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Introversion - Highly Sensitive People (HSP) Resources

Introversion - Highly Sensitive People (HSP) Resources | wellbeing | Scoop.it

Shyness, introversion and high sensitivity are different, but can overlap and interact. There are many resources for helping us thrive with these traits.

 

“We introverts often find ourselves succumbing to this pressure to join the fun, so we push past our point of psychic exhaustion…But we have to pace ourselves, manage our energy, and in this most wonderful time of the year, we sometimes have to rely on subterfuge to do so." Sophia Dembling


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Neuroscience and Sensitivity: the Amygdala | Highly Sensitive

Neuroscience and Sensitivity: the Amygdala | Highly Sensitive | wellbeing | Scoop.it

A news item by ScienceDaily reported on research that may explain more about the neuroscience that underlies high sensitivity.

 

Ashley Judd experienced a “very unsafe” and disruptive childhood, and became what she calls a “hypervigilant child.”


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Our High Sensitivity: Both A Gift and Vulnerability to Anxiety

Our High Sensitivity: Both A Gift and Vulnerability to Anxiety | wellbeing | Scoop.it
Anxiety is a frequent partner of highly sensitive people. This article explores understanding high sensitivity to help HSP's handle anxiety better.

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The Art of Extreme Self-Care course

The Art of Extreme Self-Care course | wellbeing | Scoop.it

Cheryl Richardson: "The more you become your own best champion, supporter, cheerleader, and trusted confidant, the better able you’ll be to fully and joyfully express your blessed creativity. That’s when your art becomes more and more successful in the world. It begins with treating yourself with love, respect, kindness, and compassion."

 

Learn more about her Live Online Course: "The Art of Extreme Self-Care" starting Feb 12, 2014. http://highlysensitive.org/TAoESC


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Raising Compassion: The Most Important Thing Parents Can Do

Raising Compassion: The Most Important Thing Parents Can Do | wellbeing | Scoop.it

The ultimate solution to the problem of childhood narcissism lies within the parent's sense of self-connection, worth and acceptance.

 

All of us want our children to grow up to be compassionate. We want them to contribute positively to the well-being of others, so that they leave the world a better place than they found it.

 

It's this desire that causes parents to constantly urge children "not to be selfish," to "wait their turn," and to "share" with other children. We believe that the more we demand this of our children, the greater the chance they will develop into selfless adults.

 

Little do we realize that this is highly ineffective.

 

TED TALK http://youtu.be/QM_PQ2WUD2k

Conscious Parenting: Shefali Tsabary at TEDxSF 

 

 

Shefali Tsabary Clinical Psychologist & Author,
'The Conscious Parent' and Out of Control - Why Disciplining Your Child Doesn't Work and What Will' 


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TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY

TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY | wellbeing | Scoop.it

Everybody’s suddenly talking about empathy, from the Dalai Lama to agony aunts, from business gurus to happiness experts. And it’s not surprising, since in the last decade neuroscientists have discovered that 98 per cent of us have empathy wired into our brains. The old story that we are basically selfish, self-interested creatures has been debunked. Our selfish inner drives exist side by side with our empathic other half. We are homo empathicus.

 

The problem is that most of us haven’t yet learned how to switch on our neural circuitry and fulfil our empathic potential. And this really matters. Why? Normally we think of empathy – the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person and looking at the world from their perspective – as something that makes you a more caring and considerate person by expanding your moral universe. But empathy doesn’t just make you good – it’s good for you too. It can help heal broken relationships, make you a more creative person, and expand your wellbeing by forging the human bonds that make life worth living.o what does it take to up your personal empathy quotient? How can empathy play a bigger,  more positive role in your life?

 

Here are seven tips.

 

Roman  Krznaric’s book, Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution


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Neuroscience and Sensitivity: the Amygdala | Highly Sensitive

Neuroscience and Sensitivity: the Amygdala | Highly Sensitive | wellbeing | Scoop.it

A news item by ScienceDaily reported on research that may explain more about the neuroscience that underlies high sensitivity.

 

Ashley Judd experienced a “very unsafe” and disruptive childhood, and became what she calls a “hypervigilant child.”


