Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Communicate, People. And don't be narrow-minded, either.

Hey!

I'm taking a little summer hiatus for the rest of this week, and then again in about a week and a half from now. Sometimes a girl and her family need a reboot. But before I go, here's something to chew on from my AFAA training on stress:

During many conversations, people may have  totally opposing points of view. It is these encounters with others that are found to be the most stressful. Physiologically, just the act of talking raises blood pressure and heart rate (Nathan, Staats, & Rosch, 1986). When another person doesn't see things as we do, the common reaction is to feel threatened and become defensive. If we continue to react in this manner, it becomes easy to draw battle lines and have the relationship degenerate into "us" against "them" (Kabat-Zinn, 1991).

When we limit ourselves to narrow thinking and restricted mind-sets, it is difficult to see another's point-of-view. However, when we learn to expand the communication by looking at each person's viewpoint, we begin to see the entire picture. Then extraordinary new possibilities emerge as imaginary but all-too-limiting boundaries in the mind dissolve. (Kabat-Zinn, 1991).

I'll catch up with yall next Monday. Have a great week!

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