Ryan A Bush

Ryan A Bush is the founder + author of Designing the Mind – a designer and thinker focused on building better systems, better people, and a better future. Ryan coined the term “psychitecture” and creates books, products, and programs designed to catalyze psychological growth.


What if we could provide each individual with an array of powerful psychotechnologies for understanding and optimizing the functions of their own minds? What would be the cumulative effects on society if every person’s highest goal was to overcome themselves and build the best possible mind?

Designing the Mind is a self-development organization focused on providing wisdom education and expanding human potential beyond the norm. It draws heavily from thinkers like Lao Tzu, the Buddha, Marcus Aurelius, and Nietzsche, but it’s something new. From cognitive therapy and humanistic psychology, yet it isn’t meant for the broken. Its central theme of psychitecture represents a new, modern way of viewing and iteratively improving your mind.

Ryan A Bush is a thinker and designer focused on building better systems, better people, and a better future. As founder of Designing the Mind, Ryan’s central purpose is to provide wisdom education and expand human potential beyond the norm.

This journey has led him to write multiple bestselling books like Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture, build life-changing programs like The Anxiety Algorithm, and launch Mindform, the world’s first psychitecture collective and training platform. Through his books, programs, and community, he works to integrate the insights of ancient and modern thinkers to form a new vision for psychological growth and self-mastery.

Ryan’s background is in the design of systems – he has worked with tech startups to design and develop everything from patented physical products, to software, to buildings, to business models. But his most relevant credential is a lifelong appetite for introspective investigation, ravenous reading, and obsessive self-optimization.

For many years, Ryan has studied the insights of ancient teachers, practical philosophers, and cognitive scientists. His ideas have been featured on major platforms like Psyche, Lifehack, and Modern Stoicism, and he has been a guest on podcasts like Modern Stoicism, The Unmistakable Creative, and The Art of Manliness.

He lives in a small mountain town where he splits his time between creating, reflecting, and adventuring with his partner and their corgi, Hootie, who is on track to be an honors student this year.


We appreciate all questions, invitations, and critiques, and Ryan gets back to all messages as soon as possible.


 If you are interested in directing your own psychological evolution, you are invited to join the DTM community.


Psychitecture is self-improvement on a deeper level. For an introduction, download the Psychitect’s Toolkit, a free list of psychotechnologies, books, websites, and other resources for psychological self-optimization.

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