How can we practice self-care?

What does it mean to take care of oneself?  Growing up we might have learned that taking care of ourselves and paying attention to our own needs is being selfish and self-centered. However, if we don’t take care of ourselves, who will?  It is a matter of constructive selfishness. When we feel good about ourselves, … Continue reading How can we practice self-care?

If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

The type of kitchen utensil we identify ourselves with can give us an idea of our current state of mind and how we conduct ourselves in our personal and professional lives. Years ago someone asked me this interesting question: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be? I smiled and thought about it. … Continue reading If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

What about negativity?

We all know people who are extremely negative. They are always complaining about one thing or the other. They feel sorry for themselves. Like the world is treating them unfairly. They can be really draining to be around.  This post gives some ideas to what we can do when we face these negative problem people. … Continue reading What about negativity?

Cleaning the aquarium from the outside – about the difference between a psychological and a philosophical approach in coaching

The image of cleaning the aquarium from the outside can be used to explain the difference between the psychologically oriented conversation as opposed to the philosophical protreptic coaching conversation. When you are cleaning the glass of the aquarium you don’t put your hands in it and mess with the fish inside the aquarium. Instead you … Continue reading Cleaning the aquarium from the outside – about the difference between a psychological and a philosophical approach in coaching

How can we learn to ‘think well’?

How can we gain freedom from the conditioning of the mind – a conditioning that creates negative thought patterns and beliefs? And how can we learn to think in ways that are more beneficial to us? Ultimately, if we can teach people to think well, we could heal most of the ills of individuals and … Continue reading How can we learn to ‘think well’?

What is the conditioning of the mind?

… time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain, therefore, awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters Plato The quote is from the Greek philosopher Plato (c. 428-348 B.C.) – student of Socrates (c. 469-399 B.C.) and teacher of Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) (Phillips 2001). The quote … Continue reading What is the conditioning of the mind?

What is Protreptic?

Protreptic is a philosophical conversation that was developed at the classical, Greek, executive academies around 400 B.C. It was founded on the idea of symmetrical dialogues where the individual is guided towards justice, decency and responsibility through the protreptic dialogue. The Oxford dictionary defines protreptic as: from Greek protreptikos ‘instructive’, from pro- ‘before’ + trepein … Continue reading What is Protreptic?