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Ironic Processes and Change

February 10, 2014

We cannot change anything unless we accept it.”
- Carl Jung

Carl Jung, the brilliant Swiss psychiatrist, challenged common thinking by pointing to a fundamental paradox: the rules or operating system of the outer world and the inner world are radically different. In the outer world, we can...

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Freedom Through Expansion

February 7, 2014

At 18 years old, when I began working with A.A. Leath, Jr., I was highly self-critical. I was extremely perfectionistic. Nothing I did was good enough. If I received an A, it should have been an A+. I was merciless. If you imagine that this was a particularly difficult time in my life, you are...

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Expanding Your Sense of Self

A Prerequisite for Acceptance

February 4, 2014

I was fortunate to work with several amazing teachers and mentors in my late teens and early twenties. I honor Ellen Moore from the University of Wisconsin with the idea and subsequent skill development of learning how to listen inwardly and follow the impulse from within with exquisite...

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FIRO Theory Increases Understanding, Part 3

Self-Concept: The Driver for Beliefs and Behaviors

January 31, 2014

If you are following our blog, you read that FIRO is an acronym for Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation. Translated, it is about how an individual relates to other people. If you haven't yet read my blog entitled FIRO Theory Increases Understanding, I recommend starting there...

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FIRO Theory Increases Understanding, Part 2

January 27, 2014

If you are following our blog, you read that FIRO is an acronym for Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation. Translated, it is about how an individual relates to other people. If you haven't yet read my blog entitled FIRO Theory Increases Understanding, I recommend starting there...

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Using FIRO Theory to Create High Performance Teams

January 22, 2014

Creating high performance teams requires more than a quality product delivered on time and at cost. It means that management develops an environment of trust in which each person is treated with dignity and respect and mandates that management engages with employees in positive, meaningful...

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FIRO Theory 101

January 21, 2014

Developed by Will Schutz, Ph.D., the FIRO theory (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation) helps people become aware of their own and others’ behavior and beliefs. This umbrella theory encompasses many of the theories you’ve learned regarding how people relate to each other in a thorough,...

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FIRO Theory Increases Understanding

January 20, 2014

FIRO is an acronym for Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation. Translated, it is about how an individual relates to other people.

I met Will Schutz, creator of the theory, in 1980. As he explained his theory to me, I had several strong reactions:

  • I loved the simplicity of it. It used...
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The Value of Deeper Understanding

January 18, 2014

At first I understood that I was broken. Then I understood that I was fixed. Then I understood that it was a little more complex than that.

I became aware of my behaviours – essentially, my reactions. I understood that these were linked somehow to intense feelings within me. I found myself in...

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The Gift of Understanding Our Brains

January 14, 2014

Here is a simple model to help understand how our brains function. I call it “The Choice Tree.” It was developed to help people understand defensive reactions and to learn how to manage their reactivity better. Because it uses a simple visual diagram, it is easy to remember and...

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