Our Mental Scripts

A dangerously underweight fifteen-year-old girl looks into the mirror and sees herself as disgustingly fat. Such extreme conditions as anorexia nervosa are shocking in their effects upon people. However, could we all have milder distorting self-beliefs about ourselves, perhaps? How about this: We walk into a room and believe everyone is looking at us critically? Or, we […]

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Pure Creativity? Is there any such thing?

What if creativity always starts with what is in your hand?  What if having to create something without reference to what has gone before is illusory. This would mean that being purely original is a nonsense. Even God, in the Genesis account, made the man out of the dust of the earth. Was that pure creativity? No. But it was extraordinary, […]

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It can only get better …

What is one of the biggest problems of anybody leading change? If you have tried it even once, I imagine you will say: “The other people involved.” It can seem like resistance to change is normal. As a result, many of us avoid dealing with these stakeholders. “They will only cause trouble.” This can make matters […]

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An Investment in Hope

I was honoured to be invited on Saturday to the launch of the British Antarctic Survey’s Sir David Attenborough. Although for me this meant a 14-hour return drive, it was worth it. The launch was a historic milestone and a significant move towards a safer world. Quite apart from that, the launch itself was quite […]

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