It is a goal of mine to write about things that have influenced my life, and to do so in a way that is personal. It is one of the many ways I am trying to find others with similar ideas out there, hiding in plain sight, wanting to connect.
I have spent a long time in the world of a researcher and never really felt like I belonged there. In academia it is very easy to isolate yourself in your research - pretend like the rest of the world doesn't exist. Something I did to myself for many years. The following is about how counselling helped me out of my isolationist philosophy. I wrote this article for the Thesis Whisperer
Today I submitted my PhD thesis. To mark it, I would like to share my acknowledgements section. From reading several theses, I got the feeling that this section tends to be an afterthought in most authors minds. Which is understandable. The process of writing one is brutal. Possibly the mental equivalent of the many who take on expeditions up mountains or across oceans each year. Since the acknowledgements are usually written at the end and are one of the few sections which aren't examined, the individual simply wants to finish. To me though, the acknowledgements were the most important part. It is the only section I am allowed to express how the process made me feel, and perhaps more importantly the influence others had on me...