When I think of Robin Williams, I don’t think of a funny man, I think of a deeply sensitive man. His emotional depth and differentiation was evolved far beyond his piers. He did have me in stitches with his role as Genie in Aladin and his DJ-ing in Good morning, Vietnam, because he was a surprising, witty, ironic comedian. Watching a one-man show where he commanded the stage with his humour left me offended, with a bitter taste in my mouth, because he could also be cruel and harsh.WHY? Is that the way he experienced the world? I believe so.

I have seen many clients with similar dispositions, who experience the world in so much detail, that it is almost overwhelming. They can find a song touching their inner being and you can see them become elated when finding a lost puzzle piece. If ignorance is bliss, then being exposed to and affected by all the world has to offer could often lead to misery. And, in my opinion, it can turn the world into an extraordinary and amazing, but also cruel and harsh place. Often people experiencing the world in this manner seek ways to dull it, i.e. secluding themselves in their homes, numbing themselves with drugs and alcohol or ultimately taking their own lives*.

So, is this then a catch 22 situation? Is life either boring and monotonous or overexposed and unfathomable?

No! It is not. There are many individuals who have mastered the art of  allowing life’s excess energy to flow through them. Creating the most beautiful paintings, poetry, music, relationships, buildings, movies, apps, homes, moments, magic. Translating the world into tangible artefacts for all to appreciate. Balancing the tones, redirecting the flow and untangling some lines and creating a less monotonous world for the rest of humankind.

If you lean towards the boring side, support those translating the world for you. If you tend to be more exposed, start translating.

We’re ready to listen, watch and be touched.

*Suicide is often committed by individuals suffering from a mental disorder such as depression or anxiety, it is exacerbated by the use of alcohol and drugs and it is most common in males over 60. Please complete a suicide risk assessment and consult with a professional or talk to a responsible adult.

Suzette Weideman

Suzette is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice at the InPsyght Therapy Centre in Monument, Krugersdorp.