Daniel Goleman, Vital Lies, Simple Truths, 1985
I have been reading some older psychological texts lately, and I happened across the following sentence that sums up much of the insecurity I currently feel about my reading, study, and socialization. I feel I may be losing contact with society, because I am not being countered or made the question my thinking and analysis of the intellectual material I am acquiring. While I generally trust my intuition for intellectual guidance, I would like a mentor or partner with whom to discuss my ideas to make sure they’re cogent, reasonable, interesting, and worth sharing. I need a trusted sounding board to generate new ideas and refine my current thought process.
I quite like my ability to take in and generate ideas in personal solitude, but I recognize the need for social balance if my thoughts are ever to be made relatable and practical.