Self-development is more about igniting the fire from within instead of external factors. External influences only act as facilitators to the goal of development. The goal could be to quit smoking, become more available to your family, take classes to learn new skills or practice philanthropy.
Apes orphaned by the African bushmeat trade lack the social savvy of apes raised by their mothers, a new study finds. The study links the emotional development of bonobos (Pan paniscus), one of humans’ closest living relatives, with the ability to interact nicely with others, echoing how human emotions develop.
Bonobos who are good at soothing themselves out of a bad mood are more likely to comfort other bonobos in distress, researchers report today (Oct. 14) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Empathy allows great apes and humans to absorb the distress of others without getting overly distressed themselves,” de Waal said.
One of the greatest barriers to moving outside your comfort zone is the fear that you’re a poser, that you’re not worthy, that you couldn’t possibly be qualified to do whatever you’re aiming to do. It’s a fear that strikes many of us: impostor syndrome.
I know I’ve certainly had those thoughts while publishing pieces of writing, whether it’s blogs or books. I’ve had them while teaching my first university classes and giving speeches to corporate audiences. I appear confident on the outside but feel deeply insecure on the inside, wondering who I am to be stepping up to this stage. What could I possibly have to say that anyone would want to hear?
And I’m not alone. Actress (and Harvard alum) Natalie Portman described the self-doubt she experienced as a Harvard student in a poignant commencement speech several years ago. “I felt like there had been some mistake,” she said, “that I wasn’t smart enough to be in this company, and that every time I opened my mouth I would have to prove that I wasn’t just a dumb actress.” Howard Schultz, the chair, president, and CEO of Starbucks revealed that he, and CEOs he knows, feel the same way: “Very few people, whether you’ve been in that job before or not, get into the seat and believe today that they are now qualified to be the CEO. They’re not going to tell you that, but it’s true.”
What can you do to overcome these feelings of inadequacy that so many of us experience?
When teachers think empathically, and not punitively, about misbehaving students, they cultivate better relationships and help reduce discipline problems, Stanford research shows.
The findings showed that giving teachers an opportunity to express their empathic values – to understand students’ perspectives and to sustain positive relationships with students when they misbehave – improved student-teacher relationships and discipline outcomes.
Great leaders are Empathetic. We have turned empathy into a sign of weakness when actually, it’s your greatest strength.
If you lack empathy as a leader, your people don’t feel heard or understood. When we approach each conversation with empathy, it becomes a tool for accountability. When we are empathetic we are free to think in the face of other people’s upset.
In the webcast we discussed: - The difference between empathy and sympathy - How empathy is a strength, not a weakness - How empathy drives accountability - Why you can't have empathy without boundaries
A computer may not excel at abstract reasoning, but it can process vast amounts of data in the blink of an eye. In recent years, researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) have used this computational firepower on the scads of data accumulating online, in academic research, in financial records, and in virtually all walks of life. The algorithms they develop help machines learn from data and apply that knowledge in new situations, much like humans do. The ability of computers to extract personal information from seemingly innocuous data raises privacy concerns. Yet many AI systems indisputably improve our lives; for example, by making communication easier through machine translation, by helping diagnose illness, and by providing modern comforts, such as your smartphone acting as your personal assistant. This special issue presents a survey of the remarkable progress made in AI and outlines challenges lying ahead.
I’ve heard a lot of people define coaching as an inquiry-based process. I’ve even had people tell me they were taught to only ask questions. Many coaches rely on lists of questions to help them coach.
Coaching isn’t about asking versus telling. It’s about creating a new awareness, which includes the reflective practices of sharing observations and sensations, motivational acts of encouraging and challenging, and ways of holding the space in the moment so the person can fully experience their self even when it feels uncomfortable. Coaches do all of these things as well as questioning.
The ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Within this partnership, the coach shares observations of what the client is experiencing in the moment, encourages people to talk things through, challenges them to stretch their goals based on strengths and aspirations, and maintains silence as appropriate when people are processing a new, and maybe difficult, view of themselves and the world around them.
To me, the key competency isn’t powerful questions; the foundation of coaching is presence. The coach needs to be present to the whole person and his or her experience. This includes acknowledging the emotions the client is feeling in the moment and recognizing the energy shifts that are occurring (a person can feel excited and resentful in one sentence!)...
When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.
We already know too much noise is not a good thing for our brains or our bodies. Research has linked noise pollution to increased blood pressure, sleep loss, and heart disease. These results have led to even more research on the long-term effects of noise. Along the way, almost by accident, scientists who study noise are uncovering benefits of its absence.
A recent piece in Nautilus explores in detail the positive effects that silence can have on our brains. Journalist Daniel A. Gross elaborates on several studies in which researchers set out to study the effects of various types of noise--such as music, short bursts of sound, and white noise--only to discover the silence in between the sounds they were studying produced interesting results. Here are a few gems this body of research has revealed.
Millions of people want to make a big difference, but can they? Here are 6 critical traits of those who inspire others.
They have deep empathy for others
In my former work as a therapist and now as a coach, I’ve seen that millions of people around the globe have suffered at the hands of narcissists, or from mentally disordered or morally-corrupt individuals — either in their families, upbringing, or in their professional lives.
In my view, the most crushing aspect of narcissistic behavior is the total lack of empathy.
It’s very scary (and damaging) to be in relationship with someone who is totally incapable of empathy, because they’ll do anything to you and against you without remorse. They simply cannot put themselves in your shoes or understand or accept what you feel.
On the flip side, those who inspire us to be better are fully capable of experiencing empathy, and they openly express their ability to understand our personal “stories” and who we really are and what we feel, deep down.
Your expectations shape your reality. They can change your life, emotionally and physically. You need to be extra careful about (and aware of) the expectations you harbor as the wrong ones make life unnecessarily difficult. Be especially wary of the expectations that follow—they give people all kinds of trouble.
A bad habit that many of us share is that we trash talk a lot...to ourselves. Recognizing our mistakes can be healthy and productive, but constantly thinking nothing we do is ever good enough—well, not so much. Here’s a powerful reminder that we could all use more self-love.
In this series, professionals explain how to lead in times of turmoil or growth. Read the posts, then write your own (use #HowILead in the body of your post).One of the most important skills any leader can learn is when to be decisive, and when to take a step back and look at the wider picture before making the big calls.In times of turmoil, excitement, rapid growth, or crisis, there will be more decisions to make than usual and less time to make them. There will also be an almost irresistible temptation to make these decisions as quickly as possible. A leader must be calm, confident in
Qui n'a pas entendu — ou raconté — cette histoire de la copie quasi-blanche qui aurait valu la note de 20/20 à un lycéen lors de l'épreuve de philosophie du baccalauréat ? Si les détails varient en fonction des versions (certains remplacent l'audace par le culot, d'autre la philo par le français...), il s'agit certainement de la rumeur la plus célèbre sur le bac.
Le Président de la République a remis vendredi à l'école primaire d'Escurolles (Allier) le 1er prix de ce concours, destiné à familiariser les enfants aux arts et à la culture. Cette distinction est assortie d'une dotation de 10 000 euros.
Comment développer l'audace dès le plus jeune âge ? Par la compétition ? Peut-être...
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