When teaching students about complex terms such as transference and countertransference, I am always on the lookout for useful short cuts. That is those stories that engage people through understanding such stuff that could easily switch them off – “I just don’t get it”.
This podcast featuring Mike Brearley is full of insights into quite challenging psychological processes. Mike Brearley is a well known cricket captain known for his ability to manage people. He makes a strong argument for learning self awareness – and yes that it can be learnt.
Here he describes psychoanalysis and its links with emotional intelligence and is worth listening to just for the confession tat he has never heard of Daniel Goleman!
1 Benefits of telling your story. This neat short discussion of the importance of writing your story which got me thinking how in much of my work I encourage people to list their thoughts and even better describe some of those thoughts that seem to create difficulties in order that it invites a different perspective.
2 Teaching emotional intelligence. All the very best with this programme that encouragers children in school to manage their emotions more effectively. Much of my CBT work with children often land on the difficulties of staying with and processing complex feelings as they arise.
3 Benefits of looking after each other. A fascinating article on the search of happiness could well involve caring for other people or the better treatment of others. The work of both Kahnemann (“Thinking Fast and Slow”) and Haidt are mentioned and this has got me hunting down their work.