When asking humanitarians about the health of their relationships I often get a laugh and the response, “What relationships?” I get it. This work is tough on relationships. Yet a broad and deep social support network is an essential pillar of your ability to survive and thrive in your humanitarian work. Good relationships are a [...]
The following is an excerpt from a new resource Dr. Linda Wagener has developed on the topic of sexual harassment: “Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment knows how confusing, embarrassing, awkward and stressful it is. It can drain the pleasure out of work, lead to sleepless nights, anxiety, and even fear of losing your job. [...]
Watch our next segment of What’s new! Jim Guy gives a glimpse of what’s happening at the Institute this summer.
Strengthening our Response to Fear So is there anything we can do to give our upstairs brain a leg up in this struggle? Indeed in the immediate moment there is a simple technique, but it needs to be practiced. By consciously slowing down your breathing you can physiologically interrupt the amygdala emergency response. Essentially we [...]
What Messages Do I Pay Attention To? // Understanding the tug of war in our brain It is in this struggle between the upstairs and downstairs brain that we can begin to understand what is happening with the question posed (See part one). While immensely complicated both psychologically and physiologically, this conflict is the core [...]