“First Night cleverly addresses the big questions of our time about how we deal with technology of today and the looming technological breakthroughs that are coming without destroying ourselves or losing our humanity. And does it in a personal, suspenseful and entertaining way.
~ James Weaver, clinical psychologist and playwright
In the last blog, I asked you to evaluate yourself in five areas. The first area had to do with being able to communicate well with other people and being able to talk to other people. The second area had to do with being able to make and maintain friendships and relationships with others. The third had to do with being able to make changes in your life when you need to, e.g., being able to be flexible. The fourth area had to do with how you feel about yourself and your ability to feel positive about yourself and give yourself credit for the accomplishments in your life. The last area had to do with controlling your emotions, especially very strong ones, and emotions that other people might perceive as negative, e.g., anger.
In this blog post, we’re going to be talking about the skills and the attitudes that you have to deal with adversity in your life. I’m going to ask you to rate yourself on a five-point scale as to how good or not so good you are at being able to exercise the skills that I will be asking you about. Continue reading “Looking at Yourself: Part One”
Most acts of terrorism in this country in the last ten years have been committed by persons radicalized in this country, not newly arriving immigrants or terrorists who have come across our borders. These are people who have grown up in this country. Some are first generation Americans, but many are fifth or tenth generation Americans. But all have one thing in common. They have not been integrated into our society. They have not been integrated into our society not because they rejected us and our values, but unfortunately because in many ways we have rejected them. Continue reading “The Truth About Radicalization A false sense of purpose.”
Communities must work together to become resilient. Please enjoy this piece from our Guest Blogger: Richard C. Lumb, Ph. D.
As loud voices erupt to demand their particular agenda, the focus of disruption is often against police. Remove the effectiveness of police and social chaos emerges. Dampen the courage of leaders in support of order and chaos occurs. Active or tacit refusal to demand social order for the substantial majority of citizens has the effect of emboldening the aberrant behaviors. Peaceful protest, making a convincing argument and seeking collaborative change disappears to be replaced with chaos, and the effect on many is an unnecessary fear. Continue reading “Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration”
“Ever wondered what life would be like if you had 50% more drive? Scrap that – how about 10%? With just a smidgen more purpose in your gut, you could be the go-getter you always wanted to be, finally mastering that guitar solo, winning that big promotion and getting that novel finished. It’s not out of reach. According to many experts, this drive to succeed is a finite source we create within ourselves, rather than a natural one: ‘Willpower isn’t something you’re born with,’ weighs in Dr Ron Breazeale, a US clinical psychologist specialising in resilience training, ‘It’s something you develop, create and move forward with.’ With the help of Breazeale, RISING reveals how to carpe the hell out of that diem.”
“First Night had me hooked. The dialogue of characters is sharp and adds to the development of the story. Like most authors Ron reveals many of his high integrity and values through his main character but also in others. You’ll find humor, spies, psychology, disability, skepticism, and compassion for humanity mixed into First Night.” ~ Dennis Fitzgibbons
BounceBack is a serious game, a tool to help build mental toughness by asking people to respond to real world challenges using the Skills & Attitudes of resilience.
We hope to have our first decks available for purchase by September 2017. Watch our No Cost Resilience Tools page for the free downloadable Demonstration Deck.
We suggest several ways to use BounceBack below. But you may choose to use these cards differently. That’s the beauty of BounceBack. It’s flexible. It can be used alone, with a coach, with a peer or in a small group. There are many ways to use BounceBack. Take a look at our suggestions below or create your own game according to your unique needs.
“First Night is a wonderful tale of hope and cynicism spun from the whole cloth of down home Maine humor and fundamental values. The book is a page-turning flight of fancy that captured modern man’s struggle with assimilating new technologies without losing the fabric of past times. I loved it. A fast read that took me to other times and places I hadn’t had time to think about since my iPad crashed!”
Captain W. Russell Webster, CEM, US Coast Guard (Ret.), Maritime Author and Historian