Dr. Dan Siegel Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine
Dr. Dacher Keltner Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley
Community Partnership for Mindfulness in Education (CPME) of Park Day School Laurie Grossman, Megan Cowan, Richard Shankman co-founders
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS Dr. Dan Siegel, University of California, Los Angeles
Mindsight and Social and Emotional Intelligence What is the "Mind" and why is it helpful to perceive it? In this session, we'll explore how the commonly used term, "mind," is rarely defined. Yet having a working definition of the mind(which we'll discuss) enables us to see how the mind is fundamental to our inner experience of well-being, our interpersonal relationships, and even how our brain functions. "Mindsight" is a term that refers to the teachable
[B]oredom can be a crucial mental tool. In recent years, scientists have begun to identify a neural circuit called the default network, which is turned on when we're not preoccupied with something in our external environment. (That's another way of saying we're bored. Perhaps we're staring out a train window, or driving our car along a familiar route, or reading a tedious text.) At first glance, these boring moments might seem like a great time for the brain to go quiet, to reduce metabolic activity and save some glucose for later. But that isn't what happens. The bored brain is actually incredibly active, as it generates daydreams and engages in mental time travel. In particular, there seems to be an elaborate electrical conversation between the front and rear parts of the mind, as the medial prefrontal cortex fires in sync with areas like the posterior cingulate and precuneus.
What's the point of all this activity? Why are the disparate parts of the cortex talking to each other? ...
Click to read the rest of Boredom (The Frontal Cortex).
Excerpt from the first interview of Bruce Tulgan, a non-practicing lawyer:
...I've been conducting in-depth interviews with young people in the workplace steadily since 1993. That was shortly before the oldest Gen Yers—those on the cusp of Generation X—started arriving in the workplace as teenagers. Since then, we've followed Gen Yers as they have become the new young workforce and have been developing a comprehensive picture of who they are, how they became that way, and what motivates them. Of course, the identity of any generation is very complex and is always constantly changing. When I describe GenYers, I am making vast generalizations about tens of millions of people. Every individual has his or her own unique story. But there are broad trends in attitude and behavior that shift with each generation.
Generation Y is the generation of kids where every kid did get a trophy, just for participating. So many so-called 'experts' have jumped onto the bandwagon of this topic, but our research shows that most of these so-called 'experts' have got it all wrong. In many recent books and articles, many of these 'experts' argue that, since Gen Yers have always gotten a trophy just for showing up, maybe
The Operations Director of the International Mediation Institute e-mailed me an article with the above title. Irena Vanenkova writes:
I would like to offer you the article Can Mediation Evolve into a Global Profession? by Michael McIlwrath, Senior Counsel-Litigation, GE Oil & Gas, Florence, Italy and Chairman of the Board of IMI, where he presents the perspective of a leading corporate user of mediation services on the vital issue of evolving Mediation into a Global Profession for the future growth of mediation.
Excerpt from the article:
[M]ethods of dispute resolution ... over time adapt to changes in their surrounding environments. In fact, I recently had the privilege of interviewing cultural anthropologist Robert Carniero, curator of South American ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, who explained his experiences living for periods with different tribes in the Amazon basin, and their approaches to dispute resolution. As Dr. Carniero explains it, primitive and rather brutal forms of dispute resolution – such as beating each other with heavy wooden clubs – works just fine when the groups consist of no more than 50 or 100 people and those not content with the outcome can just move away.
Things get more complicated, however, as societies grow in size and complexity, and so far all large societies have evolved within them formal justice systems. In fact, it appears that societies cannot
When I get back from this last "leaving on a jet plane" for my family, idealawg will return to more than just Blog Globs. Geeklawyer in his infamous Blawg Review #203 commented that the idealawg post he included was one "without adding any value by way of commentary." He is correct. When I get back, I will add commentary, post thoughts. Of course, whether the posts add value will be your call.
It's a fact of life that most of us want to avoid. As life expectancy increases, more and more people will find themselves living into extreme old age--and with that, the physical and mental struggles that come along. That also means more of us in nursing homes, or assisted care situations, unable to fully take care of oursselves. It's something the baby boom generation is grappling with now as their parents grow old, and as they plan ahead for their own later years.
With such an emphasis on goals in the US, cautionary words about setting and using them are always for me a welcomed balance. A Boston Globe article this morning takes a look at the pros and cons of setting goals. From "Ready, aim ... fail: Why setting goals can backfire":
[A] few management scholars are now looking deeper into the effects of goals, and finding that goals have a dangerous side. Individuals, governments, and companies like GM show ample ability to hurt themselves by setting and blindly following goals, even those that seem to make sense at the time. These skeptics draw on a broad array of large-scale failures - the design of the Ford Pinto, the Enron collapse, the rash lending practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - as evidence of the pernicious effects of goals. Outside the workplace, these thinkers point to the unintended consequences of high-stakes testing in grade schools, and psychological literature showing that goals and other incentives can constrict our thinking. Even the scarcity of cabs on rainy days, some argue, illustrates the ways that goals can blind people to their own best interests.
The argument is not that goal setting doesn't work - it does, just not always in the way we intend. "It can focus attention too much, or on the wrong things; it can lead to crazy behaviors to get people to
Law schools are catching on. Like thousands of colleges and universities, law schools are now using Twitter to communicate with law students and the rest of the world. The central advantage of using Twitter to communicate is the immediacy of the message delivery. Using Twitter to message students can help avoid the problem of some students not receiving emails (for whatever reason) because now there is a single webpage (a Twitter feed) for all announcements. Law schools are posting links and updating students about events through Twitter.
Here is a list of law schools using Twitter. What is your law school waiting for? ...