Peter’s blog

Caring what other people think vs profession

“The thing about expressing an opinion is that other people might disagree with you. But no-one can disagree with an emotion.” Howard Hodgkin, artist (from memory of a biographical documentary, as I cannot find the exact quote anywhere …)

Attribution Error

Fundamental Attribution Error is “the tendency to believe that what people do reflects who they are”, (Wikipedia) that is, to overestimate the role of personality in what they do and underestimate the importance of the situation or context. i.e. if you bump into someone, it is an understandable mistake, if someone else bumps into you,Continue reading “Attribution Error”

Nearly done

I watched the film ‘Garnet’s Gold’ last night. It’s a beautifully shot, gentle and touching portrayal of a man called Garnet Frost. 20 years before, he had got himself lost in the Scottish wilderness where he’d resigned himself to dying. By chance, he’d been saved by a fisherman but had since been haunted by aContinue reading “Nearly done”

Don’t just do it

Do not ‘Just Do It’. Sit down and think about it. Weigh up the pros and cons, and think through the possible risks. Maybe jot these down on a piece of paper. Sleep on it. Then, if it still looks promising in the morning, run a trial, ensuring the conditions are as close to realContinue reading “Don’t just do it”

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About Peter’s Blog

Being quite reserved, I have always been interested in those people at the other end of the spectrum – the ones with an unswerving self-belief, sometimes apparently quite out of proportion to their abilities. I wanted to be like them – their lives seemed so much easier by comparison. Now, having thought about it, I’m not so sure I do. I think they have also got it wrong, just in the equal and opposite way. And it’s actually about finding some sort of balance.

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