Self-doubt, laziness, and avoidance…could compassion be the answer?
Do you find yourself struggling so much that you think you might just give up altogether? Do you feel harsh towards yourself because when things are hard you procrastinate? Or maybe, you did give up, and now wonder "What's wrong with me?".
I Was Admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital. Here is my Experience
By the fourth day in the clinic I had grown doubtful of my motivations, the motivations of the government. Why do I want to feel ‘better’? Why would the public system pay for a private stay so that I can feel ‘better’? I won’t lie, my writing had something to do with it… and, there it was again, atmosphere. I sat in an armchair facing the window as the sky turned lilac around the big public housing complex.
Have you been defeated by your own mind? Life is difficult for many, but according to psychologists, it is you who needs to change.
I touched my skull - just right behind the ear - and found the texture discomforting. Am I getting dandruff again? So, I try probing better, peeling away to reveal (or create) a rush.
Don't be a Stoic
Across the vast lands of Twitter, bookshops, Amazon and blog stires, one Philosophy has ruled them all. Stoicism is the philosophy in which thinkers — most notably Seneca and Epictetus — emphasised that a wise person would be emotionally adaptable to adversity since “virtue is sufficient for happiness”.
Why Are Artists Never Happy?
We talk about madness, mental illness, oddballs, but, do we really consider the bigger picture when discussing artists? I was searching for sentences, keywords, stuff that people usually searches for or associate with "artists". Across several interesting findings, one struck me:
You're not stupid, but we are stupidly confident
In a famous line from Theatetus, Socrates compares his philosophical activity to midwifery (v, he maieutikê technê). Socrates, according to Maieutics, first facilitates and then criticises other people's ideas. In other words, Socrates felt that individuals were convinced of their own views, even if they were false, and that they could not recognise (as he did) that they simply "didn't know" things. As a result, he would probe them more and more until they began to doubt their earlier ideas or came to a different conclusion. This was not a quest for the ultimate truth, but rather to raise awareness of the reality that we know far less than we believe.
Is the Art Market a Scam?
In 2005, a Salvator Mundi believed a replica was auctioned off from the property of Baton Rouge industrialist Basil Clovis Hendry Sr. at the St. Charles Gallery auction house in New Orleans. It had been highly overpainted to the degree of looking like a replica, and was characterised as “a wreck, dark and depressing” before restoration. The picture was purchased for $1,175 by a group of art dealers. The team thought there was a chance that this low-quality piece may be Leonardo’s long-lost original.
Writer's Block? Neuroscience may have a solution (or two) for you!
Arguably, the problem with writer's block is creativity. Not the fact that we may at times lack creativity, but that we wait for inspiration when it comes to creative projects. See, if you need to write an email for work, or finish a paper for Uni or high school, or even write a sad text to your ex, you don't get the block. You just do. You write.
Let's Talk About The Porn Industry, Baby
Wallace - to get an idea of what inspired me to write about porn- recounts the story of when he was invited and attended (or had to correspond from; unsure) a porn convention. This may sound like freaky stuff, and maybe it was, but that wasn't the point, not for "our correspondent".