Current Reading: Atomic habits - James Clear (40%), Can't Hurt Me - David Goggins (5:00:00 remaining), and How to Change Your Mind - Michael Pollan (pg. 304).
Supplemental Engagements: "Helping athletes, coaches and teams grasp with the importance of mental health and wellness" - Counseling Today. This is an interview with Dr. Shaun Tyrance; just the second full time team clinician for the NFL. Dr. Tyrance is in his second year with the Kansas City Chiefs his role covers a range of services including individual therapy, draft prospect evaluation, performance consultant, and mental health resource coordinator for players and staff members of the organization. The Counseling Today article is not online, so here is a link to an announcement by the Chiefs.
Concepts Covered: Transitioning through new work environments and recognizing the strengths of strong companies to diversify sources of validation for employees. Many companies say they value your personal growth and want you to take steps towards development (trainings and workshops) only to make your review all about the bottom line, or your output. Some companies are learning to place equal value on development which can provide great insulation for top performers during challenging quarters. This is hard to do! And takes significant buy-in at all levels of the company.
Also covered were topics of attachment and the fear response that emerges at signs of the attachment being stressed/ distance being sensed. Everyone holds numerous (and distinct) defense mechanisms to prevent experiencing the fear or sadness of the thought of losing our primary attachment. Certain comments made by a partner may remind us of that fear and activate the defenses. This can manifest as striking back, harsh comments, or projecting a sense of how upset they would be without the relationship. Most challenging is to acknowledge our core emotional response (fear of loss of attachment), which is innate and within everyone, and to accept ourselves for wanting to maintain these important connections in our lives. This also relates to our use of ego states chart (to be included in the resources) and tapping exercises that work through layers to get to the core of emotional disruptions.
Future Directions: Covid reflections (approaching one year), how professional sports are integrating mental health and performance psychology to their organizations, and use of performance hypnotherapy.
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