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How The Creative Process Helps Highly Sensitive People - HSP Health Blog

How The Creative Process Helps Highly Sensitive People - HSP Health Blog | wellbeing | Scoop.it
The creative process helps us define what we want and how to achieve it. It helps us develop our own authority and therefore manage our lives better.

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“Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, and with a wildly vivid color palate to draw from, which can only be described as looking at the world through a much larger lens." – Creativity Coach Lisa Riley, from excerpt from my book: Being Highly Sensitive and Creative. - http://highlysensitive.org/being-highly-sensitive-and-creative/

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Ah ... the power of creative play!

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Neuroscience and Sensitivity: the Amygdala | Highly Sensitive

Neuroscience and Sensitivity: the Amygdala | Highly Sensitive | wellbeing | Scoop.it

A news item by ScienceDaily reported on research that may explain more about the neuroscience that underlies high sensitivity.

 

As we know who have one, a highly sensitive nervous system is not a “disorder.” But that does not mean there can be very real medical and mental health issues that may be increased with high sensitivity, such as anxiety, and PTSD and hypervigilance - something actor Ashley Judd experienced.


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Eric Maisel on the creative value of calming | Highly Sensitive and Creative

Eric Maisel on the creative value of calming | Highly Sensitive and Creative | wellbeing | Scoop.it
Creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel says “When you free neurons from their usual grip on small thoughts — ten worries, fifteen errands, and so on — and get to reclaim them..

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Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain

Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain | wellbeing | Scoop.it
Do you remember playing pretend when you were a child? A stick became a sword while a playground became a castle. This ability to use your imagination persists when people create art, invent tools and think scientifically.

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How Daydreaming Can Actually Make You Smarter

How Daydreaming Can Actually Make You Smarter | wellbeing | Scoop.it

Daydreaming gets a pretty bad rap. It's often equated with laziness, and we tend to write off people with wandering minds as being absent-minded "space cadets" who can't get their heads out of the clouds.


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Read this article to open your mind for passive approaches to creativity. Thanks to John Cabra for this link. Brilliant!
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EBook: Compassion - Bridging Practice and Science

EBook:  Compassion - Bridging Practice and Science | wellbeing | Scoop.it

Almost everything there is to know about compassion in a multimedia eBook!

What is the difference between empathy and compassion? Is it possible to train compassion? Can it be measured? How useful is compassion training in schools, clinical settings, and end-of-life care? Can the brain be transformed through mental training?

 

The free eBook: Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science by Tania Singer andMatthias Bolz describes existing secular compassion training programs and empirical research as well as the experiences of practitioners. The state-of-the-art layout of the eBook includes video clips and a selection of original sound collages by Nathalie Singer, and artistic images by Olafur Eliasson.

 

In addition, the film Raising Compassion by Tania Singer and Olafur Eliasson brings together workshop participant


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The Science of Empathy at Work

The Science of Empathy at Work | wellbeing | Scoop.it

How do you move from empathy to connection?

 

First learn the signals and science of chronic stress and burnout and build skills for prevention and coping through developing attention of your emotions.

 

Building on these skills of self awareness you will learn how to preform and sustain the highest form of emotional intelligence in the workplace: empathy.

You will learn:

What does science tell us about stress?How does identifying emotions change our reactions?How does empathy work?

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Build your emotional awareness and

empathy skills in this science-based

session with Eve Ekman.

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How The Creative Process Helps Highly Sensitive People - HSP Health Blog

How The Creative Process Helps Highly Sensitive People - HSP Health Blog | wellbeing | Scoop.it
The creative process helps us define what we want and how to achieve it. It helps us develop our own authority and therefore manage our lives better.

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:55 PM

“Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, and with a wildly vivid color palate to draw from, which can only be described as looking at the world through a much larger lens." – Creativity Coach Lisa Riley, from excerpt from my book: Being Highly Sensitive and Creative. - http://highlysensitive.org/being-highly-sensitive-and-creative/

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Ah ... the power of creative play!

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Mastering emotional overload but still being highly sensitive

Mastering emotional overload but still being highly sensitive | wellbeing | Scoop.it
As creativity coach Eric Maisel notes, emotion is the life blood of art - but that doesn’t mean you should be a slave to your emotions.

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Interesting article ... very interesting!

