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Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art
by Maria Popova “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.” The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. In Art as Therapy (public library), philosopher Alain de Botton — who has previously examined such diverse and provocative subjects as why work doesn’t work, what education and the arts can learn from religion, and how to think more about sex — teams up with art historian John Armstrong to examine art’s most intimate purpose: its ability to mediate our psychological shortcomings and assuage our anxieties about imperfection. Like other tools, art has the power to extend our capacities beyond those that nature has originally endowed us with. De Botton and Armstrong go on to outline the seven core psychological functions of art: What we’re worried about forgetting … tends to be quite particular. 'We don't just observe her, we get to know what is important about her.' But these worries, they argue, are misguided. 'What hope might look like.' Related:  ArtCoachingJAWS

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Dreamlike Worlds Without Photoshop EmailEmail Korean artist Jee Young Lee’s beautiful dreamscapes are living proof that you don’t need Photoshop or even a large studio space to create amazing surreal images. She creates all of these scenes by hand in a room that is only 3.6 x 4.1 x 2.4 meters and then inserts herself into the pictures. Some of these self portraits represent her own experiences, dreams and memories, while others represent traditional Korean folk tales and legends. Source:

¿Por qué debo contratarte? Hace unos días reflexionaba sobre cómo creo que será la formación del futuro, en el blog de Nacho Somalo. En este post, uno de los problemas que planteo es la desconexión entre el mundo laboral y los centros de formación. ¿Qué ocurre una vez que estos alumnos salen al mercado laboral? Hayan tenido o no, la suerte de pasar por el centro adecuado, todos deben enfrentarse a un proceso de selección (que, por cierto, también ha cambiado ostensiblemente). Y ¿qué ocurre en el ámbito de las empresas? ¿Qué te diferencia de los demás? ¿Te has preguntado esto alguna vez? No hablo tanto de diferenciación como estrategia para destacar, sino de estar preparado. Hoy en día hay cientos de agencias que hacen sem, seo, social media,… y miles de personas que se dedican a ello. Seguramente habrá otros factores, pero me gustaría reflexionar sobre dos o tres para cada caso y que abramos debate. ¿Qué me hace el mejor candidato para ese puesto de trabajo? 1. ). 2. ¿Por qué te voy a contratar como agencia? 1. 2. 3.

How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling “I pray to Jesus to preserve my sanity,” Jack Kerouac professed in discussing his writing routine. But those of us who fall on the more secular end of the spectrum might need a slightly more potent sanity-preservation tool than prayer. That’s precisely what writer and psychotherapist Philippa Perry offers in How To Stay Sane (public library), part of The School of Life’s wonderful series reclaiming the traditional self-help genre as intelligent, non-self-helpy, yet immensely helpful guides to modern living. At the heart of Perry’s argument — in line with neurologist Oliver Sacks’s recent meditation on memory and how “narrative truth,” rather than “historical truth,” shapes our impression of the world — is the recognition that stories make us human and learning to reframe our interpretations of reality is key to our experience of life: Our stories give shape to our inchoate, disparate, fleeting impressions of everyday life. Perry concludes: Artwork by pennylrichardsca

Snakes' Glamour Shots Show Off Their Curves In the book's acknowledgments, Laita thanks "a certain Central American collector who shall remain anonymous out of fear of losing his license because of the black mamba incident." Naturally, we had to discuss the black mamba incident. While photographing a black mamba, Laita was bitten. He said the snake didn't attack because he had moved, which is what usually causes a snake to strike. Instead, a cord got caught and its movement spooked the snake, causing it to strike Laita while the trainer wasn't looking. The strike was quick. "Here I am," Laita joked. The trainer offered a few explanations for why Laita wasn't harmed by the venom. Laita remained calm during his recollection of the incident, but he said even he was surprised when he realized that he had actually caught the strike on film. After the incident, Laita was looking through his photos of the black mamba. Black MambaDendroaspis polylepis Distribution: Africa Habitat: Savanna, woodland, rocky hillsides Length: Up to 11.5 feet

Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish 105inShare Jump To Close Welcome to rural Sweden, sometime in the late '80s. Citizens go about their mundane lives and children explore the countryside. This is the world that exists in artist Simon Stålenhag's mind, and it's only accessible through his paintings. The artwork is impactful as a result of this juxtaposition between the harsh realities of life and the sci-fi technologies of our dreams. Simon Stålenhag used a Wacom tablet and pen to digitally paint the works below. Hint: Use the 's' and 'd' keys to navigate Read next: The Large Hadron Collider in pictures: using big technology to investigate tiny things Play Next: 'Ripple Dot Zero', the game designed by your favorite Swedish illustrator

Getting Out of your Comfort Zone: Why it’s Hard and Why you Should You’ve heard people say you need to get out of your comfort zone, right? You need to stretch yourself, they say. It’ll be good for you. Everyone seems to agree with this idea, but what do we actually know about the comfort zone? Okay, but what is the comfort zone really and why should we leave it? Let’s do a little digging to find out. What is the comfort zone? The most scientific explanation of what a comfort zone is relates it to anxiety levels. Although people often refer to “getting outside your comfort zone” in terms of trying new things, anything that raises your anxiety levels can be counted as being outside that zone. Although anxiety isn’t something we’re prone to go looking for, a little bit can be surprisingly beneficial. The comfort zone is often illustrated like the image above, where the comfort zone extends into a learning zone, but eventually leads to a panic zone, where anxiety is too high. How we deal with uncertainty Breaking out It will help you grow Daniel H.

Summer School (15 - 19 yrs) Life. It’s a big old thing isn’t it? Seemingly stretching out in front of us for ages with a whole load of possibilities but nothing that’s really certain. Exciting? Obviously! Come and join us at The School of Life for a week of self-discovery where- through our programme of activity and discussion- you can begin to pin down some of those possibilities and make sense of turning them into realities, whilst meeting new people and doing something a bit different and definitely extremely cool over the summer holidays. Imagine a pick and mix: a week full of all the tastiest bite-sized bits of learning we have here at The School of Life. Life will still feel big and exciting and scary after a week with us but we hope to help you feel a bit more comfortable with your world, what’s going on in it and how you can take control of your future. Our Summer School is led by faculty member Gaylene Gould; you will have a dedicated Young People’s Mentor on hand throughout the week.

What Happens When You Zap Instant Film With 15,000 Volts | Wired Design Phillip Stearns is an artist who sees beauty where others see computer bugs. Phillip Stearns He collects images of artful computer abnormalities on his blog and has transformed images from fried cameras into tasteful home furnishings, but for his latest project called High Voltage, Stearns is experimenting with electricity and chemistry. Each image in this series is created by zapping Fujifilm instant color film with electricity produced by a transformer used to power neon signs. Stearns' process isn't exposing the film per se. The light from the sparks accounts for some of the bluish colors in the background of the shots, but the electrical "tree" structures, technically called Lichtenberg figures, are created when the electricity vaporizes the silver halides embedded in the film. He adds to the image by pouring liquids—bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol—onto the film and arcing electricity through them which which adds chemical coloration. "Plasma.

The Tricky Balance Of Using The Past To Shape Your Future Business is all about moving forward, calculating that next strategy, achieving a new benchmark, and pushing innovation. Opportunities and possibilities all lie ahead. But if history repeats itself, why do so few of us spend time thinking about the past? “People often base their next move off of gut instead of science and research,” says Scott Petinga, CEO of Akquracy, a marketing firm that uses historical data to create future campaigns. “But a business database is a mine of behavioral data. For Petinga, the importance of looking back hit home 10 years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer. “You can’t prepare for the unexpected,” he says. Petinga says operating a business is like driving a car: You get ahead by looking through the large windshield, but you can’t operate without the rearview mirror. 1. The greatest lessons of the past are often learned through mistakes, but it’s important to not get stuck in the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” trap. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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