Emotions, sex and connection…

When you think about it, despite feeling difficult, the problems people struggle with in dating sound pretty trivial.

For instance, we have been walking and talking our entire lives, yet walking up to an attractive person and opening our mouths to say “hi” can feel impossibly complex to us. People have been using a phone since they were children, yet given the agony some go through just to dial a person’s phone number, you’d think they were being waterboarded. Most of us have kissed someone before and we’ve seen hundreds of movies and instances in real life of other people kissing, yet we still stare dreamily into the object of our affection’s eyes hour after hour, telling ourselves we can never find the “right moment” to do it.

Why? It sounds simple, but why is it so hard?

We build businesses, write novels, scale mountains, help strangers and friends alike through difficult times, tackle the thorniest of the world’s social ills — and yet, when we come face-to-face with someone we find attractive, our hearts race and our minds are sent reeling. And we stall.

Dating advice often compares improving one’s dating life to improving at some practical skill, such as playing piano or learning a foreign language. Sure, there are some overlapping principles, but it’s hard to imagine most people trembling with anxiety every time they sit in front of the keyboard. And I’ve never met someone who became depressed for a week after failing to conjugate a verb correctly. They’re not the same.

Generally speaking, if someone practices piano daily for two years, they will eventually become quite competent at it. Yet many people spend most of their lives with one romantic failure after another.

Why?

What is it about this one area of life that the most basic actions can feel impossible, that repetitive behavior often leads to little or no change, and that our psychological defense mechanisms run rampant trying to convince us to not pursue what we want?

Why dating and not, say, skiing? Or even our careers? Why is it that a person can conquer the corporate ladder, become a militant CEO, demanding and receiving the respect and admiration of hundreds of brilliant minds, and then flounder through a simple dinner date with a beautiful stranger?

OUR EMOTIONAL MAPS

As children, none of us get 100% of our needs met. This is true of you. It’s true of me. It’s true of everyone. The degree of which our needs aren’t met varies widely, and the nature of how our needs are unfulfilled differs as well. But it’s the sad truth about growing up: we’ve all got baggage. And some of us have a lot of it. Whether it is a parent who didn’t hold us enough, who didn’t feed us regularly enough, a father who wasn’t around often, a mother who left us and moved away, being forced to move from school to school as a child and never having friends — all of these experiences leave their mark as a series of micro-traumas that shape and define us.

Roadmaps in the minds of a man and woman

The nature and depth of these traumas imprint themselves onto our unconscious and become the map of how we experience love, intimacy and sex throughout our lives.

If mom was over-protective and dad was never around, that will form part of our map for love and intimacy. If we were manipulated or tormented by our siblings and peers, that will imprint itself as part of our self-image. If mom was an alcoholic and dad was screwing around with other women, it will stay with us. If our first girlfriend/boyfriend died in a car accident or dad beat us because he caught us masturbating — well, you get the point. These imprints will not only affect, but define, all of our future romantic and sexual relationships as adults.

You and I and everyone else have met hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Out of those thousands, multiple hundreds easily met our physical criteria for a mate. Yet out of those hundreds, we fall in love with a very few. Only a handful we meet in our entire lives ever grab us on that gut-level, where we lose all rationality and control and lay awake at night thinking about them.

It’s often not the one we expected to fall for either. One might be perfect on paper. Another potential lover might have a great sense of humor and they’re amazing in bed. But sometimes there’s the one we can’t stop thinking about, the one we involuntarily keep going back to over and over and over again.

Psychologists believe that romantic love occurs when our unconscious becomes exposed to someone who matches the archetype of parental love we experienced growing up, someone whose behavior matches our emotional map for intimacy. Our unconscious is always seeking to return to the unconditional nurturing we received as children, and to re-process and heal the traumas we suffered.

In short, our unconscious is wired to seek out romantic interests who it believes will fulfill our unfulfilled emotional needs, to fill in the gaps of the love and nurturing we missed out on as kids. This is why the people we fall in love with almost always resemble our parents on an emotional level.

Hence why people who are madly in love say to each other, “you complete me,” or refer to each other as their “better half.” It’s also why couples in the throes of new love often act like children around one another. Their unconscious mind can’t differentiate between the love they’re receiving from their girlfriend/boyfriend and the love they once received as a child from their parents.

This is also why dating and relationships are so painful and difficult for so many of us, particularly if we had strained familial relationships growing up. Unlike playing the piano or learning a language, our dating and sex lives are inextricably bound to our emotional needs, and when we get into potentially intimate or sexual situations, these experiences rub up against our prior traumas causing us anxiety, neuroticism, stress and pain.

