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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dramafied Triggers of Learning

Emotional triggers are a survival response. As part of growing up, we associated pain with whatever else was happening when we got hurt. Each of us has personal triggers that promote reactive behaviors. We can't control our triggers, especially those from early childhood experience. We can learn to manage them IF we recognize they exist. Otherwise, we resist learning new knowledge.

                                               When EEK is emotionally triggered.

When GRR is emotionally triggered.


When POO is emotionally triggered.

When UGH is emotionally triggered.


When AH HA is emotionally triggered.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dramafied Resistance to Learning

Embracing and integrating new information is challenging, especially if it cracks the foundation of what you believe you already know. Nor is it unusual to get stuck during the natural progression that leads to to acceptance. Reactive behaviors to new knowledge includes:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dramafied Characters of Reactive Emotion

The dramafied process of integrating new knowledge (especially when in threatens a foundation of belief and understanding)  provokes emotion and resistance. Surrendering to your feelings is less about control and more about management. The order of emotional experience can vary and periodically turn in on itself.These are the main characters:.

EEK is about fear and the freak out that comes with confronting new information whose ramifications could force you to change your mind. Your sense of security and confidence is challenged.

GRR is a natural followup of the anger and frustration as you re-evaluate your beliefs.

POO can result in feelings of defeat because you are forced to recognize denial. However, it can also be an indication of your willingness to grieve over letting go of old beliefs.

UGH, like POO, can move you forward or stop you in your tracks with the depression that comes from recognizing a change is needed. However, it can also serve as a waiting period while your thoughts and emotions move towards acceptance.

AH HA is the payoff. There is great joy in changing your mind due to new knowledge, The spark of the moment of AH HA brings information together in a way that opens the door to new knowledge.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Dramafied Feeling Map

Whether it is face-to-face or online, interactions stimulate both thinking and feeling. The Dramafied Feeling Map is a way to track reactions to facts and opinions that contradict what we believe to be true. Articulating how we feel is a first step, but management is usually required.

EEEK is not only as much about surprise as it is fear. New information can threaten to disrupt the foundation of understanding.

POO allows sadness to turn into denial. New  information can threaten one's sense of self and identity.

UGH is a way of shutting down in frustration. New information may be blocked.

GRRR is the anger that comes with rejection that surfaces when our foundation of belief and understanding is threatened.

AH HA is that special moment of validation or acceptance when we integrate new information and gain new insight.

We cycle through these emotions when learning new information. Why? Because we are living beings. Not even the best science of the brain explains what that means.

Acknowledging emotional baggage helps us manage those feelings so we can think with greater vision and clarity.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Context Rules

Most women and many men have experienced some kind of harassment in all types of workplaces. However, sexual and racial harassment are not about words, they are about power dynamics and pervasive behaviors within a context. 

The hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas included sexual harassment accusations by Anita Hill. That was 1991. Following his confirmation, corporations and government agencies embraced not only anti-harassment training, but welcomed effective and innovative approaches. Their goal was to increase reporting so they could resolve issues to avoid legal action. However, filing a claim or suing an organization for harassment is not only difficult, but expensive for the accuser. 

Two decades later, sexual abuse and harassment are in the headlines. Sadly, these repugnant behaviors are not being assessed based on context. Political arguments can also tailor facts and ignore context. Why ponder ramifications and underlying circumstances when a meme can capture and promote ideas out of context?

Thinking is required to investigate each and every unique context as a way of finding resolution. Setting aside money for settlements only maintains a sexualized or racially charged working environment. The process of training and reporting needs to be less about blame and more about good management. 

Time for everyone to step up - especially those in power who need to think about not only professional ramifications, but the personal damages. Will thinking replace reaction and cover-up? Will we opt for context rather than generalizations? Hard to know.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Changing Your Mind

There are many types of online debaters on the multitude of platforms. These activities can be fun or serve as an outlet for frustration. Supposed debates that are ineffective include:

  • mutual ranting with rhetoric and memes
  • name-calling instead of providing substance
  • arguments that rely on fallacies
  • whining without making a point
Debates like these aren't really debates at all. Debate requires engagement, listening and focus. The best part of a good debate is that at the very least, you will learn something - you might even change your mind.

Re-evaluating and discarding arguments that you've always used is a challenge. You are required to dig deep and discover why you chose to believe such a thing in the first place. It's personal and conditioned by the nurturing you received or by those you deemed a reliable authority.

Letting go of a belief is a remarkable experience. Sometimes setting yourself up to change your mind is divine.Talk about a high.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sigmos, Memes & Brands

Consider these definitions:

sigmo = a significant moment of "ah ha" or laughter
meme =  a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea
brand = a mark of quick and effective identification

When presenting your thoughts, debating and writing, you're marketing your ideas. This begins with giving your target market a significant moment of validation, recognition or amusement as an initial means of engagement. Turning those ideas into memes has challenged even the best marketers. Why does some rhetoric or certain pictures go viral? No one really knows. However, although a few turn successful memes into a career, the life of most memes is short.

Branding gives ideas and written materials long life. Whether you like him or not, President Trump is a master of branding. His rants at rallies offer a vision that feeds the needs of his base. The rhetoric is memorable even when inappropriate. His brand is so powerful, there is little he can do to hurt his brand in the eyes of those who support him.

When thinking about the presentation or writing of ideas, consider branding. Grab your market with a sigmo and help your target market make a personal identification with your work. If you're lucky enough to see any or all of your work turn into a meme, use it to turn your work into a brand to maintain your market. 

The only hazard of branding (and memes) is they often take on a life of their own if you're not careful, and sometimes even when you are.