Contented recommends… “No Bad Parts” in sight

Welcome to our new monthly edition of Contented Recommends; because when we’re not creating it, we’re devouring it. Good content makes us think, laugh, cry and, most importantly, share. Here’s what’s on our desks, in our podcast queues and top of our ‘following’ lists for April…

In books

Contented’s founder Harriette shared this on our team’s WhatsApp group last week.

From “No Bad Parts”, The notion of caring for the benefit of the collective struck a chord amongst the team here.Challenging our belief that we have, or should have, a single identity, the book’s writer, Richard Schwartz, says: “All of us are born with many sub-minds—or parts,” says Dr. Schwartz. “These parts are not imaginary or symbolic. They are individuals who exist as an internal family within us—and the key to health and happiness is to honor, understand, and love every part.”

In podcasts

“Where should we begin?” is a groundbreaking podcast in which we quite literally step into the office of psychotherapist Esther Perel, as she guides her clients through relationship counselling. Hearing real-life relationships unpacked in this way is raw, sometimes surprising and certainly sparks moments of self-reflection. Our favourite part? The interludes where Perel steps in to give her take on her clients’ stories, and even opens up about how she questions herself and her approach in-session.

In socials

It’s got to be comedian Tatty McLeod – raised in France by British parents, her astute commentary on where the two cultures collide – and clash – is hilarious. From her realisation that the word for “people pleaser” simply doesn’t exist in the French language or psyche, to a British friend’s surprise at regular midday apéritifs on Sundays – she does a grand job of showing how cultural norms affect the words that exist (or don’t) in our languages. Super funny, it’s a page that reminds us that every country and culture possesses their own, sometimes strange, quirks and characteristics.

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