So that someone rejecting you isn’t just rejecting you — instead, to your unconscious, you’re reliving every time your mother rejected you or turned down your need for affection.

That irrational fear you feel when it comes time to take your clothes off in front of someone new isn’t just the nervousness of the moment, but every time you were punished for sexual thoughts or feelings growing up.

Don’t believe me? Think about this. Someone no-shows for a regular business meeting with you. How do you feel? Annoyed likely. Maybe a tad disrespected. But chances are you get over it quickly, and by the time you get home and are watching TV, you don’t even remember it even happened.

Now, imagine someone you are extremely attracted to no-shows for a date. How do you feel? If you’re like most people who struggle in this area of their life, you feel like shit. Like you just got used and led on and shat on.

Why? Because being flaked on rubs up against your unconscious fear of abandonment, fear that nobody loves you and that you’re going to be alone forever. Ouch.

Maybe you freak out and call them and leave angry voicemails. Maybe you continue to call them weeks or months later, getting blown off over and over again, feeling worse and worse each time. Or maybe you just get depressed and mope about it on Facebook or some dating forum.

Every irrational fear, emotional outburst or insecurity you have in your dating life is an imprint on your emotional map from your relationships growing up.

It’s why you’re terrified to go for the first kiss. It’s why you freeze up when it comes time to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know or tell someone you just met how you feel about them. It’s why you clam up every time you go to bed with someone new or you freeze and get uncomfortable when it’s time to open up and share yourself with somebody.

The list goes on and on.

All of these issues have deep-seated roots in your unconscious, your unfulfilled emotional needs and traumas.

DISASSOCIATING FROM OUR EMOTIONS

A common way we bypass dealing with the emotional stress involved in dating is by disassociating our emotions from intimacy and sex. If we shut off our need for intimacy and connection, then our sexual actions no longer rub up against our emotional maps and we can greatly diminish the neediness and anxiety we once felt while still reaping the superficial benefits. It takes time and practice, but once disassociated from our emotions, we can enjoy the sex and validation of dating without concerns for intimacy, connection, and in some cases, ethics.

Here are common ways we disassociate dating from their emotions:

  • Objectification. Objectifying someone is when you see them only for a specific purpose and don’t see them as fully integrated human beings. You can objectify people as sex objects, professional work objects, social objects, or none of the above. You might objectify someone for sex, status or influence. But objectification is ultimately disastrous for one’s own emotional health, not to mention one’s relationships.
  • Sexism. Viewing the other sex as inferior or inherently evil/inept is a sure way to redirect one’s emotional problems outward onto a population at large rather than dealing with them yourself. Without fail, men who treat and view women as some inferior “other,” are more often than not projecting their own anger and insecurities onto the women they meet rather than dealing with them. The same goes for women.
  • Manipulation and games. By engaging in games and manipulation, we withhold our true intentions and identities, and therefore we withhold our emotional maps as well. With these tactics, the aim is to get someone to fall for the perception we create rather than who we really are, greatly reducing the risk of digging up the buried emotional scars of past relationships.
  • Overuse of humor, teasing, bantering. A classic strategy of distraction. Not that jokes or teasing are always bad, but an interaction of nothing but jokes and teasing is a means to communicate without saying anything important, to enjoy yourselves without actually do anything, and to feel like you know each other without actually knowing a thing. This is most typical of English-speaking cultures — men and women, straight and gay — as they tend to use sarcasm and teasing as a means to imply affection rather than actually showing it.
  • Stripclubs, prostitution, pornography. A way to experience one’s sexuality vicariously through an empty, idealized vessel, whether it’s on a screen, a stage, or running you $100 an hour.

Generally, the more resentment one is harboring, the more one objectifies others. People who had turbulent relationships with their parents, or were abandoned in a previous relationship, or tormented and teased when growing up — these people will likely find it much easier and more enticing to objectify and measure their sex lives than to confront their demons and overcome their emotional scars with the people they become involved with.

Most of us have, at one point or another, disassociated our emotions and objectified someone (or entire groups of people) for whatever reasons. I will say, however, that there’s a lot of social pressure on men, particularly straight men, to ignore their emotions, particularly “weak” emotions such as a need for intimacy and love. It’s more socially acceptable for men to objectify their sex lives and boast about it. Whether you think that’s right or wrong or doesn’t matter, it is how it is.

