“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” William James William James was an original thinker in and between the disciplines of physiology, psychology and philosophy. His twelve-hundred page masterwork, The Principles of Psychology (1890), is a rich blend of those three disciplines together with personal reflection that has given us such ideas as “the stream of thought” and the baby’s impression of the world “as one great blooming, buzzing confusion.” It contains… Read More
I don’t know much about Søren Kierkegaard, except that he was Danish and is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. I learnt those facts many years ago when I did a Masters in French Thought and finished the year only marginally wiser than I was at the beginning. However, I’ve recently discovered that he did say the following, which I consider to be well and truly on the button: Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.