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by TJ Dawe
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Pixar’s been making first class movies for twenty years, and Inside Out may be their best yet. It contains a beautiful and succinct example of the simple healing power of empathy. The movie mostly takes place inside the head of Riley, an adolescent girl. Her major emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust are personified. […]

by TJ Dawe
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The central myth of American culture, according to David Simon, is the transcendent individual: there are great men and women who pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, and achieve greatness through their autonomy, courage, intelligence, strength and perseverance. It’s an image particularly associated with science and technology: the lone genius, an anti-social geek, working […]

by TJ Dawe
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In the wake of the Paris attacks, there’s been a whole lot of unhealthy Six-ness in public discourse. Type Six is the Loyalist, the Defender, the Devil’s Advocate. The ruling passion of Six is fear, or anxiety. A stressed-out Six’s ego keeps them fearful and suspicious. Danger lurks around every corner! Look out!! American political […]

by TJ Dawe
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Basically every teacher I know recommends daily meditation as a personal practice. Even if you only do it for two minutes. Even if you aren’t good at it. It’s really, really hard to stick to it. No matter that there are studied, proven benefits. No matter that it’s easy enough to do. That you can […]

by TJ Dawe
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So you know your Enneagram type. And you want to engage in a pracitice. Where do you start? A first step, described in many Enneagram books, is catching yourself in the act as you go about your day, and your habitual reactions assert themselves. Another simple practice is meditation. Even five minutes a day, paying […]
Practice
by TJ Dawe
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Engaging in a personal practice is really really hard. If this has been your experience, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It means you’re a person.  No matter how simple your practice might be, it’s exceedingly difficult to keep it up with any consistency, for any length of time. Because there are just so many […]
Enneagram Symbol
by TJ Dawe
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Why learn about your Enneagram type? What’s the point? How can it help you? Like this: it helps you identify your issues. It helps you call yourself on your shit. There’s certainly value in identifying and charting out the details of your personality type, as is frequently done with Myers-Briggs and other systems (including the […]