June 3, 2010

Beyond Anger Management – You and Your Anger

“The beliefs we have about anger and the interpretation we give to the experience are as important to its understanding as anything intrinsic to the emotion itself.” Carol Tavris   Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion Anger has been called the “misunderstood emotion.”  Why is that? Seems like we know everything there is to know about anger, don’t we?  While there still is […]
March 4, 2010

The Starting Point for Empathy is You

The Starting Point for Empathy is  YOU   In this series of articles examining empathy, we’ve explored some reasons to consciously act on developing our empathic skills.  In Becoming More Empathic  we looked at some of the ways to remove the obstacles we create in responding empathetically to others.  In this post, we’re going to focus on the most important part of the […]
February 25, 2010

Becoming More Empathetic – (Bringing Down Some of the Barriers)

Most scientists agree that we are born to cooperate with others. In other words, we are born to be more “WE”  than “ME.”  Sometimes we wonder. The mounting research continues to paint a much rosier and more positive picture at least for the potential of a kinder, gentler workplace, society and planet. According to Dr. Thomas Tomasello, author of “Why We […]
February 20, 2010

5 Reasons to Develop Your Empathy

“Empathy is the one weapon in the human repertoire that can rid us of the curse of xenophobia.”              Frans B.M. de Waal, author, The Age of Empathy   Are We Living in The Age of Narcissism or the Age of Empathy? Maybe it’s both. For human beings, both are innate.  Freud believed that narcissism was a normal developmental task […]
February 4, 2010

Can I Trust You?

Trust is a fragile and complex thing. It’s a dynamic process  made up of our thoughts, beliefs, values, feelings and most important – our actions. It is often indefinable, highly personal and mostly an unconscious process that governs the why and how of what we do. Although trust, at all levels, appears to be at an all time low – […]
January 21, 2010

You are Hard-Wired for Altruism

Through the tragic events and natural disasters of the past decades we’ve seen  extraordinary outpourings of help and compassion for neighbors – and most important, strangers. Tragic events seem to galvanize our empathy and evoke great acts of kindness in response. In the past decade we have also been the beneficiaries of valuable findings from research to better understand the motives […]
January 7, 2010

Intelligent Emotions – at Work

“Hardwired to connect with each other, we do so through emotions. Our brains, bodies and minds are inseparable from the emotions that animate them. Emotions are at the nexus of thought and action, of self and other, of person and environment.”  Diana Fosha, Daniel Siegel & Marion Solomon, The Healing Power of Emotions Driven by major advances in neuroscience in […]
December 9, 2009

What is an Intentional Workplace?

What is an Intentional Workplace? We may have to use our imagination more than our experience in trying to answer this question. The dictionary defines intentional as:  done with intention or on purpose. Not too many people have had the experience of working in environments that operate intentionally or “consciously.”  You know – the kind of organization, team or workplace […]