Coaching Client’s story-telling is hugely important for his/her identity narrative, for his/her worldview narrative, and the way she describes her problems and deficiencies. The ability to create stories (plot) about oneself and to describe and redescribe the world around resembles, at some points, the ability to create literary work, cinematic work, fairy tales, and the narrative arts in general. Recognition of these methods (e.g. persuasive techniques) can be instrumental in the coaching process, especially when the so-called narrative coaching methods are at stake. MORE HERE
For very many women, as for many males, pleasures constitute the framework of the meaningful life. And I don’t mean sweets, kisses, nice words, promises, and hugging though they give important satisfaction too. There are more basic pleasures that we all should take care of. For example, the very feeling that you have a meaningful life or a good life can give a profound sense of pleasure. More profound that temporary successes and momentary achievements. A bad feeling that you have a meaningless life and that no one needs you and your efforts must be painful and frustrating. Even more, it most often generates more frustration, stress, and discomfort. There must be a connection between the meaningful life and the pleasant life (or the meaningless life and pain).
It’s clear that people living in terrible conditions aren’t happy and need help. But, isn’t it awkward that those whose standard of living is very high aren’t so often much happier? Those earning thousands of dollars not always feel much better than those earning much less. And, do you think their lives are always more creative and much fuller of sense and meaning? Well, not always. Instead, many of them feel frustrated and disorganized. What’s wrong here? Doesn’t ‘having access to the material goods’ mean also ‘access to the models of the good life’ and ‘instructions to make life better’? Very many people living in the West have enough material conditions to enjoy happy and meaningful lives. They are much richer than people from undeveloped countries. Also, shouldn’t they be much grateful for what they have? They have much wider access to education. I understand education in a broader way. A life time project, not just a professional skill. Education is one of the most important sources of knowledge about how to live a good life. Do the wealthy use these sources to the full extent? Well, I’m not sure. All this is what makes me think of happiness and the good life for some time.
Why so few philosophers communicate with general audiences? As if they had nothing important to say in the public arena. In most cases, they do their job within the academic environment, as they did it decades ago. The university and college people are the only target audience, as it was a century ago. They teach in a classroom, give speeches at low attended conferences and publish their texts in highly specialized journals. Their complicated language of communication is a serious barrier to non-philosophers. The problems they try to solve aren’t ones that the members of the public would recognize as problems. It’s not often that they give public speeches and TV interviews, unless they enter the political world. Very few attract a public attention. I am thinking about it because the Internet has become such a public sphere. Is it a sort of obligation for philosophers to use it?
Most of us live in the digital time, we like it or not. It’s difficult to imagine daily life without the Internet, virtual reality, social media. And the constant use of the devices: smart-phones, I-pods, etc. It’s a new mode of communication. It’s a new way the opportunities appear. It’s a new transmission of ideas. We have to take care of a more solid Internet connection. And to a tablet’s updated version. But there is another aspect of the same issue. A more vital aspect. Especially, when we look at this from an individual perspective. The perspective of a particular person. Her quality of life, happiness, and self-fulfilment. Philosophical topics for millennia.
Free Webinar: Can Philosophers be Helpful in the Age of the Internet?, Wednesday, December 16, at 9 PM CET (Berlin) / 8PM GMT (London) / 3PM EST (New York) /7AM AEDT (Sydney), in cooperation with Berlin Practical Philosophy International Forum e.V.