Catherine McMahon

Dublin, Ireland

About Catherine

Bio

Degress in Audiovisual Communications.
MPhil in Interactive Media
BA in Philosophy and Theology.

Languages

English, Spanish

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Catherine McMahon
Posted 6 months ago
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
Hello Alejandro - I agree with you - in part - but although children raised in the same family are different so are their personal responses to events. Human beings are endowed with freedom. They are able to choose to decide not to decide. My brother may decide one thing and I may decide another but that's not simply and only my DNA, that is also my intellect, will and emotions. Otherwise there would be no right or wrong, no accountability for our actions, no personal responsibility; it would simply boil down to your biological makeup. And that would mean there would be no need for any court of justice, no need for psychologists to help people to rectify or improve, no need for education. What do you think?
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Catherine McMahon
Posted 12 months ago
There is a new kind of social networking culture. People are constantly taking photos and posting them online. WHY?
I think there is a mix of reasons why this has taken off.. I can name a few: - culture of the celebrity (so I want to be a celebrity too, i.e. selfies); - general acceptance of blatantly open talk-shows (so that's why I think it's acceptable to share my feelings to thousands of "friends"); - surge in reality TV (so I'm happy to share my privacy to the world); - breakdown of the traditional family unit through divorce, immigration, globalisation (so I want to share with my family even though they're 5 million miles away). There are other reasons I guess - deeper reasons but I won't go on and bore the nations! P.S I outline these characteristics thinking principally of teenagers although it is true some 20 or 30 somethings can be still "teenagers" in this regard.
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Catherine McMahon
Posted 12 months ago
What is the most precious thing in your life and why?
Wow! That's an incredible level of puritanical theory (I won't say "living" incase it impinges somewhat on what you're trying to get at). Can I ask (if "I" can actually "be" "I") if everything is outside of living and the "I" doesn't live than ""Who are you?" You know the basics of fundamental questioning: "Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I heading?" Does that actually happen for you or are you happy simply to "be" (if you're not being).. I mean what are you then? A spirit? A blip? Not even a "A" but ... nothing! @Manish.. Happy if you intervene, contribute... enlighten! P.S. The reason maybe I don't have a profile pic of myself is precisely so that "I" don't enter into the equation! (Trying to throw in a bit of sense of humour into all this!)
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Catherine McMahon
Posted 12 months ago
What is the most precious thing in your life and why?
In a sense there could be a religious understanding to this sense of separation from living in order to live (abandonment, detachment, etc.). Sometimes living too close to reality, too close to the tangible so to speak can inhibit flow, rhythm, harmony in living... but yet I think you cannot separate yourself from living/life. You are life. You are living. It's how you live can encourage flow or inhibit it.
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Catherine McMahon
Posted about 1 year ago
What are the difficulties of being an extrovert?
Pros of the extrovert: ability to communicate, engage, generally quick to act, to judge and as a result the flip side is: quick to judge can mean quick to make misjudgements, impulsive, over-powering, over-bearing, not a good listener. So you see Austin (and I say this as an extrovert), there are A LOT of advantages to the introvert.. believe me!