Viewing entries posted in June 2011
There's a poster up in tube stations at the moment which
shows a pair of legs poking out of a tent in a field. The
way I get rich, goes the strapline, is by adding DOING
NOTHING to my to-do list. It's an...
It has always seemed obvious to me that the state of being
human implies a craving for certainty and a discomfort with
doubt. But here is a tale of one of history's greatest
certainty-seekers that makes me wonder if that's wholly
One of the...
Our lives are busy and stressful and we have developed all
manner of coping techniques: time management, yoga, annual
holidays, productivity techniques. These all undoubtedly
have merit, but instead of trying to boost efficiency or
enjoy temporary retreat from the nightmare, why don't we
On Tuesday we'll be talking about everything to do with
small groups why there are so many of them, why this
matters, and the secrets of what keeps a group going.
During my research I'd often meet people who had joined
groups, clubs or...
In the spring of 472 BC the people of Athens queued up to
see the latest play written by Aeschylus, the founder of
Greek tragedy. The Persians was an unusual production, and
not only because it was based on an historical event rather
It is over a hundred and fifty years since Henry Thoreau
first built his log cabin by Walden Pond, moved out of town,
and began his life in the woods. It was not really a
wilderness experience, certainly not by American standards
In this post Dr. Dan Siegel (Executive Director of the
Mindsight Institute) presents us with seven daily mental
activities to optimize our brain matter and create
well-being. These seven components form the basis of the
'Healthy Mind Platter' - a recommended recipe for what's
needed in our daily lives to ensure...
Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Carl Gustav
Jung. The Swiss psychologist developed many ideas that have
entered common parlance, from the personality types of the
introvert and extravert, to notions of the archetypal and
New Age. However, perhaps there is...
Step into the dusty corridors of academia and funny things
start happening. Straightforward words become clever-clever
ones. Ideas becomes frameworks. Words spawn 'isms' and
'isations' and turn into new labels like 'spawnismisation'.
Sentences are longer and more convoluted than the Dewey
system. Colons and semicolons...
Happy neurochemicals can't work if they're on all the time.
Four neurochemicals cause happiness: endorphins, dopamine,
oxytocin and serotonin. Each evolved to do a different job.
When you know what the job is, you know why your happy
chemicals can't be on all the...