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Highengagement, ov er stimulated days and lifephases need balancing out and slowing down just like the body craves a se veneight hours sleep cycle daily to reboot. The mind and body crave this cyclical revival and we have learnt to heed this need condi tioned by the day and night ritual of Earth’s rotation. There is anoth er level to this switching off� that we don’t heed as easily — the need to switch off� from habits, recurring patterns, behaviour and ambition that outlive their tenure inside our heads. You would think that an am bition is never a barrier, yet one that has existed without you in ching closer to it in incremental ways; or when it no longer connect to your soul, has served its purpose in your growth.
There is no science to assess when an ambition becomes a lump in the throat. A cultivated practice of selfrefl�ection can help in the choice to either set it aside or scrap it forever. Selfobservation helps in noticing if you are frequently pull ing back and passing off� opportun ities that would ordinarily be at tractive in pursuit of your dream.
Yet all withdrawals are not the
same. Many of you write to me experiencing tugs of withdrawal for indescribable reasons and I will attempt to off�er some clues to recognise what it could be:
Revive and recentre This is the most productive and creative call for withdrawal. Many accounts suggest that great creative works emerged out of periods of selfimposed withdrawal from pu blic eye. For us, too, intermissions of pulling back are best to go in ward, refl�ect, reassess and realign with new ideas and desires for the future. Returning to active life is naturally characterised by energy and renewed purpose.
Physical burnout Withdrawal demanded by dire lack of physical rest and recovery, borne off� chaotic demands, long schedules, long work hours, lack of pause and reboot rituals and over stimulated lives. The only way out
is to enforce a complete pause and get away to rejuvenate. Saying ‘no’ is a vital part of revival from burnout.
Emotional withdrawal Emotions can make us hide and re clusive from social contact. Stress due to a breakup, looming dea dline, or psychological worry such as college admission or fi�nding a job can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce physiologi cal changes. A combination of reac tions to stress is the ‘fi�ghtorfl�ight’
response, which occurs as a survival mechanism, ena
bling you to react quickly to worsening sit
uations. Often, social withdra wal is a fl�ight
response to safe guard our wellbeing.
Depression At the outset, depression needs medical attention. It is a serious mood disorder that interferes with everyday activities. Losing the will for daily chores and attention to self, a persistent state of lethargy, sadness, emptiness, overwhelming hopelessness, inability to cope with simple tasks are some com mon signs to know it. The foremost action is to reach out to a therapist or certifi�ed counsellor without de lay and sign up for expert care.
Gloria Steinem off�ers a simple cue to diff�erentiate depression from the rest ‘When you’re de pressed, nothing has meaning, when you’re sad everything does’. And more than anything, heed your symptom, dear readers.
The writer is a life coach, blogger and
author who simplifi�es the patterns and
archetypes she encounters at work and
in life. email@example.com
Knowing your withdrawal Selfrefl�ection and selfobservation can help you fi�gure out your inner turmoil
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We are all familiar with the stan dard school debate. You get as signed to a side, for or against a topic, and you build your armou ry of facts and evidence to sup port your argument. You look at the other side with a view to de molishing their arguments, to
fi�nding better and stronger ways to break them. It is all about winning.
Generally, staged debates are performances put on to give the audience something to think about.
The two sides do the best they can to get the audience to buy their argument. The audience, for
its part, looks at it as a test of wits and eloquence. Who sounds bet ter? Who uses words more power fully? Who is more entertaining (or engaging)?
But what really is the point of a debate? Is it to win, or to under stand? Is it a competition or a route to achieving clarity about a topic? Ideally, a debate is meant to
explore a question fully, and the only reason we have two sides is to share the work of exploration, so that we can arrive at a position after considering these varied points of view. It is entirely possi ble that after you have listened to the two sides of a debate, you are still not entirely convinced about one or the other. This is usually
because there are always more than two sides, and, more impor tantly, the best position lies so mewhere between all the diff�e rent sides.
Multiple views The culture of school debates fol lows us through life, and we see echoes of it everywhere, from stu dent union elections to the shout outs in our parliament. Those who perform follow the playbook they have learned over the years: make your point loud and strong. Those who watch look for strength of performance, pitting one view against the other. Rarely is there an eff�ort to actually con sider the diff�erent points in the ar gument and think about them without linking them to a particu lar side. And this also seeps into our everyday conversations in the classroom and outside, some times mirroring the polarisation we see in the world at large.
So, how can we recover the true meaning and purpose of a de
bate — the kind that we engage in every day, with those around us? Chris Anderson, curator of the hugely popular TED, said in a re cent interview that one should ap proach any conversation with a healthy combination of scepti cism and openmindedness. Scep ticism on all fronts, about your own ideas, your own positions, as well as others’. And openmin dedness particularly toward the (manifestly) opposing views. So, even as you work through your own ideas, you are open to the no tion that there may be things or points of view you have not consi dered. As you listen to others, you balance a questioning attitude with the acceptance that there may be something in what they have to say. There is a mutual wil lingness to accept fl�aws in one’s reasoning and to explore diff�erent positions.
After all, debates — and conver sations — are supposed to help fi�nd solutions, or to arrive at grea ter clarity, or to fi�nd a path to moving forward. When they be come contests, they end up pro ducing winners and losers, with the biggest loss being the possibil ity of understanding.
The writer teaches at the University
of Hyderabad and edits Teacher Plus.
The culture of school debates follows us through life, and we see echoes of it everywhere, from student union elections to the shout- outs in our parliament.
What makes for an argument?
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