CONFRONTING YOUR ISSUES AND WINNING

Disassociating from your emotional needs is the easy way out. It requires only external effort and some superficial beliefs. Working through your issues and resolving them requires far more blood, sweat and tears. Most people aren’t willing to dig deep and put in the effort, but it yields far greater and more permanent results.

1) The biggest misconception when it comes to working through an excess of emotional baggage is that these feelings ever completely go away. Studies indicate that fears, anxieties, traumas, etc. are imprinted on our brains in similar ways that our physical habits are.1 Just like you’ve developed a habit of brushing your teeth every time you wake up, you have emotional habits of getting sad or angry any time you feel abandoned or unwanted.

The way to change is not by removing these feelings or anxieties altogether, but rather consciously replacing them with higher order behaviors and feelings.

This can only be accomplished through taking action. There is no other way. You cannot rewire your responses in healthy ways and confront your insecurities if you aren’t out there actively pushing up against them. Trying to do so is like trying to learn how to shoot free throws left-handed without ever actually touching a basketball. It just doesn’t work.

If you have a habit of flipping out and leaving angry voicemails every time someone doesn’t call you back, you don’t get rid of the anger, but rather channel that anger into a better and healthier activity, like say, going to the gym, or painting a picture, or punching a punching bag.

2) Anxieties can be overcome through utilizing implementation intentions and progressive desensitization. For instance, if you get nervous in social situations and have a hard time meeting new people, take baby steps to start engaging in more social interactions. Practice saying hello to a few strangers until it becomes comfortable. Then maybe ask some random people how their day is going after you say hello. Then try to start some conversations with people throughout your day — at the gym, at the park, at work, or wherever. Then, challenge yourself to do these same things with people you find attractive.

The key is to do it incrementally. Setting the stakes too high, too early will just reinforce your anxiety when you fail to meet your lofty expectations. Again, baby steps.

I have entire online courses that deal with meeting and connecting with new people.

Obviously this takes time and requires consistently facing situations which make you uncomfortable, but that’s the idea. You must overlay old emotional habits of fear and anxiety with healthier ones like excitement and assertiveness. Mentally train yourself so that any time you feel anxiety, you force yourself to do it anyway.

3) The final step — once you’ve learned to channel your negative emotions in constructive ways, once you’ve eaten away at your anxieties and are able to often act despite them — is to come clean with people you date about your needs and start screening based on them.

For instance, I’ve always had a fear of commitment and needed a woman who was comfortable giving me space and some freedom. Not only do I openly share this with women I get involved with now, but I actively screen for women with these traits.

Ultimately, your emotional needs will only be fully met in a loving and conscious relationship with someone who you can trust and work together with – and not just your emotional issues, but hers as well. We unconsciously seek out romantic partners in order to fulfill our unfulfilled childhood needs, and to do so cannot be completely done alone.

Girl walking through a tunnel
Image credit: eflon

This is the reason that honesty and vulnerability are so powerful for creating high-quality interactions – the practice of being upfront about your desires and flaws will naturally screen for those who best suit you and connect with you.

This kind of authenticity changes the whole dynamic of dating. Instead of chasing and pursuing or wishing and hoping, you focus on consistently improving yourself and presenting that self to the beautiful strangers of the world. The right ones will pay attention and stay. And whether you spend a night or a year with them, this enhanced level of intimacy and mutual vulnerability will help heal your emotional wounds, help you become more confident and secure in your relationships and ultimately, overcome much of the pain and stress of that accompanies sex and intimacy.

AN INVITATION FOR CHANGE

I invite you to take some time and think about what your emotional hang ups are in this area of your life, where they probably come from, and how you could overcome them in an open and honest way.

As an example, I grew up in a broken family where all members isolated themselves and we seldom communicated our emotions. As a result, I became highly sensitive to confrontation and any negative emotions of others. I became the consummate Nice Guy and for years struggled to assert myself in my relationships and around women. In fact, I objectified my sex life quite a bit and adopted some narcissistic behaviors in order to push me through some of these insecurities.

My fear of commitment is undoubtedly rooted in my parents’ divorce, and my knee jerk reaction for years was to run away any time a woman attempted to get close to me. I slowly eroded that fear by opening myself up to intimate opportunities little by little over a long period of time. I was incapable of becoming intimate with a woman unless I had an escape route (i.e., she had a boyfriend, or I was going to move to another city soon, etc.).

