Interpersonal & Group Psychology
William Bergquist and Kevin Weitz Man would fain be great and sees that he is little; would fain be happy …
We all know the benefits of a close and loving relationship between grandparents and their young grandchildren. What we often overlook, however; is the incredible richness and significance of these multi-generational relationships among adult grandchildren.We believe that these benefits accrue not just to grandparents, but also to the older men and women who choose to spend high quality time with young people.
The communication of empathy with another provides a supportive context, even a healing aspect for both client and practitioner whether coach, consultant, or therapist. Two-way empathy supports a client’s self-validation and can encourage further self-exploration. As change agents, we are a thought partner who allows a client to move to deeper levels of self-exploration with our empathetic communication.
When I introduce the stabilized interaction model into our analysis of Quad Four dynamics, several interesting results occur. They all …
The disjointed model highlights the dynamic interaction between Quad Four and it’s opposite quadrant, Quad One. While the original Johari Window requires that Quad Four material move through Quad Two or Quad Three before moving on to Quad One, the disjointed model allows for an immediate movement of Quad Four material into Quad One.
According to Luft (in all of his optimism), there is the opportunity for something wonderful (even magical) to occur—resulting from the movement of Quad Four material (through Quads Two and Three) to Quad One
The fourth quadrant is filled with paradox and enigma. It provokes a convoluted question: “How do we know Quad Four exists, if no one is aware of what’s in it?” Even if we accept “on faith” that Quad Four material does exist, how do we discover what is in this quadrant and how do we appreciate the impact which Quad Four content has on the other three quadrants?
In Quad One, the fundamental issue regarding locus of control resides in the dynamics of individualism versus conformity. In American and Northern European societies, strong emphasis is often placed on individualism and the right—even obligation— of individuals to stake out their own distinctive identity. This individualistic imperative, in turn, requires the assumption of internal locus of control. We can’t stake out a distinctive public self, without believing that we can ignore or overcome our personal history, our present environment, and the expectations that other people place on us because of our social-economic class, gender, race, ethnic background and so forth. This individualism and internal locus of control is reinforced by the media (“self-made man”) and reward systems (“find the responsible party”)..
The Global Psychology Task Force has moved to a focus on perspectives and practices regarding the relationships between people — especially in a psychotherapy, coaching and consulting relationship.