The Meaningful Life with Andrew G. Marshall

Christina Patterson: Getting Out of Your Own Way: Are You Unknowingly Self-Sabotaging?

June 6, 2022

Christina Patterson found herself in the heartbreaking position of being the last one left in a loving and beloved family. She took on the task of writing the story of her family and her place in it.

In the process, Christina explored the ways in which our personal history can cause us to “get in our way”, self-sabotaging as we work through the suffering experienced both by ourselves and others in the family.

Christina and Andrew also discuss:

  • Living with mental illness
  • Finding and losing religion 
  • Loss and grief
  • The healing effects of writing

Christina Patterson lives and works in London as a broadcaster and coach, as well as being the author of two memoirs, Outside, the Sky is Blue and The Art of Not Falling Apart.


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