Thursday, 5 March 2015

Where to find your meaning

Beverley: Well, there are studies that suggest that many who go into the performing arts suffer from an external locus of identity.

Penny: Yeah, I don’t know what that means.

Beverley: Well, it means you value yourself only as others value you, which is often the result of unmet childhood emotional needs.

From: The Big Bang Theory - Series 2 Episode 15 (The Maternal Capacitance)
On the whiteboard in our office, my colleague and I used to have a version this piece of dialogue on our whiteboard. We put it up to see if (a) any of the students who came to visit would read it and ask what it meant and (b) to see if one of those students (a part-time pole-dancer who was very much concerned about her appearance) would notice that we wrote it up thinking of her. (Nobody seemed to read it - certainly nobody asked about it; the part-time pole-dancer was one of them.)