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You can think about this excellent book in several different ways – as a time-management guide, as a kind of fl ow-state manual, as therapeutic self-help for anxiety and stress, or as a way to just rethink how you’re using your mind and your energy when it comes to tackling work and a big to-do list.
Truly, incredibly, thanks to the UKweather, I spent the weekend reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis.
Incredibly, because what I know, understand and care about baseball is zero. Even saying that doesn’t quite convey the deep chasms of my ignorance and lack of concern, like, as the young folks say….whatever.
According to Gary Trudeau (Doonsbury), “You win by not getting out.” Hmmm.
Intrigued by this article by Tim Parks in the Guardian, having enjoyed his 'Teach Us To Sit Still'. I am reading, slowly, this very engaging study in family and systemic therapy by Valeria Ugazio. Her work has explicit roots into Bateson and Haley, referencing 'double binds', 'the cybernetics of self' and 'pragmatics of human communication' among other things. It's a subtle, touching account of her work, specifically focussed on dealing with phobias, eating disorders, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
This is a wondrous little gem collection of all the many ways in which human beings are deluded and and crazy. Here are our self deceptions and wrongful calculations, the lies, distortions and marvellous idiocies of the ways our minds work - and that's on a good day!
Some of you will have already heard this on R4 Book of the Week or see the extracts and reviews in the press. I was lucky to buy my copy at the launch party at the Wellcome Institute and I started on it immediately on the train home!
I'm always interested in books about the therapeutic process and the history of how 'mental health' or psychological problems are understood and treated.
In my opinion, this is a ‘breakthrough’ piece of work in the whole worldwide fi eld of personal development. Based on Joseph Campbell’s idea that there’s an essential adventure to people’s lives who respond to their ‘calling’, Robert Dilts and Steve Gilligan have collaborated to create a superb workshop – here in vivid transcript – to provide the tools and support along the way.