Today, a very useful though long blog post on the new science of psychology popped up on my Google Alerts. Blogspot was acting slow, so here are my comments.
#1 Formal differences between classical science and new science
For 20 or so key terms describing the difference between old fashioned methods & stats in psychology and new methods that are consistent with new forms of management
#2 Phase states illustrated with examples from psychotherapy and neuroscience
New science doesn’t look for incremental improvements, it looks for the sudden change of state – a bud bursts into bloom, an egg hatches, a baby is born.
#3 Procrastination is acknowledgment of pending self-re-organization
Going from wish to intent, from planning to procrastination – crossing the Rubicon – is a matter of “bearing the unbearable”. We resist – we apply negative feedback – out of fear of who we will become – or a prolonged goodbye.
We are unwilling to be successful because we cannot “bear the unbearable”.
#4 The supportive psychologist is an active player in the change process
Psychologists aren’t ‘objective’. We have to be sufficiently bold to be part of the change process and for the change process to change them too. That is the essential ingredient of empathy.
Leaders require the some capacity but provide the empathy in the hurly-burly of life. We work in more protected settings and with a promise to put the interests of our client above our own. A leader puts the interests of the group above his or her own and includes our individual interests in so far as they strengthen the group.
A good article but blogspot, fail.