Conflict Resolution: Workshop Series
Differences and conflict are a natural part of life, but too often they are not handled with sensitivity and skill and this can lead to many problems in communication, relationships and functioning. Understandably, most people either avoid or react aggressively to potential or actual conflict because they have never learned another way.
The good news is that with strong intention, practice and feedback people will increase their awareness and skill in dealing with their own feelings and reactions. This results in more sensitive and effective communication with others. The benefits are numerous and include: thinking more clearly; making choices rather than reacting; opening up constructive dialogue; improving work and personal relationships; contributing to improved morale; and increasing productivity and creativity.
Increasing Emotional Intelligence:
“Emotional Intelligence” as defined by Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. psychologist, is “the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships.” Emotional Intelligence can be improved! People who are highly skilled intellectually and/or technically may lack satisfying relationships or healthy self-esteem. Unless there are psychological issues that require psychotherapy, increasing Emotional Intelligence will have a significant positive impact on the quality of one’s relationships and life.
Our focus and experiential practice will include: increasing awareness of wider range of emotions in oneself and others, understanding what contributes to various emotional states (including beliefs, values, perceptions, assumptions, thoughts and core universal needs), and identifying for each participant what predictably triggers intense emotional reactions. The more we experience and integrate all of this into our lives, the greater our capacity for empathy with others - and with ourselves.