Balancing Interactions

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

George Bernard Shaw

This workshop provides a deep understanding of our social nature with practical skills in managing our emotional exchanges for more constructive outcomes. The sessions are about balance.  It is about maintaining our psychological and emotional balance when interacting with other people (or indeed, when interacting with ourselves as we ‘talk to ourselves’). The benefits that accrue are enhanced emotional stability and self-esteem.

The workshop is grounded in an understanding of human beings from the perspective of evolutionary psychology. As such, we are a fundamentally social species forever in dynamics involving esteem and the balancing of interests between people. The Parent-Adult-Child model of Transactional Analysis (TA) is used as a practical means to practise ways of managing these dynamics for more win-win interactions. Participants are given the opportunity to understand and practice a range of interaction styles and to realise that we always have ‘influence’ when we interact with others.

The TA model is integrated with an understanding of the human brain as containing three emotion regulation systems: the Drive, Threat and Compassion systems. The ‘Adult’ within us can recognise which of these systems needs to be in charge and can thereby help balance our emotions relative to the circumstance that confront us.