by life’s trials along the way.

Rattle Your Imagination

lately, I’ve been studying the theories of self-efficacy by Albert Bandura. simply put, Self-efficacy is defined as one’s belief in her capability and capacity to reach her goals. In the study of efficacy, issues of personal motivation comes up often —we are motivated by support, reward, successes in the past, how we feel about out successes. But then, success is subjective: if we feel successful or interpret events as indications of our success, then our self-efficacy is improved. So, it is not the objective success at all that makes us feel good. It is our subjective interpretation of the event that makes us feel good.

Back now to Calvin and Hobbes. I posit that if we can ‘rattle’ our negative minds from time to time and dustbin our nay-saying thoughts, we will be: 1. happier; 2. able to construct more creative solutions; 3. become more productive; 4. feel better about ourselves. We have so much negativity that emptying them out will give us so much more mental space to be creative because laughter, positivity, enjoyment, ‘just having fun with life’ shifts our mental state. And that is where the magic happens.


What can you do different?

Learning under Maria Angeles (Jelly) Virata, MA, RGC, MSFP. Master Solution Focused Practitioner (Trained in John Kennedy, for MA in counselling psychology), ICF certified coach

Upgrading my skills through advanced modules on Solution-Focused Therapy. The theory works on the assumption that remaining positive in problem solving is more than half the solution to the problem. Therapist is acts as guide as client finds his solution to the problem. It is the client who know what is the best solution to the problem— she is the expert in her own life. The solution focused approach focuses on client’s strengths, competencies, “what is going well”, “what is working” , and actions forwards preferred futures.

Unlike other therapies that promotes the need to understand why an event happened, in this approach, there is no need to understand the why an event happened. It simply focus on the client’s resources. Through the process, the client and therapist look for exceptions of the times when the problem occurred, look for small wins to build large change because it is thorough small wins that clients experience themselves as competent and successful to make change.

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