Tuesday, March 17, 2009

BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Can a toddler resist marshmallow?

Is our destiny decided before we even start school? This is about frustration tolerance, an experiment mentioned years ago by Daniel Goleman in his book, Emotional Intelligence.

BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Can a toddler resist marshmallow?

She must devise strategies ... how are you at doing this? If you want to improve our emotional intelligence, contact me for courses and coaching programs.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Learn more about Emotional Intelligence

Fortunately there is already a great Emotional Intelligence Course available. The EQ Course(tm). Email me at sdunn@susandunn.cc for information on this interactive Internet program with email support. As Darwin said, we need emotions to survive.

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The Neuroscience of Emotions

The ability to recognize and work with different emotions is fundamental to psychological flexibility and well-being. Neuroscience has contributed to the understanding of the neural bases of emotion, emotion regulation, and emotional intelligence, and has begun to elucidate the brain mechanisms involved in emotion processing. Of great interest is the degree to which these mechanisms demonstrate neuroplasticity in both anatomical and functional levels of the brain.
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The Elephant Whisperer

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lawrence_and_thula_sm.jpgIn today’s Good Stuff we pay tribute to an East Coaster who’s been dubbed the Elephant Whisperer. Zululander Lawrence Anthony is a conservationist whose dramatic rescue of the animals in the Baghdad Zoo during the onset of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, attracted him worldwide attention.

He’s also managed to successfully rehabilitate numerous problem elephants that noone else could handle - survive an attack by an enraged elephant bull, and has founded the international non profit society, The Earth Organisation.

It all began about ten years ago when Lawrence applied to take on some of the abused Tuli elephants. While they’d already been placed elsewhere, his application started the ball rolling - and he soon took on seven problem elephants.

“EMOA, the Elephant Managers and Owners Association, heard about my application and phoned me and said they had some other destitute elephants (and) would I be interested in taking them. They were problem elephants.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rules for Ha'aha'a

Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., has written a great book called "Pleasure Principle." He is part-Hawaiian, and talks about the Pacific Rim mentality. (Eastern, Western and Oceanic thinking)

They have a word ha'aha'a which means "making contact before communicating."

Here are some of his 'rules' for ha'aha'a:

Always pause for several seconds and be quiet.
Look before you talk.
Read how the person seems to be feeling.
Connect with your eyes before you use your mouth.
Never being talking without looking.
Never say anything without scanning first.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Study: Belligerent chimp proves animals make plans

Study: Belligerent chimp proves animals make plans

Santino, a 31 year old alpha male in a zoo, shows cold calculated planning of aggression, collecting tools to use against "the enemy." He starts to build his cache of "weapons" in the morning and the around noon unleashes his weapons against visitors to the zoo.

From the article:

"It is normal behavior for alpha males to want to influence their surroundings ... It is extremely frustrating for him that there are people out of his reach who are pointing at him and laughing," Osvath said. "It cannot be good to be so furious all the time."

One reason why we learn emotional intelligence. No, it is not good to be furious all the time. 5 minutes of anger suppresses the immune system for up to 8 hours.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Dr. Howard Boltansky and What He Has Learned About Life

Sometimes there are wonderful and surprising moments in articles I read. Today I was reading an article about allergies in the D. C. area. I found an article entitled "Reducing Allergies Advice From Dr. Howard Boltansky" in the Washingtonian, by Ken Adelman.

The article talks about Dr. Boltansky, and allergy problems in the D. C. area. It's in Q and A format. The article moves along with important information for allergy sufferers. The 2nd to last paragraph followed the protocol, with Adelman asking, "Overall, what have you learned about asthma and allergies?" And Dr. Boltansky replies.

Then comes this:
What have you learned about life?

That what really matters is our relationships. Being there for the people we love is the essence of life. Life flies by so quickly, but those moments when we form a bond with someone, when we laugh or cry with them, are the moments we can hold onto forever.

I'll leave you with that lovely thought.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

'Gloria Arroyo' has dinner with 'Barack Obama'

Ilham Anas is a photographer in Indonesia who has won new fame as a Barack Obama lookalike,
His resemblance to Obama is uncanny - see photo here.

Here he is in a advertisement that shows “Philippine president Gloria Arroyo” hosting a dinner with “Barack Obama” who in turn experiences dyspepsia from overeating.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

David Chihuly: An Inspiration

David Chihuly is such an inspiration. He's a glass sculptor and entrepreneur.
My son, Chet, first introduced me to his work when he was at U Dub in Seattle.
Just look at the ups and downs of his life.
From wikipedia:
  • Supported after high school by mother after his brother died in a flight-training accident and his father died of a heart attack
  • Received BA in Interior Design, then MS in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Studied glass in Venice on a Fulbright Fellowship
  • Received a Master of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Founded the Pilchuck Glass School.
  • In 76 in England, lost his left eye in a car accident
  • In 79 dislocated his shoulder in a bodysurfing accident. No longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe
  • Hired others to do it, saying, "Once I stepped back, I liked the view."
  • Said it allowed him more perspectives, and also to anticipate problems quicker
  • He describes his role as "more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor."
You'll see his work in museums and botanical gardens all over the world, as well as in stores and in people's homes! Some dynamite chandeliers too! He also has 2 retail stores - one at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the other at the MGM Grand Casino in Macau.

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