I can’t think of all the examples off the top of my head, but I am truly grateful for inspired people who persisted with their curiosity– no matter what it was driven by– to disrupt our ideas of what is fixed and immutable and what is changeable; to drag into the light and dust off ideas and parts of ourselves that we have hidden in the dark; and to throw a spanner in the normative works constructed by a lifetime of conditioning, punishment and reward.
Basically, to show us ourselves more clearly…. because the thing that makes us distinctly human is self-awareness.
Here are some recent-ish things that have made me rethink myself or the way the world works.
Two notes: (a) I included the pot article not so much because I have reservations about legalising pot (which I do, but that’s another story), but because it refers to studies that reflect on the way we act, even when drunk, in response to what we believe is “acceptable”; and (b) I know there are a lot of TEDTalks, but can you blame me? 🙂
Brené Brown: Listening to shame
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Article: Candy’s Dandy, but Pot’s Scary
I’m grateful for research that flips things over.