School of Life Card Sets : Perspective, Western Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Emotional Barameter & Psychotherapy
Emotional Barometer: It can be remarkably hard to tell other people how we really feel; it may even be tricky for us to get clear about our own moods. Mostly, if people ask how we are, we'll just say, 'Fine' - knowing that we've provided only a sharp abbreviation of what is actually going on in our minds.This is a tool to help us overcome our vagueness: cards that offer definitions of twenty moods that we can all recognise but that can be hard to pin down and explain. Here are descriptions of - among many other things - the sense of feeling weepy, nostalgic, anxious, and dreamy. These cards help us reach a clearer understanding of our inner emotional weather. They can also be passed on to friends and colleagues (or simply displayed on our desk) so that the world can better know what's going on inside us, without our needing to explain too much.
Perspective: A set of 20 cards featuring fresh perspectives through which to look at life. Perspectives to restore calm and clarity. We are constantly at risk of losing perspective around the challenges we face. We mistake what is manageable for a catastrophe; we despair of ourselves too soon; we alienate others by over-reacting; we don’t notice and appreciate what there is still to be grateful for; we forget we’re going to die and that a lot of today’s headache will soon be forgotten. These cards provide eloquent invitations to recover a wiser, calmer, redemptive perspective on our lives. Each card identifies a fresh perspective we might take on problems – perspectives coloured by time, space, history, culture and travel among others – nudging us gently and compassionately towards a more liveable relationship with our difficulties.
Western Philosophy: This box draws together twenty of the greatest ideas found in Western philosophy, which span the history of thought from Socrates to Jean-Paul Sartre. Each is displayed on a beautiful illustrated card. We are reminded of the wit, humanity and deep relevance of a number of philosophers, including Nietzsche and Heidegger, Kant and Camus, Machiavelli and Kierkegaard. Essential thoughts about love, work, anxiety, self-knowledge and happiness are here rescued, highlighted and inspiringly presented in order that they can work their consoling effect where it is most needed: in our daily lives.
Eastern Philosophy: A card set featuring 20 of the greatest ideas from Eastern philosophy. Eastern philosophy has always had a very similar goal to Western philosophy: that of making us wiser, less agitated, more thoughtful and readier to appreciate our lives. However, the way it has gone about this has been intriguingly different. In the East, philosophy has taught its lessons via tea-drinking ceremonies, walks in bamboo forests, contemplations of rivers and ritualised flower arranging sessions. These cards take us on a journey around the key concepts of the great Eastern thinkers – Confucius, Lao Tzu and the Buddha – as well as the art and practices of many of their followers. We are invited to sample the distinctive wisdom of a continent and enrich our notions of what philosophy might really be.
Psychotherapy: 20 beautifully presented picture cards, across key concepts of Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is one of the most valuable inventions of the last hundred years. It has an exceptional power to raise our levels of emotional well-being, improve our relationships, redeem the atmosphere in our families and assist us in mining our professional potential. However, psychotherapy is also profoundly misunderstood. It is the subject of a host of unhelpful fantasies, hopes and suspicions. Its logic is rarely explained and its voice seldom heard with sufficient directness. This is a set of twenty beautiful cards, each containing a short essay on a key concept in psychotherapy, creating a pack that offers a perfect introduction to the subject. We will learn about the unconscious, the superego, the meaning of slips of the tongue, transference, and many other classic and essential ideas from the history of therapy.
The School of Life is a global organization dedicated to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. They apply psychology, philosophy, and culture to every day life by exploring life's big questions. They don't have all the answers, but will direct you towards a variety of useful ideas and inspirations that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish and console. Good thinking requires good tools.