What is Applied Positive Psychology

Applied – Practical action orientated.  Working with real issues and situations aiming for tangible outcomes.

Positive – Progressive and outcome orientated.  Coaching is not therapy and we take the stance “nobody is broken in need of fixing”.

Psychology – Science of character.  Using a range of researched and evidenced models including cognitive theories and behaviourist techniques in service of humanistic aims which address the relevance of social psychology.

Enabling individuals relate positively with themselves and their world.

Three examples of the many APPs we incorporate within our coaching and training follow, they are described in their simplest and broadest terms to give a sense of each:

Transactional Analysis

Are you creating ripples or waves?

Essentially TA explores the games we play and often the descriptors used within TA resonate well for those within teams or taking a leadership role. The term transaction highlights an interconnection between ourselves and others externally or between our internal thoughts and our actions.

We might explore ego state tendencies or personal drivers and how these assist or limit you in certain situations, thus allowing you to minimise conflict and increase collaboration.

It might be that the scripts you play yourself are out-dated or unhelpful and through changing these your energy and motivation increase.

Maybe your intention differs from the impact of your actions, creating drama and an imbalance between passiveness and aggression and you simply want things to be ok.

Assessing patterns through a number of TA frameworks enables a greater transparency in our communication.

Through guided activities you can begin to rewrite the rule book and ensure fair play.  We start with understanding and recognising your role in the game and how through changing your patterns, the wider transaction adjusts to benefit all.

EI / EQ

Emotional potential (otherwise known as emotional intelligence EI) is innate – most of us are lucky enough to be born with the ability to sense and remember emotions and to process and learn from emotions.

Emotional efficacy (often assessed through emotional quotient measures EQ) relates to our developed abilities to notice, understand, use and respond to these within ourselves and others.

Welcome to the “affective domain” – be sure to recognise, regulate and respond with elegance.

The terms EI and EQ are regularly used interchangeably, essentially EI /EQ is interested in not only do we “understand” and can “”describe” emotions, more-over are we using emotional information and developing our innate potential to improve communication with ourselves and others?

Since EQ has significant variability, some measurement tools have been strongly challenged as predictors for performance, yet since we know that results rely on far more that cognitive intellect, it is sensible to suggest that through developing the skills associated with Emotional Intelligence we can improve our ability to relate and inter-relate with ease.

Self Awareness, Self Regulation, Self Motivation, Social Awareness, Social Skills

We tend to explore 5 dimensions of emotional competence, which when blended with deeper APP models can be useful for leveraging EI and therefore improving work and home relationships.  Through self and peer feedback we can explore and develop 25 factors relating to how a person perceives emotions in themselves and others, and manages emotional states in order to communicate more effectively.

Our EI development offer is integrated into broader personal and leadership development coaching and courses rather than being introduced as an entity in and of itself.

Symbolic Modelling with Clean Language

Symbolic modelling is the act of abstracting reality into metaphor to enable a more creative approach to exploring a situation.  The use of metaphor can also provide a safe foundation to discuss analyse and interpret events with a degree of objectivity.  In addition as skilled coaches we can carry out symbolic modelling exercises without verbalised content.  So we might not ever be required to know the full details of the client’s topic of exploration.

Clean language uses a range of questions to reduce “stuckness”.  These are aimed at moving between global, specific and abstract in order to access less conscious processing within our brain.  Since the questions at times create ambiguity, the logical / rational part of the mind is required to allow greater creativity to emerge and this in turn shifts perspective.

From time to time even the most high performing individuals experience blockages in progress and clean language is excellent for creating traction to move forwards. Our approach is both playful and provocative and this allows clients to reduce the censoring of their thoughts, allowing them to cut through to the questions and answers that make the biggest difference for their progress.

Blue Mind

This field curated by Wallace J Nichols amongst other scientists, artists, philosophers and health practitioners incorporates applied psychology but also neuroscience, environmental psychology sociology, spirituality etc.  Essentially this whole site is flooded with Blue Mind and every interaction we have will incorporate the insights from studies into our connection with Blue Space / Water.  More can be discovered about Blue Mind and Blue Health here.

Summary

These are a few of the models and approaches incorporated into a deliberately hybrid coaching and training approach.  Reading the About page will give further background into additional models and insights drawn upon during any development activity.