Thriving Under Fire Blog

Our legal right to be angry

Posted by John Faisandier on Mar 20, 2014 12:48:12 PM

Alan Duff reappeared in court in Taupo last week and was acquitted of charges against him. He allegedly shouted in the face of a policewoman who stopped him for speeding and then tried to handcuff him. Duff told 3News he was angry with the policewoman. “I was angry but my lawyer did point out that a senior judge said that the right to speak inoffensively is no right at all. In other words, we are allowed to show emotion and everything else”

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Topics: Angry, Blog, Upset People, Aggressive, Alan Duff, Law

Judges Comments about Award

Posted by John Faisandier on Mar 20, 2014 12:44:44 PM

The TUF: Thriving Under Fire programme was honoured at the recent New Zealand Association of Training and Development Education Trust Awards when John Faisandier received the Training Award for Facilitation/Delivery.

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Topics: Blog, sensitivity, Agitated, feelings, Judges, staying calm, Training Award, Uncategorized, Upset

Becoming OK Part 2

Posted by John Faisandier on Mar 20, 2014 12:37:59 PM

The process of changing our life position begins in earnest during adolescence when we develop competence and confidence in many things. With loving support and encouragement of mentors and peers, we gradually develop a sense of ‘OKness’.   We need to be able to admit that at times we feel ‘not OK’. We need to be able to live with that discomfort and trust we can also change.

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Topics: Blog, I'm OK You're OK, Life Positions, Self-Care

Becoming OK

Posted by John Faisandier on Mar 20, 2014 12:34:45 PM

I’m OK, You’re OK.  These life positions are chosen by a child when they are between two and three years old. The most common position chosen is “I’m not OK, You’re OK”.    That is “I am little, I can’t do a lot of things, I can’t express myself clearly, I am clumsy and need lots of help from you, my parents and caregivers.  “You, on the other hand, always help me. You clean me up, you can reach things, you feed me, you give me cuddles and you love me. You are OK.”  This is the position a person lives with until they consciously change it.   Many people don’t like the discomfort of this position and unconsciously try to overcome that by ‘acting as if’ they are OK. No matter how hard they try to do things well and be OK deep down they feel ‘not OK’.   This life position becomes a problem when there is a conflict, such as when a customer is upset. If the customer takes the superior position they will act as if ‘they are OK’. They might rant and rave. They may complain loudly. The person on the receiving end will act according to their life script and act as if ‘I’m not OK’. More next time on what we can do about it.

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Topics: Blog, I'm OK You're OK, Life Positions, Self-Care

Managing Emotions

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