The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation. ~ AristotleRecognizingPatternsShell

Recognizing Patterns is one of the core competencies of “Know Yourself” in the Six Seconds Model.

Definition: Acknowledging frequently recurring reactions and behaviors.

Importance: Sometimes people assess new situations and respond carefully and thoughtfully, but frequently they run on autopilot, reacting unconsciously based on habit. In part it’s
because the human brain is wired to form and follow neural pathways. Left unconscious, these patterns can inhibit optimal performance because they are a generalized response rather than one carefully tailored to the current situation.

Recognizing Patterns helps you track and monitor your reactions – which is an essential step to managing them. Recognizing your own patterns will also help you see others’ – which will be invaluable in coaching others so they get off of autopilot as well. 

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How to Improve Emotional Intelligence: Tips to Practice Awareness (updated for 2017) (4/20/2017) by Joshua Freedman - How do you put emotional intelligence into action? From our certified practitioners all around the world, here are 15+ practical tips to increase self-awareness.
Stepping Out of the Shadow of Perfect (2/28/2017) by Anabel Jensen - Our culture’s obsession with perfection, acts like a shadow on our hearts, minds and bodies keeping us from enjoying our lives. Always striving for elusive perfection, we’ve trapped ourselves into being chronically disappointed. What can be done to counter perfectionism? When we give ourselves to others we counter perfectionism with self-compassion and empathy In this life, what is truly perfect?  I’d like to challenge you to count how many times the word ‘perfect’ comes up in a 24-hour period in your
The Power of Self-Awareness: Essential Insights for Children & Their Adults (10/20/2016) by Joshua Freedman - What does it mean to be “self-aware” and why does it matter? What’s the link between self-awareness and the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day?
Raising Humans #2 – Angry Kid, Calm Parent – Parenting with EQ (9/9/2016) by Rachel Goodman - When you have an angry kid, can you stay calm? In this episode of Raising Humans, a story of parenting the old way... and trying again with emotional intelligence.
Reacting to Feelings – Excerpt from Whole-Hearted Parenting (12/5/2015) by Joshua Freedman - To build more joy, peace and connection with our children, emotional intelligence helps us tune into our feelings and reactions. We all learn ways of reacting – as we become more skilled in noticing our automatic, recurring reactions we open the door to do something more powerful: Respond.
It’s Just Like Riding a Bike? (5/18/2015) by Joshua Freedman - If we want to become more intentional and carefully RESPOND to the challenges we face each day, we need to understand the surprising process of learning - it's not just like riding a bike!
Recognize Patterns in the Six Seconds Model of EQ (3/16/2013) by Jenny Wiley - The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation. ~ Aristotle Recognizing Patterns is one of the core competencies of "Know Yourself" in the Six Seconds Model. Definition: Acknowledging frequently recurring reactions and behaviors. Importance: Sometimes people assess new situations and respond carefully and thoughtfully, but frequently they run on autopilot, reacting unconsciously based on habit. In part it’s because the human brain is wired to form and follow neural pathways. Left unconscious, these patterns can
From Violent Hearts to Heavenly Peace (12/21/2012) by Joshua Freedman - Reading reactions to Sandy Hook, a common theme is blame, but is there an alternative? Looking at the neuroscience, it feels better to blame. When we blame, we know the answer, and that feeling of righteous wrath is actually a dopamine reward that our brain emits when we “know.” While this reaction cycle is wired into our brains, we do have a choice -- three, in fact.
Getting Off the Trouble Train (4/25/2011) by Joshua Freedman - "Have you ever found yourself in the middle a situation and you know it will to turn into a big mess? You can feel it slipping out of control… and yet you keep going. It’s as if you’re being pushed along this track; you know it’s going to lead to trouble, but it seems like there’s no choice."
Postponing Your Future (2/3/2010) by Joshua Freedman - Three different people told me the same story last week: I'm too busy keeping my head above water to make progress on my real goals. On one hand, that's a practical and realistic way of coping.  Look, we've all experienced that some days we can barely tread water fast enough... and some days we sink... and on those days it's "impossible" to put time and energy into the future.  How can you invest when you can't put bread on the
 

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Jenny Wiley

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