Spending all of my adolescence living alone with my mother has made me particularly sensitive to female affection, and like a smoker rationalizing reasons to smoke one last cigarette, I have often rationalized myself into intimate and sexual situations with women who I perhaps should not have been with or didn’t actually like as much as I thought I did.

This is my emotional map — at least part of it. These are the hang ups and issues that I’ve battled and slowly beaten back with years of active effort. These are the realities that I express openly and seek out the proper women who can handle them.

What are yours?

 

The source: https://www.google.ru/amp/s/markmanson.net/its-complicated/amp

The Power of a Habit, or how to change life effectively…*by Charles Duhigg

Human consciousness, that wonderful ability to reflect, ponder and choose, is our greatest evolutionary achievement. But it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and fortunately we also have the ability to operate on automatic pilot, performing complex behaviors without any conscious thought at all. One way this happens is with lots of practice. Tasks that seem impossibly complex at first, like learning how to play the guitar, speak a foreign language or operate a new DVD player, become second nature after we perform those actions many times (well, maybe not the DVD player). “If practice did not make perfect,” William James said, “nor habit economize the expense of nervous and muscular energy, he” (we, that is) “would therefore be in a sorry plight.”

But of course there is a dark side to habits, namely that we acquire bad ones, like smoking or overeating. I imagine that most people — save, perhaps, for a friend of mine who said, in reaction to a news story about the dangers of hyper­tension, “I’ve given up all of my vices; please don’t take away my salt!” — would love to find an easy way of breaking a bad habit or two.

Charles Duhigg, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, has written an entertaining book to help us do just that, “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.” Duhigg has read hundreds of scientific papers and interviewed many of the scientists who wrote them, and relays interesting findings on habit formation and change from the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology and neuroscience. This is not a self-help book conveying one author’s homespun remedies, but a serious look at the science of habit formation and change.

Duhigg is optimistic about how we can put the science to use. “Once you understand that habits can change,” he concludes, “you have the freedom — and the responsibility — to remake them. Once you understand that habits can be rebuilt, the power becomes easier to grasp, and the only option left is to get to work.” He also suggests that by understanding the nature of habits we can influence group behavior, turning companies into profit makers and ensuring the success of social movements.

He makes his case by presenting fascinating stories and case histories. Readers will learn how and why Target can tell which of its female customers are pregnant, even before they have told their friends and family; how Rick Warren went from a depressed minister of a small congregation to the leader of one of the biggest megachurches in the world; why Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat started a movement when similar refusals by others had not; and why a 1987 fire in a London Underground station failed to be contained, leading to the deaths of 31 people.

Unfortunately, it’s not always clear from Duhigg’s book how we should boil down these examples into a prescription for change, because he combines markedly different behaviors, at the individual and societal levels, into the rubric of habits. In the first chapter he presents a simple scheme called “the habit loop,” whereby an environmental cue automatically leads to a behavioral routine that results in a reward. He sticks to this scheme throughout, using it as a framework to understand such diverse behaviors as why people buy a certain brand of toothpaste, become addicted to cigarettes and alcohol, and prefer particular songs on the radio. The danger of trying to explain so much with one framework is that it sidesteps crucial distinctions about why people behave “mindlessly,” distinctions we need to understand if we want to change those behaviors.

One way behavior can become habitual, as noted, is through repetition. If we acquire a bad habit this way it is very hard to change, because its grooves are so well worn in our minds. We have to painstakingly practice a better response that wears a new groove. Duhigg gives the example of the success of the former N.F.L. coach Tony Dungy, who, with lots and lots of practice, taught his players a small number of important moves they could perform without thinking, even at the most crucial point in a game. Bad habits are overcome by learning new routines and practicing them over and over again.

But then there are compulsions and addictions, behaviors that involve dependence on a chemical substance, like nicotine or alcohol, or behaviors that have become so rewarding that they’re nearly impossible to resist (e.g., gambling). As many wrecked families can attest, these habits are the hardest to change. Unfortunately there is no magic bullet, though intensive treatments and social support can work.

Other behaviors are habitual because they obey social norms — norms that we rarely question or think about. We shake hands when we greet people, wear socks of the same color and eat with a fork because these are the customs we have learned. Such behaviors are not well-worn grooves in our minds, but actions we could easily alter if the laws or customs that governed them should change.

