Action chain

Many concepts claim to have found the overarching theme that can explain and sometimes also predict human behavior. In earlier articles some of the ideas were briefly mentioned, and others were called upon to aid with a tangle. It is rare to find a concept simple yet one which can be found in many theories,… Continue reading

Framing the situational conversation

Different concepts have been created in the 20th century to allow scientists and researchers to better understand people and their behavior in groups. Some of these concepts have been created “after the fact” to describe why certain events have taken place, and researchers have then tried to merge these models into their new projects. Other… Continue reading

Dimensions: Context and information

Understanding modern teams and how they contribute to a company’s competitiveness will eventually take you to dealing with a lot of models and concepts, established in the early days of organizational psychology. It is remarkable how after all studies, discussions about their validity and practical implications, after constantly revising the theoretical frameworks we use –… Continue reading

Fathoming your social #2

As discussed in the previous article, the SCARF model draws inspiration upon findings of brain-based social research. The importance of the approach-avoid response, as also stated in the article by David Rock, cannot be stressed enough. This is due to the strength of the biological response from the limbic system, namely the amygdala. This part… Continue reading

Fathoming your social #1

You may be wondering why I, an outspoken rival of over-complicating and over-using theoretical social models, keep coming back with some addition to this blog’s collection of resources. Simply put, I write about models which I have encountered, tested, and seen their added value. Come to think of it, a lot of the models are… Continue reading

Dimensions: Time

You can find a lot of materials on time management and organizational culture in the internet. At some point you may have read a few just to gain perspective into how other people are structuring their time. Tips and tricks are always welcome. As the number of popular psychology articles in this direction increases daily,… Continue reading

Communication Games and how they structure #3

  For the purpose of getting acquainted with communication games, and how transactional analysis (TA) can help you gain a different perspective, first we must define a game. Communication games are described as follows: “A game is an ongoing series of complementary ulterior transactions progressing to a well-defined, predictable outcome. Descriptively, it is a recurring set… Continue reading

4-ears communication model

Another communications model, presented by Friedemann Schulz von Thun, can perhaps give more insight into how communication comes to life in the field of practice. The 4-ears communication representation is a good reminder of how much information we receive when talking to a person, and can give us anchor points for further talks or hopefully,… Continue reading