As I carry on my daily work, my mind is focused. But in the moments of reduced attention to the task, in recent weeks, it wanders to thoughts of my ultimate demise. I think of me, my parents, my wife and children, all one day gone. Today I thought of a business friend who lost […]
What is the nature of the self? What is it that makes me, me and you, you? How we identify ourselves in relation to the environment and others, has an enormous bearing on the experiences we encounter and the levels of success or failure we witness. Here we will explore this fundamental to human performance and creative expertise.
I don’t aim to polarise when I write. My intention is not to inflame passions or raise anger. I might shine a light on some social disturbance or other occasionally, but I like to add perspective, some balance when I do. Most of the time, anyway. At least that’s what I think I do. Regardless, […]
American psychologist Carl Rogers was one of the founders of the Person-centred Therapeutic Approach in psychology and a founding father of Humanistic Psychotherapy. Rogers was aligned with Maslow’s concept of the self-actualising person and suggested that for a person to recover from internal conflict, they require an environment of genuineness, acceptance and empathy with both […]
How To Create Order From Chaos In today’s Sunday Letters, I’m taking a look at how we can create order from chaos. I’m staying with The Artist’s Manifesto until publication on October 15th, and This article is part two of chapter eight, titled; The Creative Self. Many of us in western industrialised society do not […]
Do know who you are? Are you consistent and steady in your daily creative endeavours, confident in the face of the sometimes harsh responses to your work? Or maybe there is silence, nobody pays attention. How does that affect you? Your driver’s licence has a name and a photograph. Your online social profiles, your employee records, your tax accounts, birth certificate and other records all represent a fixed and unchanging you. But are you fixed and unchanging?
It’s Sunday morning and it’s Christmas Eve too, so I firstly would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and new year. I like Christmas. That to me is a good enough reason to take part, although I think most of us just row in simply because there’s a tradition built up in our culture. I want to talk about that a little bit today.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about the nature of my reality. In particular, I was considering what it means to transition through what is termed in psychology as the existential crisis and how the outside world relates to that experience. This podcast episode is about that.