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More experiences make people less empathetic to the inexperienced, study finds

More experiences make people less empathetic to the inexperienced, study finds | wellbeing | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Children may actually be right when they lament that their parents don't understand their problems.

 

"The big take-away from our research is just because at one time you went to your first concert or had your first heartbreak doesn't mean you'll know how someone else will experience their first concert or heartbreak," said Troy Campbell, author of the study and a Ph.D. student at Fuqua. "For instance, parents don't understand what it's like to be a teenager, because they don't feel the things teenagers feel anymore."


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How Introverts Can Stand Out at Work - Mashable

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How Introverts Can Stand Out at Work
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Your average American workplace is not always kind to introverts.

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Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity

Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity | wellbeing | Scoop.it

One aspect of high sensitivity is increased sensory input. There are some intriguing research studies on how this works at the level of the brain and nervous system, and how it affects creative ability.


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Empathy: “the process of demonstrating an accurate, nonjudgmental understanding of the other side’s needs, issues, and perspective.

Empathy: “the process of demonstrating an accurate, nonjudgmental understanding of the other side’s needs, issues, and perspective. | wellbeing | Scoop.it

One of the best chapters ever written on empathy is in Robert Mnookin’s book *Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes* (Mnookin is the head of the Harvard Program on Negotiation.) In the 2nd chapter in his book, titled “The Tension Between Empathy and Assertiveness”. 

 

 

Mnookin defines empathy as “the process of demonstrating an accurate, nonjudgmental understanding of the other side’s needs, issues, and perspective.”  He goes on to say that “Empathy does not require people to have sympathy for another’s plight – – to ‘feel their pain.’  Nor is empathy about being nice……. 

 

Empathizing with someone, therefore, does not mean agreeing with or even necessarily liking the other side.” Mnookin’s chapter is assigned reading in my course in the MBA program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.


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Cultivating Compassion, by Paul Gilbert | DailyGood

Cultivating Compassion, by Paul Gilbert | DailyGood | wellbeing | Scoop.it

Why do we need compassion?

We need compassion because life is hard. We are all susceptible to diseases and injuries. Every one of us has a lifespan that had a start and will have an end. Just like you, I am vulnerable to disease. Just like you, I could have a blood test tomorrow that says my life is going to end. Just like you, I could hear that my son has been killed in a car crash.

 

Because these things can happen to any of us at any time, we’re all in this together. No one—no one—escapes. And the more we work together, the more we can make this journey of suffering bearable. The Buddhist tradition puts it this way: “Just like me, you want to be happy; just like me, you want to be free of suffering.” That recognition of common fear and yearning is the basis for compassion.


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Are You Suffering From Cultural Depression?

Are You Suffering From Cultural Depression? | wellbeing | Scoop.it
Cultures can support our well being but when they do not, the people can suffer from cultural depression - the symptoms of living in an unsatisfying system.

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Writer Peter Messerschmidt notes, “Existential Depression.. generally doesn’t affect many people, except in a very fleeting and vague manner. However, it is extremely prevalent among highly gifted sensitive adults."
// In his article Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals, James T. Webb, Ph.D. writes more about this experience.
- From "Sensitive and stressed: Existential Depression" http://highability.org/36/existential-depression/

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Self-compassion can be key to achievement

Self-compassion can be key to achievement | wellbeing | Scoop.it
Judging yourself less can help you achieve more.

 

Without that self-compassion, she might never have put her needs first. Now, her life-changing walk is a reminder to cut herself some slack. But as she points out, you don't have to trek through two countries to have that epiphany. "It could be yoga, it could be anything. Whatever does it for you, take the time to do it.

 

Robin L. Flanigan


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Mirror Neurons

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It is a lot to ask of a neuron, but mirror neurons have been described that activate during an action and while observing others perform that action (Are there mirror neurons in humans?

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Rethinking Creativity and Depression

Rethinking Creativity and Depression | wellbeing | Scoop.it

Creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel, PhD talks about “official” attitudes of many health professionals about some forms of human experience, such as depression, that get labeled as mental illness.

 

He says, “The mental health industry has its reasons for calling life’s challenges ‘disorders’ but we have few good reasons to collude with them.”

 

Other writers and psychologists talk about the presumed connection between mood disorders like depression, and creativity.


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