The Hermien Show

4 02 2016



If I were a sitcom, it would be hysterical! Imagine a zealous Mother Superior, a pretentious artist, a wannabe guru, a mysterious mystic, the glamorous yet capricious Miss Piggy, and an assertive six-year old Mouse named Ieniemienie all living together in one house in the Big Apple.


This week I met up with the characters. Here’s the cast:

Mother Superior
is everything you expect from an abbess. Think Sound of Music and then make worse: super strict, extremely organized, highly efficient, goal-oriented, task-focused, and no fun. She was in charge, leading all the other characters as if they were nuns in her abbey Needless to say, everyone suffered. When Mother Superior is out of control, she is like a tyrant who expects everyone to be just as disciplined and austere as she is, which is basically impossible. All she really cares about is the well-being of the whole system and what she wants most is for the system to thrive.

The pretentious Artist
is kind of a drama queen, who is never satisfied with what he creates. And yet, he believes he is above all others, destined to make Art, capital A of course. To do that he needs freedom to explore and create, something he doesn’t get from Mother Superior, who believes he should get a job and do something useful with his life. All he really cares about it is inspiration, and what he wants most is to create a sublime piece of Art.

The wannabe Guru
is an autodidact with confidence issues who doesn’t know if he’s got enough credentials to tell other people what to do. All he wants is an audience of eager learners with whom he can share all the lessons he has learned himself in order to create a better world. He never is convinced his ideas will help others, and usually abandons his projects before he is well under way.

The mysterious Mystic
doesn’t care about outside validation. All she is interested is uncovering the truth, get to the heart of things. She needs the freedom to explore the inner-world, and only wants to understand the Meaning of Life, or God, or the Universe, and be it.

Ieniemienie and Miss Piggy
really are the same, with Ieniemienie wanting to play in the sandpit and catch frogs, and Miss Piggy being the adult version, wanting to play with one particular Frog. They both have a certain need for attention, most of all want to feel good, love flirting, one innocently and the other not so, and can throw a power tantrum when they do not get what they want.


No, I’m not schizophrenic, not more than most of you at least, but yes I do have voices in my head. We all have. I just decided I wanted to get to know them. So I befriended them and hung out with them, I found out what they love, what they want in life and what they need most. To fully function as a human being, I need to understand their personal dynamic, the function they hold within the group and the group dynamic, because as successful as this combination may be for a sitcom, for a successful life it can be a total disaster.

In order to make things work, I have assigned myself the role of leader. I have put up some new guidelines and function descriptions. For now, it will be great if Mother Superior can support the artist, the teacher and the mystic, help them organize the practical side of their life and motivate them to get the best out of themselves, without interfering with their creative expression, if Ieniemienie can help them access their inner-child and miss Piggy can help them access their own pizzazz. Later on, it would be great if the artist, the teacher and the mystic could work together on a project, and if Ieniemienie and Miss Piggy can not only respect Mother Superior and vice versa, but truly understand each other’s value. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One step at a time.

So here’s my question for you: what does your personal sitcom look like? Who’s your cast? What are the characters? What are their names? Where do they live? And how are they making each other’s lives miserable? Just listen for their voices. If you have trouble distinguishing, look into archetypes and see of there are types that resonate particularly with you, then just see if you can hear what they are saying as you go through a typical day, make notes, finetune, and most of all have fun! And then, when you have a cast, just see how they treat each other, what they say to each other. Don’t judge, just observe. Make notes. Until you can clearly see the characters and how they relate to each other. Find their strong points and their weak points, and imagine how they could work together more cooperatively. And then find ways to make that work. Break a leg!



15 responses to “The Hermien Show”

20 03 2016
Love is… | Hermien Vos (21:36:43) :

[...] smallest of ways we treat ourselves and others. The great parent image helps me do that to myself. (If you haven’t met my inner-cast yet, you might want to read The Hermien Show first.) Suppose I am making breakfast: Mother Superior thinks card board has enough flavor of its own, [...]

27 03 2019
Testerhiy (17:42:19) :

???????,??????????! .

27 03 2019
WILDKATmxi (19:05:07) :

???????,??????????! .

27 03 2019
Amazonnndjl (20:45:45) :

???????,??????????! .

28 03 2019
Bluetoothqev (06:36:37) :

???????,??????????! .

28 03 2019
Incipiofiz (08:30:13) :

???????,??????????! .

28 03 2019
Serieszkk (11:01:24) :

???????,??????????! .

29 03 2019
Weaponxjq (03:31:57) :

удалите,пожалуйста! .

29 03 2019
Keypadalol (04:45:35) :

???????,??????????! .

29 03 2019
Feederimf (06:26:40) :

???????,??????????! .

29 03 2019
Annotationslbl (07:34:11) :

???????,??????????! .

23 04 2019
Infraredqef (02:43:37) :

удалите,пожалуйста! .

18 06 2019
amieebern (13:42:44) :

My name is Amiee. And I am a professional Content writer with many years of experience in writing.

My interest is to solve problems related to writing. And I have been doing it for many years. I have been with several groups as a volunteer and have assisted in many ways.
My love for writing has no end. It is like the air we breathe, something I cherish with all my being. I am a full-time writer who started at an early age.
I’m happy that I`ve already sold several copies of my works in different countries like Canada and China and others too numerous to mention.
I also work in a company that provides assistance to many people from different parts of the world. Students always come to me because I work no matter how difficult their projects are. I help them to save money, because I feel happy when people come to me for writing help.

Ghost Writer – Amiee – Jenniferpalmerstudio Company

29 07 2019
jenniek (10:40:06) :

Hey guys, my name is Lynsey Velasquez!

I`m an academic writer and I`m going to change your lifes onсe and for all
Writing has been my passion since early years and now I can`t imagine my life without it.
Most of my poems were sold throughout Canada, USA, China and even India. Also I`m working with services that help people to save their nerves.
People ask me “Mr, Lynsey Velasquez, I need your professional help” and I always accept the request, `cause I know, that only I can solve all their problems!

Professional Academic Writer – Lynsey Velasquez – Anotherviewpublishing Band

9 08 2019
Batteryyjp (08:38:40) :

удалите,пожалуйста! .

Leave a comment

You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>