Claartje Van Sijl is doing what many people think is impossible — getting paid as a self-employed PhD. She does this by using Socratic questioning to help her clients — mostly early and mid career academics — answer questions of purpose, direction, balance and confidence in life and career.
One such technique is rational emotive therapy. Based on the Stoic philosophy of Seneca, this is a mindset technique that many psychologists use but have no clue about its origins. Basically, if you see something as being either good or bad, an emotional reaction will follow. If you change your thoughts you will change your emotional reaction.
We get into all sorts of practical discussions here. How do you transition from academia to a career? How can philosophy be used in the real world? How do you convince clients that your academic knowledge is useful enough to them to pay for it? What are books and resources to help you get started?
Resources mentioned in this episode