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The Psychology of Praise

The Psychology of Praise

Positive psychology is the scientific study of wellbeing, resilience and thriving. Insights from positive psychology help us understand a bit deeper how important praise is, so let’s look at five ways we can cultivate cultures of positivity through some purposeful acts.

The Elephant and the Rider

The Elephant and the Rider

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt introduced a useful analogy for thinking about behaviour change. Haidt argues that we have two sides: an emotional side (the Elephant), and an analytical, rational side (its Rider). Haidt’s analogy has it that the Rider is rational and can therefore see a path ahead while underneath him, the Elephant provides the power for the journey. However the Elephant is irrational and driven by emotion and instinct.

What should we do to keep in control of the Elephant? As the rational Rider we might know where we want to go, but we need to motivate the Elephant by tapping into emotion.

Highlights from our #creativehuddle on neuroscience

Highlights from our #creativehuddle on neuroscience

We hold a regular #creativehuddle Twitter chat each Tuesday from 12-1pm UK time. On Tuesday 24th November our #creativehuddle considered the neuroscience around creativity, asking participants what they know about our brain and why it’s important. A highly interesting Twitter chat ensued – here’s a summary of the highlights.

Developing creativity through character

Developing creativity through character

So you’ve got a team of people who are working inefficiently. There might be some creeping attitudes, some pessimism towards change and no one seems to be working on the same page. It’s a familiar story and teams often find it difficult to get out of this vicious cycle. So consider this analogy from the world of sport…

How long does it take to change a habit?

How long does it take to change a habit?

We all know the saying ‘Old habits die hard’. It’s true, to a certain extent, but with a bit of willpower, planning and time, habits can be changed and changed for the better. That goes for workplace habits, as well as personal ones such as giving up smoking or exercising more. But how long does it take, and what’s the best approach?

Creativity and madness

Does it trivialise mental illness to suggest that the best artists produce their most important works while they are on the brink of madness? This was the suggestion made by author AL Kennedy in a recent Radio 3 Sunday Feature.