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Why Architects Should Start Being a Little More Selfish

The Scottish liberal economist and philosopher Adam Smith once argued: ?To feel much for others and little for ourselves, to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.? While we may have come some way since the 1700s, selfishness is still viewed by many as one of humanity?s ugliest traits.

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The Scottish liberal economist and philosopher Adam Smith once argued: ?To feel much for others and little for ourselves, to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.? While we may have come some way since the 1700s, selfishness is still viewed by many as one of humanity?s ugliest traits.Yet with the rise of mindfulness and the burgeoning self-help and life-coach industry, the view towards selfishness?more palatably referred to as "self-care"?is changing, which isn?t necessarily a bad thing.One of the main tenets of mindfulness teaches us that in being compassionate to others, we should also be compassionate to ourselves. The theory goes that it is much easier to be kind and loving to others if we are first kind and loving to ourselves.Acts of kindness to ourselves do not need to be grand gestures. They can be as simple as cooking a wholesome meal and taking the time to enjoy it, spending twenty minutes reading a novel, or allowing ourselves to get an early night, despite that looming deadline.However, most architects would probably admit they don?t adhere to this mantra in any shape or form. We work late nights, often unpaid. We produce hundreds of drawings to get to one final plan. We treat ourselves with no compassion while we pay our projects or, on occasion (but certainly not always), the client unwavering attention. Many of us know a colleague that cares more about brick details than their own mental stability. They come in early, leave late and don?t stop for lunch, all to ensure that a building?s inhabitants will truly never find the movement joints, no matter how hard they look.There is a strong argument to be made that the masochistic philosophy of the architect is born at University. A friend of mine who is currently undertaking her Master's degree recently told me how students were working until 5 am?in the first term?as nobody wanted to be the first to leave. She went on to explain that she felt like she was ?in a blender, trying to not to let my feet touch the blades at the bottom.? When I lecture at universities, the general feedback I hear from students is that they don?t believe they are good enough, and are far, far more critical about their own work than they ever would be about anybody else?s. Unkindness towards ourselves starts at this nascent stage of our careers.This lack of self-compassion permeates every aspect of our lives. We make ourselves miserable. We sleep badly?if at all. We don?t eat properly. We see less of our family and friends than we should. ...
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