Welcome to the How to Survive and Thrive in an Impossible World reader's page. The plan is to provide a growing stream of interesting and relevant articles. ideas, links and suggestions for people who want to dig deeper around the themes of the book. I have other ideas in the pipeline too, so expect the unexpected ! A weekly podcast is on the way too!
Michael Apter's Theory of Motivation
As I have mentioned Michael Apter is one of the most interesting psychologists of his generation, His approach to personality and motivation is liberating and powerful. I have known him for a long time yet I am always astounded by the breadth of his interest. His work is one of the key theories in the psychology of sports performance, in exploring why people take risks and do dangerous things, in understanding why we laugh, and the psychology of religion.
If you would like to find out more about Mike's work, probably his most accessible book is Zigzag which is available on Amazon.
Robert Twigger - 'Last of The Victorian Adventurers'
Twigger is a man of obsessions and explorations. I think I was once wrote our minds work quite alike but his has the safety catch off! He has crossed Canada in an Birch bark canoe, looked for Zombies in Haiti (and found them), chased after the world's longest snake and spent a year with the Tokyo police leaning Akaido. More recently he has, like me, been really interested in the idea of polymathy and has come up with the brilliant idea of MicroMastery. His books are on Amazon and he has a wonderfully idiosyncratic blog.
Click here for Robert's books
And here for Robert's Blog