By now, many of you have either seen or heard about the new movie on Netflix, Bird Box, which stars Sandra Bullock and is a compelling story about fear. This movie has even spawned a viral social trend called the “Bird Box Challenge”, in which live human beings attempt to engage in “challenges”. Blindfolded. To understand what a ridiculous and dangerous idea this is, you’ll have to watch the movie.
So, the holidays are upon us and again, it’s that “most wonderful time of the year”. Here we are. This is about the time that everyone’s stress levels begin to rise exponentially in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Gifts to buy, parties to attend. Kids acting out more because of stress and high energy and adults doing the same and calling it “parenting”.
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Hi again all, I am sure by now you would have read my initial thoughts, "Tapping into Your Strength Reservoir" on historical life perspectives and accomplishments which often change as they become outdated. If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and pause to visit my Linkedin article on #PonderingTuesday. Pondering Tuesday is a thread from my Visual Journaling community prompt that ended up becoming a much longer piece than usual.
Does Journaling really work? Can burnout be avoided? What even is burn-out…? Wait, do I..have burnout? How do I know if I have burnout or not…? It sounds painful….
In my article I wrote for LinkedIn, “Burnout Is An Inside Job”, I talk about burnout and its causes, which often are not directly related to anything going on in one’s external world. Rather, burn out is an “inside job” that occurs because of living in constant internal (and often unconscious) conflict about what you need and what is being asked of you.
What Your Myers-Briggs & Enneagram Personality Types Reveal About The Way You Communicate In Relationships
What kind of skills are you working with?
Some of the most common questions people ask about relationships and marriage revolve around how to improve their communication skills.
Lately, I’ve noticed an uptick in my use of screen time. I’ve never considered myself someone who can get “lost” in their screen, but I guess I have the same propensity for this as I’ve seen in other people. I have always been someone who has a reaction when I am out in public and I look around and see people buried in their phones, rather than sharing time together.
A thought that still applies today....
As a culture, we are proficient and instinctual at disconnecting from our physical bodies. We live in a society that is heavily based on a “Western medicine” approach for attending to physical symptoms. When we have a headache, we are immediately encouraged to take an aspirin to relieve the pain. We have a muscle pain or body ache, and immediately are told that we must “treat it” with medicine or exercises designed to alleviate the pain, or even in some cases that we need to have surgery.
One method that I am excited to share with you for mental support and self care is journaling, Visual Journaling to be exact. From my years in practices, journaling has been one consistent method for self introspection.
Journaling is very intimate, very personal, and helps you retreating from your thoughts. So without further ado, for those interested, join our Visual Journaling Expanding Your Emotional Intelligence community
Does knowing one predict the other?
As you may already know, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) and the Enneagram of Personality are two of the most widely used personality tests today.
While each of these tools is based on its own theory of how personality traits align in combination to form a fixed number of psychological types, people often wonder how much their Myers-Briggs type reveals about their Enneagram type, and vice versa.
The short answer is:
Separately, they are rich. Together, they are powerful.
When it comes to understanding yourself and the way your inherent personality traits affect all aspects of your life and your relationships with others, gaining deeper insight into two of the most highly regarded theories and instruments for assessing personality types — the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Enneagram system of personality— can help you learn far more about the core of who you are and how you operate in the world, both when you are centered and when you are under stress.