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Personal Development by Means of Opera: Rigoletto
“Operating” is my word for the active use of opera, in this case Verdi’s Rigoletto, to achieve enhanced psychological integration and personal development. Rigoletto’s own stunted emotional development is finally cracked open by the compassionate mediating action of his daughter Gilda, a symbolic figure of great power. We can identify with and benefit from this mythical story-line.You’ve Got to Take a Leap to Explore Your Full Potential
To often we have big dreams and lofty goals yet out of fear we never take the action required to achieve these goals or bring that dream to reality. We fear failure, ridicule, or being different from the crowd. All to often we are captives of our contentedness, simply meandering our way through life. This is a shame because we are capable of so much more. The biggest shame in life is going to the grave without testing the limits of your potential.Is It Possible to Feel TOO Responsible?
Personal responsible is key in setting and going for our goals. Is it possible to feel TOO responsible though? And what impact might that have on you and your life?What Motivates You? Here Are Some Questions to Get You Started
Let’s say you set a goal. At the time, it’s very important to you and you firmly believe that this time, you will do what it takes to make it a reality. How can you stay motivated when obstacles and challenges arise?Make 2014 a Year of No Excuses
Excuses can be sneaky. Sometimes, even when you’re in the process of using one, you know it’s just an excuse. Sometimes, though, you deeply believe them and let them run the show. How can you change this?Did You Think You Didn’t Have a Choice?
Sometimes we try to explain away mistakes or bad decisions by saying we didn’t have a choice. Is that really true? What if you see where you could choose differently?Do the Experts Know Best?
Sometimes it seems like the experts have all the answers, but do they really always know best? Not necessarily!Stop Worrying About What Others Think of You at Work
How much time do you spend at work worrying about what your superiors might think of you? Many employees spend countless hours per day worrying about whether or not the boss will like them and even whether or not they will be fired. This fear is partly driven by an ever changing economy and regular news of company closures and downsizing. However, the major driver of this fear is internal insecurity as a result of personalising work. One of the most common human fears is failure and at work failure can be grounds for dismissal. Whilst this fear can be valid, it is a fear that is usually irrational as most people are working at a high standard – consistent with their high work ethic. The nature of working for someone else leaves one exposed to external circumstances, so it’s important to recognise that all you can do is try your best at work and ensure you treat it like a business, rather than your friend.Puccini’s ‘Madam Butterfly’ As a Vehicle for Personal Integration and Development
Puccini’s music, with its often tragic and sometimes even cosmic character, transforms this exotic verismo drama into a subjective experience of great power. Through the sweep and depth of the music, we as audience are able to set our instincts and intuitions free for a time, much as in a word-association game, and sense the archetypal symbolism which is present behind the objective realities of the rather sordid story.Using Operas for Personal Development
Operas can be studied, like dreams, to uncover the Jungian archetypal implications of the characters and their relationships and situations for an identifying audience member, opera director, singer or student. The goal is nothing less than the integrative development of the personality.The Importance of Supportive Relationships.
Are you aware that a study done during the 1920s showed that two types of relationships are vital to our well being? One was the happy childhood relationship (and since few people have control over this, the study did not do a lot of subsequent research), and the other was supportive relationships.What Are the Main Components For Personal Growth
Most people who think about the mind body connection and who aim to lead a vital and healthy life become a bit weary of the millions of “self help” theories in the world. While many of them are accurate in saying that we all have the power to change ourselves, and also accurate in the methods that they provide, few explain exactly why the human mind needs to experience personal growth.