Monday Musings

By January 7, 2019 Mondays One Comment

Happy New Year!

  • I spent much of Xmas reading Terrance Real’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” – a book about male depression. I heard about it while listening to Tim Ferriss’s podcast interview with Dr Andrew Weil, who really only mentioned the book in passing; but in the passing he talked about some of the manifestations of what Dr Weil calls covert depression with which I identified.
  • Having now read most of the book, I can still see patterns of behaviour that I recognise and see, to a greater or lesser extent, within myself. The book primarily deals with the distinction between overt depression – which can be clearly seen, diagnosed and treated, and covert depression – which as the name suggests is hidden, usually not diagnosed, and as a result left untreated. The book is very insightful and has certainly helped me to better understand some of the ways in which wounded boys become covertly depressed men. I think there’s probably a depression continuum ranging from not depressed, through covertly depressed and stretching all the way to overtly depressed. One of the things that Dr Real makes clear is that the way in which manhood or masculinity is taught to boys most often damages them in the process – leaving them further along the depression spectrum than any of us would like. I’m thankful not to be too far along myself, but certainly recognise [better] some of the symptoms – and would recommend the book to any men out there who feel they might benefit from further understanding the subject of male depression.
  • While poking around Tim’s blog, I noted that he published some advice on carrying out a review of the year, here. Personally, I didn’t find it that useful of an approach. But it may be of benefit to some. Instead, I’m going to give the CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) approach mentioned here a try, with a view towards creating a kind of diary that I also plan on publishing as a blogpost on a regular basis, depending on how things pan out.
  • I thought this Netflix guest homepage performance case study was both interesting and illuminating; particularly the use of the lighthouse trace plugin to gauge user experience improvements, since I wasn’t familiar with the tool.
  • Finally, I loved this article on framing design problem statements. It’s a fairly substantial read, but worth the effort; certainly from my perspective at least, since as I head into another year of product management (my second!), getting to grips with with customer problems will be top of my list of resolutions. It also ties in quite nicely with CBT journalling, since this also provides a toolkit for framing and thinking through problems.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to reach out via a comment or on the socials if anything resonates.

Cheers,
Simon

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