Affairs A5 - Writing As Therapy Journal
Notebook from The School Of Life.
Size A5. Dark orange. Linen bound notebook.
210 x 148 mm. 192 pages. 100grm Munken paper with printed dot grid.
Intro page with writing about Affairss.
A linen-bound notebook designed to accommodate ideas, aspirations and worries in the therapeutic activity of writing down your thoughts.
We have so many vague feelings of hurt, envy, anxiety, and regret, but for the most part we never stop to make sense of them. It’s too un-comfortable, and especially difficult because we are so often busy and frazzled, hyper-connected yet a bit lonely. To really understand what we feel and think, we must turn away from distractions, common sense, and other people’s opinions. We need to develop intimacy with ourselves.
Our un-thought thoughts contain clues as to our needs and our longer-term direction. Writing them out is key. Through writing, we recognise patterns to observe and, perhaps, outgrow. We can strategise – a remarkably neglected task. We can ask ourselves why we make the choices we do. We can question faulty narratives and create new ones. We can consider ideas before we commit to them, and reinforce good ideas we already know.
Writing is ultimately the task of discovering and developing what we think. There could hardly be a more important personal goal.
Some words from the intro page...
'We use the word ‘affairs’ to refer to one of two very important, yet very different, concepts: either private passions – risky flings that unfold to the side of our main commitments – or else highly important matters of business, economic and political life. Either way, affairs need to be recorded in a place that’s discrete yet allows for expansion and elaboration. You can confess to either, or indeed both, in this journal.
Out there in the rest of our lives, our friends are often too eager to please, to give a useful opinion, or else they can be too full of their own slightly judgemental perspectives. Partners might be upset by our feelings, no matter how well-intentioned we are. But a journal is always a good listener and interpreter. It is the ideal silent companion to our most significant states of mind.'
The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. They address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand and, where necessary change, the world.