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Sep 20

The stories we tell ourselves

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in General, Life

My friend Eric tweeted the link to this blog today and it was the first thing I read upon waking up (I was exhausted and had a lie in, slept til 8:30!)

… following my own theories (well, to be fair, other people have them too, and had them first) about how cognitive behavior can be shaped by the stories we tell ourselves. Sometimes this is not a good thing – in fact, I think often it’s not, because we go from just a story into a long-running sitcom (or worse, a telenovela) about the way our lives are. That becomes a very comfortable place to be, or even an exciting place (think about how awful and compelling some of the shows on TV can be) and so we return to it, again and again. It may be living in a world where you can’t trust anyone. Or a world where there’s never enough love or money or bacon to go around.

These words about what stories he told himself about how life was instantly associated themselves in my head with with Chimamanda Adichie’s amazing TED talk about the danger of single stories and the stereotypes that spring to life because of the stories we tell ourselves about other people.

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” — Chimamanda Adichie

There are differences in what he is saying and the intention of Adichie’s speech, but it’s similar enough that it connected with me. And even if you go read the very interesting blog at the Love. Life. Practice. site and see absolutely no connection with Adichie’s talk, I think her talk is incredible and you will benefit from watching it regardless.

Jan 7

Mia’s current obsessions

Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 in General, Life

What are Mia’s favorite things in the entire universe right now? She will seriously pitch a classic toddler tantrum over watching Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Yes. I am serious.

She also really loves Vampire Weekend’s Holiday video and also their videos for A-Punk and Cousins. Go figure. She’s a modern chick.