Overthought is a compelling examination of the lives of classical singers Isaiah Bell and Chris Mayell, discussing performance psychology, creativity, entrepreneurship, life balance, self-doubt and the ways we overcome challenges to attain artistic triumph.
This week Chris and Isaiah season Season Two's barrage of all-star guests with a brief return to the one-on-one format. And in classic Overthought fashion, we're going deep – deep into the neurotic mind.
Some egos are unassailable. They can trundle on, secure in their place in the world, in the face of hostile environments, personal inadequacies, or unfavourable public opinion. Those egos are not our egos. 'Oh, how refreshing,' I hear you say, 'An introspective exploration of self-esteem issues.' Well, perhaps this IS ground that's been traversed before, on occasion, but on those theoretical occasions Ayn Rand was left entirely out of it! In addition to rectifying that, this week's 'cast asks some tough questions: can one's sense of personal value ever detach itself from accomplishment? Is it possible to change your essential way of interacting with the world? Can we actually turn self-doubt into fuel instead of fretfulness?
YouTube - YouTube - Shampoo Prank, Pt. 7 In this YouTube prank, a fella keeps secretly adding shampoo to people's heads, as they rinse at a public beach shower. Watch the human condition, as people react to losing control. Posted with sincere apologies for the questionably objectifying thumbnail of the video. :(
Book - 'The Fountainhead', by Ayn Rand Literally a case of TL;DR. After one of Isaiah's friends read this book and said it "changed who they are as a person", he felt obliged to give it a go. Now, fifty pages in, he's gotten the gist of it. And he's not a fan. But he can see why his friend was moved. The protagonist - who takes "not giving a damn about others" to near-sociopathic levels - is such a stark constrast to the way we live our lives, often giving others the power to tell us who/what/how/why we are.