Gareth

Tight Jacket

The tight jacket is a tricky choice for men. If the body is trim and well proportioned the tight jacket shows it to good effect but if if its not then the man can end up looking like he’s in the process of exploding out of his body – right now. Step back! But this jacket is also indicative of the pressures that modern men are willing to put themselves under. The tight jacket is the male equivalent of the push up bra and just like that old advert it says “Hello Girls (or Boys)’ in flaunting the well defined… Read MoreTight Jacket »

Nothing to hide

Commentators have suggested that when phone users share all aspects of their life in public spaces they are taking part in the gradual erosion of British reserve. This is perhaps more complex than it appears: for example was this tradition of reserve a quality that was expressed by all classes or was it perhaps exercised by a few who recommended it as a model others should follow? Was it the unconscious expression of one class to maintain the order of another who perhaps felt threatened by the loud public speech of the underclasses? But to really bring this debate up… Read MoreNothing to hide »

The waiting game

Everybody waits. It seems hardly worth elaborating but the business of waiting in one way or another is a standard feature of modern life. But how do you deal with that time?  The vast majority of people see waiting as a waste of their time. In public they will crane their necks to see what the hold up is. Others will stare intently at their watch as if it were a magical device which could end the queue. Real sufferers will complain out loud generating either scorn or vocal support. Queueing is seen as fundamentally wrong and proof that ‘the… Read MoreThe waiting game »

Copy

A recent article in Huff post illustrated how people were willing to learn from their devices. By this I don’t mean the usual business of getting information but more in terms of how the technology seems to look after itself. The particular focus on was the low power function that phones go into when the battery supply has dipped to 20% in order to to preserve essential functions. It is suggested we follow a similar strategy and go into low power mode when we are feeling overwhelmed. I suspect that people have been doing this for a long time without… Read MoreCopy »

Kindness

It has always been a core part of my business to help men find kindness in their lives. But coming to really understand feeling this can prove very difficult for men. As a result I am often asked this straightforward question – what does kindness actually mean in practise? Kindness as defined by mainstream media is closely related to pity. They say we are kind when we make a donation to a worthy cause or help out by texting small amounts to relief agencies. While there is certainly a value in this it is not necessarily kind. At its worst… Read MoreKindness »

Walls

Clients often drop into my office asking that I help them justify the building of a wall. I sit them down and ask them to explain what it is they mean by a wall. More often than not they say ‘I want to build a wall 3,000 miles long to protect my lower end from invasion.’ As you can imagine several questions come to mind. The first is obvious: ‘What is it that makes you think that your lower end is under threat?’ The answer often contains a great deal of bluff, bluster and deeply questionable facts. It becomes clear… Read MoreWalls »

Zones

Who or what is it that contains you? From our first moments we are mirrored, matched and bonded to others. Our sense of individuality is partly a result of our inherited genetic characteristics and partly a product of the environments we are brought up in. If we are lucky we are nurtured and can enjoy degrees of freedom to explore who we can be. Over time we develop routines, habits and patterns of behaviour. We learn assumptions that come to inform our perceptions. In the process of becoming ‘I’ we come to include and exclude others. Memory goes just a… Read MoreZones »

Thumb-out

Its that time of year when everybody makes resolutions and starts signing up for gym classes, diets and divorce lawyers. Yes! A new start! Today I’m going to let you now about the latest craze that seems to be seeing the worlds of fitness. Thumbing At first it seems like a regular workout. First make sure you get clearance from your doctor, then recalibrate your nutritional intake, find a local gym (any gym will do), perhaps even get a personal trainer. Finally- make sure you buy the right stretchy gear and bring water to the gym. Be careful not to… Read MoreThumb-out »

The New Addiction

A great deal of time and energy is spent focusing on addictions. Alcohol, drugs, gambling and sex are the most discussed topics but there is a more powerful addiction that has arisen over the past 20 years which might even be more destabilising than all of them. The addiction I’m talking about is attention. The rise of the online world has rightly been celebrated for the rapid spread of information, helping build relational communities and engineering all manner of creative and charitable collaborations. However one of the negative effects of this online multi-level always-on world is the demands it can… Read MoreThe New Addiction »

The Sniffles

It is disheartening but all too common these days to hear talk of ‘Man-flu.’ You’ll be familiar with the scenario in which a man complains of a sniffle and the surrounding womenfolk all intone that he has ‘man-flu’ and begin berating him for his weakness when the stronger sex battle through daily life despite the loss of limbs, body-fluids and any form of support from men whatsoever. I don’t want to suggest that there is some actual physical element that makes men suffer more from a cold than women but it may be worth considering why men complain the way… Read MoreThe Sniffles »