By Mark Spencer, ITA Certified New Code and Classic Code NLP Trainer and Change Agent
In NLP we often focus on how to assist individuals and groups to perform at their best.One thing that NLP doesn’t usually explicitly mention is that to perform well, you need to be in a state of readiness, which includes every aspect of your well-being.
One of the most important factors that will be impacting on your “State of Readiness” and flexibility is sleep. Identify your own sleeping pattern and ensuring you get the sleep you need is something that everyone can do to increase their capabilities. This article contains sections on Sleep debt, iPhone apps, and the recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation and what you can do and finally, Our opinion and what we might do as an NLP Practitioner which also contains some practical tips for you.
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[quote style=”1″]Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds. ~ JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom, 2002[/quote]
Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’ from the BBC.
Not too little sleep, yet not too much, the experts advise in the BBC Article cited below.
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Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned. They said people regularly having such little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got an “ideal” six to eight hours. They also found an association between sleeping for more than nine hours and early death, although that much sleep may merely be a marker of ill health.[/box]
Sleep journal reports the findings, based on 1.5m people in 16 studies.
Continue reading “How much sleep do you need? Your sleep pattern”
Too often the media celebrates aspects of our society that belong in the dark ages, while at the same time ignoring or ridiculing progressive thinking or ideas. Many aspects of the way our systems work almost guarantee our destruction as a society and that’s what this film is about. Ethos, the Movie examines the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy and the environment. From conflicts of interests in politics and unregulated corporate power, to a news media that serves the interests of powerful elites; ETHOS explores the systems that lead us into over consumption and warfare. Continue reading Ethos (Video Documentary Review)
Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today, and the role that can be played by organisations such as the RSA. View Matthew Taylor’s lecture at the RSA Notes and keywords from the talk: Cultural psychotherapy, thinking differently, powerful new insights into human nature. We are very very bad at predicting what will make us happy and we are even bad at describing what made us happy in the past. Fostering empathetic capacity is just as important to achieving a world of citizens at peace with each … Continue reading 21st century enlightenment
Psychologist Donn Byrne states in this post, “we are twice as likely to be attracted to someone when we agree on six out of 10 issues than we are with someone who we only agree with on three out of 10 issues”. This would get down to what we consider to be an ‘issue’.
Starting from scratch in a relationship, there may be no real major issues that arise in our conversations or opinions, because we are busy finding sameness to build rapport because there is attraction. If one has a difference of opinion on politics or religion, these days we might find this refreshing and not an ‘issue’. Are we going to ask the right questions when it comes to decisions and choices relating to partner choices? How do we build our relationships amongst issues? Are our issues really tied to values? Are our values the real things that matter when it comes to relationships?
The other interesting aspect of this whole topic is the area of Myths about psychology – where this may be in the myth category, but overiding that is the use of the words (‘opposite’ and ‘issue’) which is where NLP helps us to refine the meaning that we derive from words.
In NLP, using the precision model of communication, we get very precise with language. For these statements we would well ask many of these questions: When we talk about the cultural expression: opposites attract – what do we really mean by “opposite”? Opposite on what level? Opposite of what sepcifically? What is attract? Attraction of what to what? Attract or catch attention?
Let us take a look at the article: When it comes to love, we’re ambivalent about “opposites attract”. Christie Nicholson from http://www.scientificamerican.com reports.
Back in college astronomy class, I sat behind a guy who wore a T-shirt with this on the back: ” The best thing about the opposite sex is Continue reading “Do Opposites Attract?”
New research shows that rudeness between employees can have a far worse impact on a business than rudeness directed toward customers, or even employee incompetence. Christie Nicholson reports from http://www.scientificamerican.com… Four separate studies published in the August issue of the Journal of Consumer Research provide some scientific evidence along these lines. Nearly 60 to 120 subjects were placed in various situations where they witnessed inter-employee rudeness as well as employee incompetence. And the researchers found that employee rudeness had a significantly greater impact on subjects’ overall opinion of the company than bad service. Continue reading The Impact of Rude Behaviour on a Business
“Every picture is worth a thousand words, but the right metaphor is worth a thousand pictures”, Daniel Pink, 2008 Continue reading Metaphors we live by (Part 2)
Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking. View a video of her lecture at the RSA that inspired this animation. The original video was posted 11/Jan/2010. Continue reading Smile or Die – an opinion about positive attitude, quantum physics, realism
The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman speaks on how you can use emotional and social intelligence to improve your own and your organization’s performance. Or try to access it here if the above screen doesn’t load and work for you. Daniel Goleman reinforces that one of the most critical skills is building rapport. We train for building rapport in the first module of our NLP Practitioner training and this is very useful for your success in life. Continue reading Social Intelligence and Leadership
We have enjoyed learning Spiral Dynamics Integral online over the last year, and here you can find out more information about SDi as a concept. Spiral Dynamics Integral or SDi origins About 5-Deep… 5 Deep is not a consultancy but an attractor field that enables emergence to a new and sustainable future. Change lies at its core. We have no predefined solutions as each person and organisation is unique in surviving in their own life conditions. The work we do often has a intense affect on those we work with, from the total supply chain in large organisations to individual … Continue reading Learn Spiral Dynamics Online
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell doesn’t specifically mention NLP, but the book covers the concept of the processing done by the conscious and unconscious very well. It also provides links to this very interesting test on Implicit Association, where the conscious-unconscious divergences might reveal how we act. ie. Our conscious mind might for instance be very PC (politically correct) and tell us to say one thing, but the whole rest of our being wants to do something else. There are many other reasons for the differences. Project Implicit The Implicit Association Tests are being carried out at Project Implicit being carried … Continue reading Blink, Are we all predjudiced and don't want to admit it?
The Corporation, DVD, MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT, Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, starring 7 CEOs, 3 Vice Presidents, 2 whistleblowers, 1 broker, 1 spy and 1 really big mess!
The Corporation was an unprecedented box office hit and multi award-winning festival Continue reading “The Corporation (DVD), movie trailers and review”
I enjoy having a theory that covers everything, at least at a broad 50,000ft view, and one which also makes some sense right down to the microcosms that we live with. It is efficient to have a unifying theory, but it also makes sense. Having already studied Spiral Dynamics which for me makes sense of all the different theories of human behaviour, T.O.E. provides a wider view. Ken Wilber explains in a lot of detail how the All Quadrants, All Levels and eventually All Lines works as a model and it makes a lot of sense. He also describes many … Continue reading A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality