Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

We Know That We Know

Thousands of years ago we developed consciousness: the ability to think about reality. Ever since we’ve been able to guide our lives by our minds, not just our instincts

Thinking is both a blessing and a curse.

On the one hand it is the reason for our success as a species.

The mind empowered us to create language: a system of signposts that represent the real world. That organisation of symbols made it possible for us to measure and, thus, understand existence one bit at a time. And through science we’ve solidified our position as earth’s most dominant lifeform.

On the other hand consciousness is an enormous pain in the neck.

Once we arrange our lives in accordance with the predictions of the mind, we wonder if we’ve thought enough. With so much to consider, how do you know if you’ve come to the right conclusion? The harder you think about it, the more you begin to realise that you can never be certain. So we become anxious and do nothing.

How do you get around this?

By not relying exclusively on the mind.

Instinct has kept countless animal species alive for over a million years. Have faith that it can help you too.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach