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Mark's summarised a very well balanced day covering the main threads of the Self-help discourse which I very much enjoyed. I think for me the two challenges that emerge from the discussion and questions in relation to improving our well-being seem to be: 1) The embarrassment factor, there is a perception that self-help is the last resort for the truly messed up. 2) The confusion that the pursuit of happiness is synonymous with the pursuit of pleasure. There is a fundamental disconnect in our society on the factors that build and sustain our emotional well-being. One thing I did feel emerge quite clearly is that it's less about the 'self' the narcissistic sense and more about the quality of our relationship with each other. Here's my take of the day: http://lovephool.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/self-help-for-the-truly-fcked-up-or-the-vaguely-discontent/
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Jan 17, 2011