Tyranny of the Clock

Maria HillCulture And Sensitive People, Personal Development4 Comments

  People in an economic system based on production learn to live with the tyranny of the clock.  Although people have been tracking time since the early days of humans, our relationship with time has become different. Time used to be related to something going on in nature.  People measured the hours of sunshine, the seasons, and how long crops took to grow.  The day began when the sun came up and ended when it set. Our survival was directly related to what nature offered us and so our relationship to time was related to nature also. Since the Industrial Revolution, we have changed our relationship to time and nature. We treat nature as something we control.  It is understandable that we sought to control nature because we felt so out of control in relation in nature: weather was so unpredictable, the basic needs of people were not being met, and disease was rampant.  At the time, natural resources were so plentiful. So we created machines and production processes to harness natural resources to take care of our basic needs and kept on going.  Time became a factor in production costs and therefore directly affected profits. Time And Limits There were understandable reasons for the economic system that we have created.  Human society at the time of the Industrial Revolution was saddled with all sorts of limits that needed to be challenged. Some of these limits were based on belief systems. Some limits were geographical, others political. Even time felt limiting because we were limited by the amount that each person could accomplish which in turn limited our ability to meet our needs. Since the Industrial Revolution, the clock has been used as a tool for challenging limits through productivity measurements which evaluate how well we produce in a specific period … Read More

Time And Space

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health, Personal Development0 Comments


Creative Commons License Photo by Peter Alfred Hess photo credit: Peter Alfred Hess More and more I have been thinking about the relationship between time and space. They have a very direct relationship.  The more attention you pay to time the less attention you pay to space. They are two very different values. They are also two antithetical values. What Makes Time And Space Clash? Western cultures operate on the belief that speed increases productivity and is a way to challenge limits. Speed forces focus and resources to one objective. Speed is force. Time, or perhaps better speed which is fast time, creates an alternate reality. Speed increases intensity and forces us to compress our effort and attention into a small space of time. When we increase our intensity we are burning up our own resources – physical, mental and emotional. We are consuming ourselves. Speed consumes the space of our attention as well and in doing so removes other matters from our attention. Emergencies then become the highest claim for our attention. The easiest way to control the human agenda is through emergency. It controls the social space and attention space, and shoves simpler, often more important considerations to the side. Speed And Creativity Some people think that by going fast you can bypass the critical mind and negative programming and therefore makes you freer. Essentially, speed is being used to shut out parts of ourselves that are wounded or unhealthy to increase our productivity and creativity.  We are shutting out parts of ourselves through speed. There is validity to these methods; however, it seems unfortunate that we have to deny an important part of ourselves to be creative. Whenever we treat a part of ourselves as the “enemy” we lose an ally for our creativity. There is always a price … Read More

The Problem Of Time For Highly Sensitive People

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health, Personal Development, Stress0 Comments

Hurry up!  Hurry up! Do you ever feel that many people around you are too quick and too impatient? I know that I do. It’s a weird problem, because as slow as HSPs may seem to non-HSPs, non-HSPs seem superficial to HSPs. It can be a challenge to handle it. Why Time Is A Conflict For HSPs Non-HSPs tend to operate at a faster speed than HSPs. Non-HSPs are usually extroverted and have a more competitive orientation. If you are going to be a successful competitor, you need to be fast. HSPs have a holistic orientation. They take in everything and sort out the information they receive before making decisions and taking action. HSPs tend have an organic approach to life which creates different relating and problem solving approaches. Put an HSP and non-HSP in the room and it will be difficult for them to work together unless they create a way to do so. Their interests, values, and working approaches will be very different. How HSP Biology Creates A Time Challenge Highly sensitive people are born with nervous systems that soak up all sensory information around them.  HSPs are like sensory sponges. Because highly sensitive people are also holistic they need to process the information they take in before choosing how to direct their energy. Having a holistic orientation complicates things because you have to consider all of the factors that are relevant to any task at hand you do not have the excuse that you are not aware when you take in so much information you take in information that includes factors from the past, present and future. The reality is that highly sensitive people have a complex mental processing problem on their hands, that is not shared by non-HSPs. As valuable as HSPs are, non-HSPs may not … Read More

