Spirituality vs religion

The word ‘spirituality’ is often associated to religion, but the two in fact have more differences than similarities. Religions tend to be lists of dos and don’ts. If we follow the rules, we go to heaven; if we don’t, we burn in hell. Spirituality, on the other hand, is a never-ending quest that begins with the big philosophical questions: Who am I? What is the … Continue reading Spirituality vs religion

Fear of public speaking

A friend told me that fear of public speaking, aka glossophobia, was the most common human fear. He was trying to reassure me, as I’d been feeling nervous about a presentation I had to give at a coaching workshop. I was relieved and sceptical at the same time. So I looked it up and it was true: some research actually suggests that human beings fear public … Continue reading Fear of public speaking

Identity & self-identity

In psychology, identity is a set of qualities, beliefs, looks and expressions that make an individual or a social group. Self-identity is a set of beliefs we have about ourselves, such as racial and gender identity or academic and professional success. In short, it is the answer to the question: Who am I? Self-identity differs from self-esteem, which is our emotional evaluation of our own … Continue reading Identity & self-identity

On existential coaching

Coaching has become very popular in recent years, especially ‘executive’ coaching; which is unsurprising, in the corporate-oriented culture we live in. But there’s a wide range of options: from somatic to spiritual to relationship coaching – to name but a few. The one that resonates with me the most is existential coaching. Philosophy was one of my favourite subjects in school and existentialism my favourite … Continue reading On existential coaching