Newbie intro post

  • Newbie intro post

    Posted by Diana Koenraadt on November 7, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Hi all,

    I received this membership for my birthday. My fiancée bought it for me 🙂

    I have read The Master and his Emissary which was very enjoyable and enlightening and hugely influential in our relationship: “It’s not the what, it’s the how” has become an expression we use often to remind ourselves that the same action or word can have vastly different consequences depending on the context. Also it hits home on a rather personal front: the explanations of how right hemisphere deficits can express themselves in a person closely describe the behaviors and attitudes of some close relatives of mine. Those experiences in childhood have had a profound impact on my own development and wellbeing (not in a good way, alas). The book has helped me make more sense of it all. I haven’t read The Matter with Things yet, still saving up for that one.

    I used to love reading as a child, then lost that along the way during high school: I remember panicking that I had to learn to read faster to get through the texts in the pace the teacher prescribed, rather than taking my time to mull things over. I frantically learned to speed-read and the effects of that are with me to this day. In my twenties I hated reading (because all the reading I did was compulsory by then, and there’s no better way to ruin a hobby than to schedule it as a task) and the past ten years or so I’ve tried to rehabilitate myself. I’ve thankfully rediscovered some of that old joy. Of course, I can’t force myself to read something just because I used to like reading as a child, so I find that I mostly reread a lot of my old favorites and then occasionally try a new book. Often I don’t finish a new book, I found that I’ve become very picky about topic and writing style, and I am not a very attentive reader anymore so I forget a lot of what I read. Just as well that I enjoy rereading books.

    So I admit I do not read a lot of new books, rather I go over my old books again and again, but that’s also enjoyable, because then I reread old favorites in the context of the occasional new book. In this case the left-right hemisphere split.

    So, well, I figured I’d introduce myself with this first post. Hi all

    Kind regards,


    Lucy Fleetwood replied 1 year ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Euan Duncan

    November 7, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Welcome Diana. As an incredibly slow reader, I am currently still savouring every page of The Matter With Things. It’s helped me to shift my perspective on whatever this reality is, and to experience the world with fresh senses and a new understanding. Well worth a long and thoughtful read!

  • Lucy Fleetwood

    March 29, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Hi Diana, I have just joined this community, I wondered if you had found topics to join in with that have been useful for you?

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