Psychology

Affirmations: BS or Valuable Personal Development Technique?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article by A J Kumar: Affirmations – in my experience they do work. It’s a matter of creating a different habit pathway, one that is positive rather than negative. See more at the link below:

“If you’ve read my past posts, you know I think that the “Law of Attraction” – by itself – is pretty much bogus.  I mean, really – you can sit around on the couch all day, wishing and hoping for a fit body, a million dollars and a supermodel girlfriend.  But until you actually take action to bring about these dreams, you’re not going to get an inch closer to achieving your goals.

Unfortunately, the universe isn’t just sitting around, waiting to fulfill your every desire.  Instead, you’ve got to bring about the changes you want through a combination of concerted effort and mental re-programming.”

Go here: http://paper.li/pinagency/1306815874 (Accessed 04/05/2012).

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Synaesthesia, migraines and creativity

Interesting piece by Doug Belshaw on the topic.

“It was only about two weeks ago that I found out I’m a bit weird. I was listening to an episode of BBC Radio 4′s All In The Mind (listen), part of which was dedicated to synaesthesia. I didn’t realise that something I experience all the time actually qualifies as a mild form of the condition!

But what is synaesthesia? Nature defines it in the following way:

An unusual ‘mixing of the senses’ in which a stimulus in one sensory modality (for example, a sound) elicits a percept in another modality (such as visual perception of a colour).

All In The Mind explained that this definition can be widened to include something both I and my mother experience: conceiving of time as being physically and spatially located. It’s difficult to explain this in words, and my perspective and view on time changes depending on the period I’m ‘looking at’. ”

Read more at: http://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2008/07/17/synaesthesia-migraines-and-creativity/#.T5zuDquJQ0E (Accessed 29/04/2012).

The new rules of creativity: nine mind hacks to boost your brain

Article from Wired Magazine – great ideas by Jonah Lehrer – This article was taken from the May 2012 issue of Wired magazine.

“According to a recent survey of 1,500 chief executives from all over the world, the most important skill they seek in employees is creativity. New ideas, after all, are the ultimate source of economic growth.

But this only raises the question: how can we generate more creativity? How can we inspire people to have more new ideas? If we designed a workplace that was all about maximising innovation, then what would that workplace look like? What follows is a short list of scientifically tested ideas that can boost the imagination, transforming the typical office into a wellspring of creativity.”

Go here to read more: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/05/features/the-new-rules-of-creativity

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Six Hats – Empathy or Thinking?

I find the focus on empathy very important and not used enough. I am sharing this post with you by Brendan Coram in the hope that it will be of use in your everyday interactions and working life. Follow the link below to read the full article.

“Sometimes, it takes more than just thinking about somebody else’s point of view. We actually have to empathise with them for true understanding. There are various ways of considering other people’s point of view in the process of creative problem solving: Six Value Medals provides a simple framework for systematically considering different perspectives of value…  TERMS provides a useful mnemonic for considering different perspectives on the customer experience from time to situation…” For other ideas follow the link below.

“But there is a missing element in all of these approaches. Empathy… To be able to really connect with the world from someone else’s perspective we need empathy. We need more than just a logical understanding, we need to connect with their emotional response, because without it we really don’t care. Empathy is what we use to feel what others are feeling, and understand what matters to them.”

For examples follow the link below. “Others have written more eloquently about empathy than me. You can read about empathy with Skillful Minds at: http://skilfulminds.com/
and Ashoka at http://www.ashoka.org/ .”

Some key points in developing empathy are: Identification, Building Bridges, Listening... “Six Empathy Hats Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats is an excellent tool for systematically exploring a problem from multiple perspectives, and a framework for creative response. But it can be a little ‘me’ focused if you aren’t paying attention.”

Read more here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3z5wqF/www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2012/04/12/six-hats-empathy-or-thinking/ (accessed 14/04/2012). Image credit: rocketpowered.co.uk at link above.