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Coaching relationship

I really like the quote from author and philosopher Eric Hoffer, “In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”  In today’s rapidly changing world we are all learners. And our busy lifestyles can make it hard to find the…

Email Apnea

Recently, New York Times best-selling author Sharon Salzberg, (Real Happiness at Work) spoke about email apnea (or screen apnea), a finding by Linda Stone, a writer, researcher, and former executive at Apple and Microsoft. Stone noticed that a majority of people (possibly eighty percent) unconsciously hold their breath, or breathe shallowly, when responding to email…

Are elder siblings smarter?

Eldest siblings are more intelligent, a new study of 377,000 high school students finds. However, the difference is equal to, on average, just one IQ point. This difference is so small as to be almost meaningless. There were also consistent differences in personality. Eldest siblings tended to be more outgoing, conscientious and agreeable, while being less anxious. But,…

Coachability

Coachability I’ve done a lot of coaching in the workplace (e.g., managers, leaders, clinicians) and worked with people who range from being very coachable to not very coachable at all. ‘Uncoachable people’ are often advised to take a course or get an executive coach with the often attached expectation of “change your behaviour.” The person who is…

Too optimistic about optimism

A research team led by Elizabeth Tenney asked participants to guess how much a given task is affected by optimism, then compared this to how people actually fared when they were feeling more or less optimistic. So in one instance, “task completers” attempted a maths task, having been given false feedback that told them, based…

Self-help Mantras Can Do More Harm Than Good

Self help mantras do more harm than good If you've got low self-esteem, you might want to avoid uttering positive mantras such as "I'm a lovable person". A 2009 study found that people lacking in self-belief who spoke this phrase to themselves didn't feel any better afterwards. In fact they felt worse, possibly because the…

On the Edge of a New Frontier: Is Gerontological Social Work in the UK Ready to Meet Twenty-First-Century Challenges?

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Pregnancy Loss in Rural Ireland: An Experience of Disenfranchised Grief

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Can psychologist and psychiatrist expert witnesses be trusted to know how memory works?

Psychologists and psychiatrist are frequently called on to provide expert testimony in court. When the memories recalled by an alleged victim, suspect and/or eye-witness become an explicit issue, is it safe to assume that the psychologist or psychiatrist in the expert role will have up-to-date scientific knowledge about the reliability of memory? Worryingly, a new…

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