Tag Archives: Positive Psychology

The Art of Powerless Communication

open-micI recently shared the presentation below at the first Chapter Meeting of the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia. The presentation is loosely based on the work and talk of Adam Grant at TEDxEast in 2013 and explores power dynamics in communication.

Specifically what to do when you are intimidated and you feel powerless in that situation. Our go-to strategy is to proclaim our individual excellence and competence, but that may not be the best strategy to employ to win over the audience.                    Enjoy…

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The positivity ratio is a concept in positive psychology suggesting that a ratio of positive to negative emotions distinguishes “flourishing” people from “languishing” people.

The ratio was proposed by Marcial Losada and psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, who identified a ratio of positive to negative affect of exactly 2.9013 as separating flourishing from languishing individuals in a 2005 paper in American Psychologist. This means that in order for any person or team to flourish we need to have about 3 to 1 positive versus negative experiences.

We recently discussed the positivity ratios suggested by Barbara Fredrickson in a few training sessions.

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