melting, sentimental wallpaper handing out advice on how to live the life we truly want for ourselves. Hashtagdowhatyouwant. Hashtagdowhatmakesyouhappy. Hashtaglovewhatyoudo. Hashtagdowhatyoulove. Wow. Do what you want because doing what you want is going to make you […]


Chancen:reich – integration worth spreading!

It’s a very hot day on Wednesday June 29th. A big crowd has gathered in front of “Halle E+G” at Museumsquartier in Vienna. Most of them are refugees. All of them are here for the same reason: They are hoping to find a job at Austria’s first job fair for […]


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Coffee House Readings #6:
How to win friends and influence people

Oh no! Not again. Yet another self-help book. That sounds manipulative on top of that… Admittedly, this was the first thing that crossed my mind, when I read the title of this month’s book review. But somehow that title resonated with me and I asked myself: Well, how do we […]


Do schools kill creativity?

It is probably the most imprinting period in one’s life: School. I am sure that most of you remember the time you had in your good old school days. But whether you consider your school days as good or not, one thing is for sure: They were old. Not just […]


Coffee House Readings #4: Man’s Search For Meaning

How is it possible to introduce a book like this, a great mind such as Viktor Frankl, in the most accurate way? Is it even possible to put all this content into a short book review? These questions made me reread and rewrite my miserable attempts desperately when starting this […]