Category: Psychology

  • Millennials – an astro-generational profile in action

    Let’s assume that the generation known as the Millennials (also known as Generation Y) were born between 1982-2004, a period of about twenty-two years. Let’s also assume that a recent article in The Atlantic (16 January 2018) is correct that not only are the Millennials the most ‘stressed’ generation in recent history, but they also […]

  • As I prepare.

    As you might know, in just a few days, I’ll commence my program in narrative coaching. Exciting times. In preparation for this, I’ve been tasked with addressing a series of interesting questions such as the following: Which assumptions, habits, stories or outdated practices could you let go of in order to free yourself to work […]

  • Attachment Theory & Narrative Coaching

    Recent studies show that the stories we tell ourselves become so enmeshed with our cognitive functions, that they – and not any accurate assessment of actual experience –  underpin 80% of our actions. According to ‘attachment theory’, the majority of these stories are formed during infancy, when we are first bonding with ‘mother’. Not only […]

  • As I prepare…

    In just a few days, I’ll commence my program in narrative coaching. Exciting times. To kick things off, I’ve been asked why I want to be a coach and why I’m chosing narrative coaching. I’ve studied psychological astrology for many years and have come to appreciate how much it can help us navigate our lives. […]

  • Zen riddles that I like…

    Kõ-an – a paradox anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logic and provoke a more direct perception of reality called enlightenment. Kõ-ans have always exercised an intellectual fascination over those who have come in contact with them. Some have found Kõ-ans profound and intellectually challenging while others have dismissed […]

  • What’s the purpose of coaching?

    Some say that the purpose of coaching is to optimise ‘performance’. This suggests a standard against which ‘performance’ will be measured. Understandable. Many traditional coaching models rely on sports-based analogies like that espoused by Gallwey Their approach is to match the coachee’s inner and outer games, as might an athlete in order to win his […]

  • The Future of Coaching – Vision, Leadership, and Responsibility

    This afternoon, I joined the first of four webinars where Hetty Einzig speaks on the future of coaching. Some of the ideas expressed were music to my ears. The primary point, from which all else flows, is that the environment in which coaches practice now is not the same as it was forty years ago. […]

  • Psychodynamic Coaching

    Yet another interesting coaching model uses the Psychodynamic Approach, the stated purpose of which is to expand the client’s capacity for emotional regulation. Baseline is that the client already regulates his emotional response when confronted with people and/or situations. Unfortunately, however, he usually has little or no consciousness about what is happening much less why. […]

  • Existential Coaching

    Another coaching model of interest is Existential Coaching – which, like all coaching paradigms, seeks to facilitate positive change. If (1) the popular sports-based models (T-GROW) focus on increased performance and (2)  narrative coaching focuses on crafting a new client story, then (3) Existential Coaching beats a unique path in between. According to Ernesto Spinelli, […]

  • Narrative Coaching

    When it comes to coaching models, it is certainly not the case that one size fits all. So far, the one that I like most is called Narrative Coaching. It’s described as a ‘mindful, experiential and holistic approach’ to shift my client’s stories thereby generating new options for desired change. The idea is that stories […]