In the not-so-distant past, for example, Americans habitually failed to wear their seat belts — in 1984, 86 percent failed to buckle up. By 2010 this “habit” had flipped, such that 85 percent of people now wore seat belts. This change did not involve learning a new routine, as happens when people spend hundreds of hours learning a musical instrument. After all, people already knew how to grab the belt and insert the buckle into the receptacle. Rather, it happened because of changing norms in our society (spurred on by legislation in some states). In fact, social psychologists have shown that an effective way of changing many habitual behaviors is to change people’s perceptions of the norms that govern them, resulting in reduced drinking on college campuses, for instance, and lowered energy use in the home.

There is another type of habitual behavior that involves more cognitive activity, namely people’s interpretation of a situation according to what it means for them and how it fits into the narratives they tell themselves. These behaviors are habitual in the sense that people have chronic ways of interpreting the world. A black college student’s “story,” for example, may be that she doesn’t belong at the ­majority-white university she attends, which causes her to fall into a pattern of disengagement and academic failure. Research shows that changing black students’ stories about their sense of belonging improves their academic performance and health throughout college.

The point is that habitual behaviors come in many different forms, and squeezing them into one framework misses some of the nuances of how to change behavior effectively. In recent years social psychologists have developed many effective interventions to help people improve their lives, only some of which involve breaking bad habits in the way Duhigg describes.

Nonetheless, “The Power of Habit” is an enjoyable book, and readers will find useful advice about how to change at least some of their bad habits — even if they want to keep their salt.

THE POWER OF HABIT

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

By Charles Duhigg

*http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/books/review/the-power-of-habit-by-charles-duhigg.html

Self-awareness in a daily life.

Why it is so important to be self-aware of the events in our daily lives?

Good question.

The first reason is self-awareness makes us present now. Presence teaches us to accept and love ourselves as we are, respect our thoughts and sense of dignity. E. g. last Sunday i have been in Saint-Petersbourg  city center, walking on the main avenue of Nevskiy prospekt watching children playing snowballs and some adults acting like children. Some people woke up quite late, having cup of coffee later on in a cozy cafe and smiling. Some of them were making photos with their beloved ones. But they all have one thing in common: they all looked happy at that time. And i suppose they did look so as they feel the need inside what they are willing to do exactly at that moment of time and did it. Enjoyness! 

Secondly self-awareness helps to track all the negative thoughts arisen in the current moment and find ways to correct them. As of our nature negative thoughts used to be in our head. But it depends totally upon our will to transform the way we are thinking! Every morning waking up we have the right to choose either negativity or positivity. Positivity brings us closer to the state of our inner child so we feel freedom of experiencing the authenticity of ours. We talk, act, feel the way we are. We are all unique.

Thirdly self-awareness causes us to feel the other person needs, feelings, fears and help him/her to live more satisfying life. As long as we can understand ourselves we can understand other people. So that we feel more connected and engaged into the social life. That feeling of belonging makes our lives really satisfying and bringing the true «taste» of living!

To sum up living consciously forces us to observe ourselves and surrounding people as we/they are and thus to change the reality we are experiencing on a daily basis. So we can become change agents and live truly satisfying and fulfilled lives. Listen to your heart, connect it with your mind and express it clearly to the world. Speak up for yourself!

 

 

How you listen???

Today I saw the phrase: «How you listen is how you live». And suddenly these words forced me to think over my life.

Am I listening the person properly I am speaking with? Am I truly hearing what has been said?

Cause it is all about understanding of feelings of another person. If I do understand the motives of someone’s behaviour then I will be less judgemental about it. But why it is so hard to listen? In case it would be easy we would be living in a peaceful society and wouldn’t face with any war on Earth in general and in our hearts in particular.

The reason some of us are still unable to listen is people are afraid of listening. Due to the fact that active listening requires own courage to cope with personal «evil» in heart and head.

I wish everybody to own that courage for a better more joyful and satisfied cooperative life.

And I would like to end this post by kinda a poem which I took from this website: http://www.daniellelaporte.com/poem-for-being-of-service/?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=How+you+listen+is+how+you+live

I am listening.
I know who I am.
And I am here to serve. 

Peace and Love, easy to find?

Well, personally for me it took a lot of time to finally starting to cultivate that unique sense of inner love and peace. Anybody might ask why? Cause for some people it is quite natural to feel love since early childhood. And that is how it should be. But nobody is ideal. So do I.

Since school years I was having the tendency to be perfect in whatever I did. And every time I chose one of two options: do the thing at my best or not doing anything mainly because of the fear. That fear of not being good enough was chasing me in my past life. I have spoken with many people across the world and found out the interesting thing — they also had same type of fear. So in any case we are not alone.