What Time Pressure Costs Us

Maria HillCreativity, Personal Development10 Comments

How do you feel about the time pressure of this impatient world we live in? Personally, I hate it, yet I often feel that slow is “wrong”. Slow means getting run off the road by someone faster. Slow means “missing the boat” because you can only miss it by being slow. The fast pace of our society has a life of its own. It feels like “reality” and when we drop out of the high speed movement of our economic culture it can seem like a form of death. But if you look at it another way, our fast paced system can feel like a form of death as well. It seems like a catch-22. What Time Pressure Costs Us When you have to work fast, in my experience you also have to focus. Focus is great, but under conditions of pressure, that focus becomes narrowed to whatever will enable us to create a quick result and move on to the next action or decision. Essentially the demand for speed forces us to be short-sighted. There is a paradox in this: being short-sighted and fast forces us to make a lot of changes, but it also forces us to seek solutions that are “accessible”, that in effect, keep us where we are, that are not really innovative or difficult. So the project that takes longer, the relationship that requires cultivation – these things often do not happen. What does happen is actions, decision, and people that fit our time constraints but not necessarily our needs. This is one of the reasons we feel we are in a rat race or running fast on a treadmill going nowhere. Time pressure forces us into choices that keep us stuck. The Bigger Loss Time pressure costs us more than we realize. While we … Read More

No Need To Rush: The Special Gift Of Slow

Maria HillCreativity, Personal Development, Stress9 Comments


I have always been expected to operate at lightening speed. And it has never worked for me. I need to process…and process…and process… I LOVE to process. It is my idea of a good time! What’s The Rush! I have never understood the need to rush. In my experience, the easiest way to have problems is to rush. However, from a very young age, I have noticed that people around me were aways in a rush for something. A rush to judgment, to get something, be somewhere or do something. I always felt “wrong” because it always seemed so silly to me. It also seemed to me that something terribly important was missing. Is Anybody Home? I felt alone in all of the rushing. Rushing felt so escapist, and I did not understand what everyone was trying to escape? I felt stupid for not really wanting to join in. Escaping was not compelling to me. It did not attract me and still doesn’t. All of the rushing and escaping feels sad. It feels like we are afraid to take a chance. It feels like we are here but no one is home. Speed Can Be Dangerous In school, we are rewarded for getting answers not for asking questions. So often we continue that pattern in our daily lives. Not to have an answer os a failing, a way of losing a competitive battle for survival, a risk we are afraid of. But answers are not necessarily simple and they can only evolve by engaging with a set of circumstances or conditions. It is through that process that answers come. When we fail to honor the process of engagement and deliberation we are plagued with the kind of ideological substitute for problem-solving that plagues our society right now. We have packaged … Read More

Digital Detox For Highly Sensitive People

Anastasia DedyukhinaStress3 Comments

So here I was again, crying on the floor of my tiny rented studio from an unbearable migraine and fatigue, weak and desperate after a day in the office. I seemed to have finally landed in a decent digital marketing role I’ve always wanted – a great brand, professional and ambitious colleagues, a decent salary – and yet I was at the edge of a severe depression. I was looking forward to getting to the office on Monday morning, but by the second half of Tuesday I was already feeling tired, and from Wednesday onwards would end up in tears every evening. I didn’t feel like talking to my colleagues, nor like going out anywhere. The weekend was just enough to recover. What’s wrong with me? The Beginning Of My Digital Detox Journey It wasn’t the first time this was happening. In my previous job, also in digital marketing, I resigned a couple of months after I started. I was feeling so unwell physically after an 8 hour daily in an open space office, where each person had at least two gigantic monitors that I could barely sleep. I could feel how my physical state was deteriorating because of the number of computers in the office. I left my job although I was risking losing my visa and being sent out of the country. A previous employer luckily allowed me to work part-time from home but the reduced salary did not pay enough. After a few months of recovery and occasional consulting work, I ended up in the job that I thought I’ve always wanted. I became a digital marketing manager of an exciting startup, launching the product in a new big market from the scratch. However, the job turned out to be not exactly what I thought. I spent most of my … Read More