Hidden Fragments, Hidden Wholes

The fragments of the self want to become whole, this is the tension driving the psyche. (email me at prayas@introspective.in if you want to request honorary enrollment because you have special interest in the subject)
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Schedule of course: 20th July to 31st August, 2021
Discussion 1: 20th July 7:00 PM IST
Discussion 2: 26th July 7:30 PM IST
Discussion 3: 3rd August 7:30 PM IST
Discussion 4: 10th August 7:30 PM IST
Discussion 5: 17th August 7:30 PM IST
Overall Discussion: 31st August 7:30 PM IST

As people, we are not composed of wholes. We are composed of fragments which align to create wholes occasionally. This alignment is serendipitous and cannot be willed consciously. Some people have all the fragments, but still are not whole. This ability of our mind to perceive completeness and incompleteness is explained by principles known as Principles of Gestalt. They are applicable to our mind as well as designed entities — so far they have been explored only in terms of their application to graphic design and information design. In this course we will understand the application of these principles as applied in the context of our mind or our self.

When we apply these principles to our mind, a few scenarios become evident and important.

1) Every experience creates an impression on us. This impression is in the form of fragments of threads in our mind. Whether we want to allow this thread to develop or we want to abort it — that is our choice. And we can exercise this choice when we are aware of this fragmentary thread having spawned in our mind in the first place. If we are not aware of this phenomenon happening then sooner or later we will observe that these threads have developed into positive or negative tendencies. If these tendencies do not sit well with our overall conscious objectives then we will have to figure how to free our mind from them. Pre-emptive awareness and action is easier than after-the-fact psychotherapy (performed either autonomously or with the help of an expert).

2) Fragments in the mind are interesting for one more reason — the less fragmented our mind, the more completely we can know ourselves. Now, it comes to the question of adventure. If we do not know what lurks inside us, we honestly cannot predict what the outcome of a particular experience will be. The mark of a seasoned individual is to be aware of his or her weaknesses as well as strengths. This will allow the individual to confidently deal with situations — knowing what the good and bad outcomes might be and what to do to avoid any outcome.

3) One of the applications of this kind of thought is marketing communication. Whom do we talk to? What do we assume and what do we know about whom we address? Why are customer personas so monolithic and flat? Can they be made more complex and more real — more evocative? In real life most people are confused and they try their best to mask it. In reality, this fundamental confusion need not be masked. We should be okay seeming fragmented and incomplete — in pursuit. Rather than faking a coherence.

Facilitated by Prayas Abhinav (other guest faculty like Malavika Rajnarayan will be joining our discussions on some days). 

Portrait of Prayas Abhinav

Prayas Abhinav is a writer, teacher and entrepreneur. He has worked in the last few years on numerous pieces of speculative fiction, software, games, interactive installations, public interventions and curatorial projects.
He has written extensively on poetic thought as a form of lingual communication. He contributed to research and projects at northeastwestsouth (n.e.w.s) (Amsterdam, NL). He has conducted workshops at CEPT University (Ahmedabad), Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL), MICA (Ahmedabad) and National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad & Bangalore). In the past he led the Centre for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. Across the last year and a half he drove the development of a volunteerism project at Ahmedabad University.
He has developed his research and practice with the support of fellowships by Sarai, Openspace, CEMA and TED. He has been in residencies at Khoj (India), Coded Cultures (Austria) and dis-locate (Japan). He has shared his work at festivals including Transmediale, 48c, Futuresonic, ISEA and Wintercamp.
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What Will I Learn?

  • Understanding the range of modulation that your personality allows
  • Knowing how to project different layers of your personality in different scenarios
  • Applying your personality to creative works of different kinds, especially story writing
  • Empathising with colleagues and friends of different kinds
  • Accepting and contextualising behavioural anomalies and learning to avoid disruptions
  • Learning how to narrativise your story and support the understanding of your practice
  • Create more impactful content

Topics for this course


Week one – Mapping your mind?

What is the relation between your self-report and a survey of your reputation? How do you know yourself with some level of confidence?
Assignment one

Week two – Stating your desires and clarifying your drives: what do you want??

How will you articulate your wants? In your articulation how will you distinguish your desires from your wants?

Week three – How does our personality effect our practice? How do we choose what to show/hide??

What would you be if were under no constraints or compulsions and had all the freedom possible? Who would you want to be if you had no obligations or roles to perform?

Week four – Self-representation: on narrating one’s experience oneself?

How do others know you? Are you consistent or ever-changing? What do you look for to decide who to be in a given situation?

Week five – Joining the dots?

If you connect your fragments, who would you be? What causes a personality to fragment?

Course Details

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Categories: Psychology
  • Total Hour: 25h
  • Total Enrolled: 22
  • Last Update: September 24, 2021

Material Includes

  • 5 assignments
  • 6 discussions
  • 15 readings
  • 1 email group for discussing details


  • Open mind
  • Discursive attitude
  • Urge to speculate and be transmissive/receptive

Target Audience

  • Recent graduates
  • Mid-career professionals
  • Professionals from Art/Deign/Humanities/Media/Sciences and other related fields

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