The holiday season has kicked off in its usual high voltage style. What will you do to manage the demands of work, family and sometimes ‘impossible’ expectations? In today’s text-driven, multi-tasking world you are most likely wondering how you will find time in your already packed schedule for holiday activities, your job, your family and [...]
Most conflicts have two aspects to them that need to be attended to. There is the person you are dealing with, their relationship with you and the feelings and emotions that are influenced by the relationship. This is where we often get hooked by falling into the heat of an argument, losing our cool and succumbing [...]
In this video, one of the most iconic performers of our time, Lady Gaga surprised the student population of Etobicoke Canada in speaking out for inclusivity and the abolishment of bullying.
A respectful workplace is one where we treat each other with respect and dignity and protect each other from unwelcome behaviour like bullying and harassment. We know through studies that demonstrating compassionate behaviour on its own accounts for improvements of productivity up to 30%. Why is this? We seem to know intuitively that if someone [...]
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Dan Siegal talks about the neuropsycholgy of empathy. Mirror neurons simulate internal states. Your brain takes in another's emotional state through your "mirror neurons" that influences your brainstem and then the body. You resonate with what you see. You start feeling thirsty as you imagine I am feeling thirsty. You start feeling angry if you [...]
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Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love -- and people who had just been dumped. As the poet Terrance said, [...]
From the past president of the American Psychological Association. Focussing on positive emotion, social interaction and happiness rather than our weaknesses. Can psychology make people happier?
Jon Kabat-Zinn reminds us to fully embody ourselves by feeling our lives unfolding in the body, not just the head. Feel the energy of your breathing - in this moment, this is your life. Do this especially in very stressful situations to regulate your reactivity in this way so you are able to stay present [...]