And after a while I was so devastated by that fear and so much angry, overwhelmed, that I have finally made a decision to stop punishing myself and start loving. Firstly the key to it was just let things go as they are and enjoy them as they are. Look at the children: they know how to simply be happy. Children are great teachers of all stressed adults.

Secondly meditation, self-awareness and self-acceptance work. One day I realised that I am the most important person in my life. And if I couldn’t feel happy and love from the inside then nobody would bring it to me. Cause happiness and love starts from within. And that has nothing to do with being egoistical.

That moment when you are able to accept yourself fully bearing in mind all your advantages and drawbacks only then you become independent and self-autonomous and ready for healthy relationship with the world.

Some explanation of what sharing economy truly means…

Sharing – it’s one of the first principles parents attempt to instil in their offspring’s moral compass. From toys in the kindergarten sandpit through to sweet treats in the playground, we’re all familiar with childhood moments of being resoundingly reminded that we ‘have to share’. And so it is that we’ve conventionally thought of sharing as a good, socially-robust thing. There couldn’t be anything intrinsically negative about the idea of sharing, could there? Well no, not until very recently – and then along came sharewashing.

these kind of online ventures have been criticized for not providing the protections and benefits of traditional employment

An understanding of what is meant by sharewashing crucially depends on being familiar with what is now referred to as the sharing economy. This is an economic system based on the idea that different people or organizations cooperate with one another to share the creation, distribution and consumption of goods and services. It sounds great, and indeed many of us now happily partake in it in its various manifestations, a classic example being the incredibly popular service Airbnb, which links accommodation seekers with room providers in locations all across the world. However, now all the fuss has died down, and the concept of using online platforms to collaboratively request and offer services is no longer as novel and exciting as it once seemed, the sharing economy is beginning to lose its rosy glow. Many have pointed out that it’s merely a business model, one of no more ethical virtue than any other, and even worse, that it uses the concept of sharing to disguise unregulated profiteering. Claims such as that, in reality, Airbnb is only a rental agency and Uber an unregulated taxi service, have spawned use of the term sharewashing by critics wanting to debunk the concept of the sharing economy. It’s argued that the expression is particularly apt in relation to enterprises like TaskRabbit, which matches odd job requests – cleaning, small repairs, gardening etc – with local labourers. Often labelled as the concierge economy, these kind of online ventures have been criticized for not providing the protections and benefits of traditional employment whilst hiding behind the mantle of ‘sharing (labour) resources’, and are therefore particular culprits of sharewashing.

Background – sharewashing

The expression sharewashing has been around for the past three years or so, a mash-up of sharing economy and verb whitewash in its sense of attempting to conceal the true facts about something. It likely takes inspiration from greenwashing, a term which first popped up in the early nineties to describe businesses purportedly acting in environmentally-conscious ways as a smokescreen to their real intentions. There’s therefore an obvious parallel here, the positive concepts of being ‘green’ and ‘sharing’ both used to make business activity seem more wholesome than it actually is.

The verb whitewash dates back to the late 16th century, the figurative sense first appearing about 100 years later. On the back of the coinage of greenwash, -wash now seems to be developing an independent existence as a suffix implying something like ‘cover-up’. A couple of other recent examples of its creative use are mathwash, which characterizes the idea of making something look like it has a rational, mathematical basis when in fact it doesn’t, and straightwash, which describes the practice of portraying gay characters in history or fiction as if they were heterosexual (i.e. straight).

*All materials have been taken from the website http://www.macmillandictionary.com/buzzword/entries/sharewashing.html

The moment of freedom

I would like to highlight the true importance of freedom in the everyday life. It means what style of behavior, smile, clothing you choose day by day depending on what your true feelings really are. For instance, if you feel an impulsion to do unusual, go to the unusual place, trust those feelings and DO, GO!

I have also known how hard is to understand your true inner voice, vision. In order to do this one must get separated from what keeps down, like parents’ advice, friends’ advice and follow your own path in any case. Just because you know that choice is yours and only you know what would be better for yourself!

It might be hard to rely only on yourself for the first time. But later you will see the results of creation of your own life and, even, you will make an acquaintance with same unusual and interesting people.

I like and usually read the life stories of famous women who are self-made women. There are lots of thing to learn from them. One of my favorite is Mariah Carey. And I am inserting below the link to one of my favorite song of her «Vision of love».