Investigative Selfism

Investigative Selfism

Like investigative journalism but looking inwards.

Investigative Selfism is my project on mindfulness, mental health, and personal development.

Why these two projects – The Exploding Head and Investigative Selfism?

Political science holds good answers to important questions.

  • How does change happen?
  • What systems and policies can result in more equal, peaceful, and inclusive societies?
  • How do we get there?

I find it absolutely fascinating. That’s what I’ve studied and what I’m currently working with.

Yet if we look at the individual level – the smallest unit of analysis – suddenly, it requires very different tools.

In anything, we definitely need to expand our tool base here: political science alone is not enough.

This is why we need mindfulness.

  • Compassion.
  • Empathy.
  • Befriending ourselves so we can befriend others.
  • Acknowledging our insecurities instead of trying to exert power over others.
  • Sitting with our pain instead of getting mobilised against those “others”.
  • Healing our traumas instead of passing them on.

And that’s why we need storytelling:

To use its power to talk about – and to remind ourselves of – our shared humanity.

Through my professional experience, in my studies and less academic pursuit of interests, I have been combining these three areas for some time now.

Interestingly, they are tightly connected: without one set of understanding there wouldn’t be the other one.

I have kept them separate not to confuse my audiences too much, yet you can surely follow both of them!

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