TRUE COURAGE

Inspired by a speech from President Barack Obama Obama provided three pieces of advice to the graduates of high schools of 2020. You can obtain the full transcript on cnn.com (dated May 17th, 2020). I read the transcript of the speech given by Barack Obama to the graduating HS students of the class of 2020, […]

Parenting…Love is…

LOVE is Allowing them to be their own tree   That means that you foster and nurture growth, While allowing them to explore   That means that you provide So, their roots develop firmly   That means that you guide and protect, without forcing   That means that you meet their needs, but do not […]

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to be self-aware and to be aware of others’ thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It means to be able to check-in with yourself and be able to identify what you are thinking and what you are feeling. Checking-in with yourself during a challenging situation with others prevents you […]

Darth Vader, Anger & Dr. Marshall

Darth Vader, Anger and Dr. Marshall A lot has been written about Star Wars and its characters. Some French psychologists even went that far to diagnose Darth Vader with Bipolar Personality Disorder (BPD). They later defended themselves with the statement that during training, it makes sense to have a “proto typical” example that is known […]

Feeling Lost: Emotions-Feelings-Values

    Feeling Lost: Emotions-Feelings-Values At times we feel lost and wonder whether we are still on-track. This discussion might be helpful. I start this discussion with emotions and feelings and will end with values. Emotions are universal and hard wired in the brain. They are a reaction to environmental stimuli (triggers) and occur automatically and […]

Communication

COMMUNICATION Respectful and effective communication is of crucial importance in any relationship. It prevents disconnection, conflict and heartache in committed relationships. Good communication means making time for each other and not allowing interruptions. It means sitting together and listening to each other about what is going on. When you are both calm, you can address […]