EQ Life

Loneliness

  Yesterday the BBC published their commissioned report  Changing UK which says that analysing the census data going back 30 years reveals the people in the UK are now much less rooted in their local neighbourhood. London was revealed as the ‘most lonely in UK’ ‘Researchers put this down to the high concentration of unmarried adults, […]

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Five Ways to Wellbeing

Beautifully designed and conceptualised postcards available for download here from the New Economics Foundation who have made wellbeing a major research and practice strand. Their Well-being Manifesto for a Florishing Society is brilliant.

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Adventures

Left Kuala Lumpur today for Macao – then took the ferry to Hong Kong.  Am I in a James Bond movie or what??  Only this time the bad guy has an evil plot to create a world where people are cogs who shop instead of talk, and drown their loneliness in mindless TV and brutal […]

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Wisdom Book

I think that this book is remarkable ….It arrived today! Andrew Zuckerman has created this Wisdom Book. Highly original, beautiful and fresh. Take a look….

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Empathy: Finding Common Ground

Was working on an empathy workshop yesterday. Is that why the news seemed relevant? The cordial meeting of our current and soon-to-be first lady shows me how differences are overcome when we recognize our shared humanity. Reports said that during the meeting of these two very different women, much of their talk centered on raising […]

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Apricot Jam in KL

I’m in Kuala Lumpur eating breakfast in Times Square looking out over the city.  All week I’ve been eating spicy Asian food, and today I take some toast with apricot jam.  Taking a bite, I’m swept into homesickness and longing for the green gold fields and laughing children of home.  Amazing how our senses and […]

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Disciplined Work in an Impatient World

Did an EI program today. While the bulk of the day flowed with excitement and laughter, our group did have some problems working through the 6 second videocamera exercise. This analytical tool can help a participant explore the costs and benefits of our behavior patterns. The exercise challenges us to delve deeply into a moment […]

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Emotional Empathy

I was chatting with a colleague this week about empathy, thought you might appreciate this distinction: There are two parts of empathy.  “In” and “Out.”  AKA “Awareness” and “Response.”  AKA “Cognitive” and “Emotional.” The cognitive part of empathy is like learning to read and make sense of what you read.  You learn to accurately bring […]

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I’m not a brain scientist but….

I’ve been thinking about mirror neurons after seeing a wonderful video at the PBS/Nova site. These specialized brain cells help us relate to our surroundings and other people. Mirror cells build empathy and connection. They are activated when we watch and listen to others. The video suggested that mirror neurons function even more profoundly when […]

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Mark Johnson on Emotional Education

In today’s Guardian Mark Johnson has written an article entitled Forget Sats: lesson one is a basic emotional education. It is very interesting to read Mark’s thoughts on the subject, as his school experience was difficult. He is author of Wasted, which describes his experiences growing up with violence, alcohol and drugs, often crime. Mark’s comment in […]

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