Resilience Workshops

Why are our resilience workshops so effective?

Why are our resilience workshops so effective?

Our resilience workshops have developed an enviable reputation. They reflect more than 15 years experience of fusing the latest research with practical know how. So why are our workshops so effective? The answer becomes apparent when you compare our workshop with a typical resilience workshop offering. For further information on our workshops please complete the […]

By April 18, 2015 Read More →
The key to resilience

The key to resilience

According to psychologists  resilient individuals “bounce back” from stressful experiences quickly and effectively. So a fundamental requirement of resilience is the ability to recover from stress. And that’s why the Parasympathetic Nervous System is the key to resilience. The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS)  and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) collectively form the Autonomic Nervous System – […]

By April 10, 2015 Read More →

Optimal Meditation

The emotional response of optimizers before meditation – part 1

The emotional response of optimizers before meditation – part 1

In the last post I talked about some of the personality changes (based on a brief personality inventory that optimizers who meditate reported. The most consistent change across both gender and age groups was an increase in emotional stability. This meant that optimizers believed they were less anxious, calmer, more emotionally stable and not as […]

Personality traits and optimizers who meditate

Personality traits and optimizers who meditate

Prior to the interviewing the optimizers who meditate, we asked interviewees to complete a brief personality measure. The personality measure has 10 items measuring 5 personality factors – extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and openness. Each item is measured on a 7 point scale anchored at each end by strongly disagree(1) and agree (7). You […]

Agile Perspectives

The meditation experience of optimizers is different

The meditation experience of optimizers is different

In my resilience workshops there always are one or two participants who have tried meditation and the odd person who has managed to sustain a meditation practice. From discussions with these participants there appears to be three primary motivations for meditating: Spiritual purposes (seeking) Dealing with mental health issues (healing) Those interested in optimizing their […]

ResilienceBuilder Software

ResilienceBuilder Software

One of the major reasons our Resilience Workshops are so effective is our ResilienceBuilder software. It acts like your personal resilience coach. The software measures your levels of Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) activity. Activating the PNS is the key to resilience and is the basis of most effective approaches to building resilience. Typically in the […]

By April 8, 2015 Read More →
Meditation for Optimizers – Who was interviewed?

Meditation for Optimizers – Who was interviewed?

The interviews focused on meditators whose primary motivation for meditation was optimizing their psychological and physical fitness. They also had to have maintained a regular meditation practice for more than two consecutive years and were at least 30 years of age. Interviewees were recruited from my resilience workshops, social media and general promotion on meditation, […]

Optimal Meditators – the questions

Optimal Meditators – the questions

These are the questions that formed the basis of the interviews with optimal meditators. At first glance, there appears to be a lot of questions. But you’ll notice that there is substantial overlap and it was the rare occasion where all the questions were asked. I have to confess that I broke all the rules […]

Pessimists make better sales people?

Pessimists make better sales people?

It’s a common belief that high performing salespeople are optimists. A recent article on the Harvard Business Review found that while over 90% reported being optimistic, upon closer scrutiny nearly two-thirds exhibit pessimistic personality tendencies. The author of the article speculated that I theorize the explanation for this dichotomy is that salespeople always have to […]

How effective are resilience programs?

How effective are resilience programs?

My previous post suggesting that a popular resilience program wasn’t that effective generated lots of flak, particularly from devotees of positive psychology. I wasn’t really sure how to respond, other than to say “the research is what it is”. However my case just became a little easier to argue. New research,  hot of the press, […]

Popular resilience program isn’t that effective

Popular resilience program isn’t that effective

Summary The Penn Resilience Program is an extremely popular resilience program. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Large scale trials within the military and schools suggests the Penn Resilience Program isn’t that effective. Reason for poor results might include the difficulty in learning CBT in a group environment and that CBT was […]

Mindfulness V’s CBT when treating stress?

Mindfulness V’s CBT when treating stress?

New research has compared the effectiveness of Mindfulness with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in regards to treating stress. Study participants undertook either an 8 week program on CBT or mindfulness. CBT is a western approach which involves indentifying irrational thoughts and replacing them with more rational thoughts whereas mindfulness is an eastern perspective that involves […]