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

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?