Transforming How You Think

The ‘Assumptive Dive’ Workout

What we think is important.

Even more important is how we think.

And although how we think governs conduct in all realms of life – from everyday behaviour to making judgments and expressing opinions – people are often blind to the silent shapers within their thinking. These shapers are the deep-down senses of ‘how the world works’ and make up the fundamental assumptions of a person’s thinking across all personal experiences.

This ‘blind spot’ hampers a person’s ability to operate effectively in a complex world that demands continuing development of how we think throughout adulthood. ‘Development’ requires releasing ourselves from the current limits imposed on us by our ‘silent shapers’ as, in effect, they have us thinking through others rather than doing our thinking for ourselves.

The difficulty of escaping old, deeply lodged ways of knowing is that it usually requires undertaking a conscious effort to discover what ‘silent shapers’ we are working with and how they hold us.

The purpose of the ‘Assumptive Dive’ is to provide a catalyst for exploring our implicit, hidden assumptions about ‘how the world works’ through readings, dialogues, and reflections for development. This is not about acquiring new skills or information. It is a Developmental Workout where you can engage in your own personal development and growth in a supported environment.

The Workout will be conducted online over four months, in seven one-and-a-half hour sessions at fortnightly intervals, beginning on October 19, 2020.

This highly engaging experience draws on current understandings to transform how we think about our sources of beliefs about key matters in human affairs.

‘The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones’

John Maynard Keynes


The ‘Assumptive Dive’ is aimed at people from all walks of life who are willing and open to transforming their ways of thinking, wish to become more aware of the sources of their judgements, and be more confident about publicly expressing their decisions and opinions.

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but what direction we are moving”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Explore how to uncover the sources of your beliefs about social processes relating to key aspects of your personal, professional, and public lives, including in business, politics, and society.

Become aware of how hidden assumptions operate across all your life and how you use them to make meaning of your experiences.

Improve how you think to better meet the demands of the increasingly complex world in which you live and work.

Clarify your preferred ‘Assumptions Set’ so that you can become more aware of and alert to what shapes your thinking.

Alumni Experience Testimonials

The Assumptive Dive has been the most authentic learning experience I have had…I have connected with a sense of duty within my own being as to how I want to be in this world both as a human and as a professional.

Maureen Synnott Solicitor, Dublin City Council

I found it very beneficial for gaining a better understanding of the relationships in my life and, actually, for making me feel more content in myself…

Amanda Brennan Finance Manager of the Blanchardstown Campus, TU Dublin

This has been the most transformative development experience of my life.

Michael O’Dea Principal Consultant and Director at BCM Risk Solutions Ltd

…to anyone who is interested in learning about how they think and arrive at judgements about the world. It opens new exciting territory for intellectual and personal development…

Maurice Sweeney Book Editor

Did I enjoy it? Hugely. Did I think it was worthwhile? Hugely. Overall, I would describe the experience as challenging but extremely worthwhile and stimulating.

Michael Murphy International Consultant in Agriculture

I would now question a bit more where people, including myself, are coming from … I’d be less likely to give a non-reflective response.

Kathleen Connolly Formerly in social policy
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“Minds need at least as much exercise as bodies, but all too many people get stuck lifting light weights.”

Susan Neiman, Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age (2014)


Next round of The ‘Assumptive Dive’ Workout will run Monday evenings at 7.30-9.00pm. Start date TBD.

Dates TBD

Fee:  €375

Intimate small group setting of Virtual Sessions.

Online over four months in seven one-and-a-half hour sessions at fortnightly intervals.

The book selected as well as other readings and developmental resources are supplied and included in the fee.

Early booking advisable as places are limited to provide the best opportunities for all to participate.

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The Keynes Centre ‘Assumptive Dive Workout’ is eligible for CPD recognition for maintaining general professional standards.

Expressions of interest about this programme are always welcome.

The ‘Assumptive Dive Workout’ can also be co-designed and delivered in-house for company team development. Please inquire as to how the transformative ‘Assumptive Dive Workout’ can be right for you and your organisation.

The Team

Connell and Assumpta will work closely with the participant group to assist and guide you in beginning your transformational work on how you think. Dialogue, Trust, and Collaboration will be distinct features of the experience which we will build and nurture together. You will be invited to practice the skills of observation, listening, questioning, and dialogue as we engage in creative, interesting, and ‘good conversations’. We promise you an invigorating developmental experience which will stimulate your awareness, enlarge your perspectives, and promote your judgement. We look forward to welcoming you to The Keynes Centre Transformative Experiences.