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Horse Sense Business Sense
6919 Meadows Town Road
Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Phone: (828) 683-7304
Fax: (828) 683-6281






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Social Awareness: Building Empathy and more

As we build on internal self-awareness and internal self-management in our client sessions, we begin turning our attention to social intelligence, comprised of social awareness and social facility. Social aware- ness is the ability to sense and understand others’ emotions; social facility is the ability to make informed choices utilizing this awareness.

Daniel Goleman (2006) describes social awareness as, “A spectrum that runs from instantaneously sensing another’s inner state to understanding her feelings and thoughts to ‘getting’ complicated social situations” (p. 84). This particular quote reminds me of the many clients who live on the autism spectrum, where social awareness is very much an issue. The inability to “get” social situations, understand others’ feelings and thoughts, or instantaneously sense another’s state, is a constant challenge. In many ways, we’ve been building social awareness while also building self-awareness, through observing and responding to the horse’s body language, behavior and more. The skills for self and social awareness are much the same; the subject of those skills, however, is what shifts.

Goleman (2006) breaks social awareness down into four categories:

  • Primal empathy: Feeling with others; sensing nonverbal emotional signals
  • Attunement: Listening with full receptivity; attuning to a person
  • Empathic accuracy: Understanding another person’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions.
  • Social cognition: Knowing how the social world works. (p. 84)
Developing empathy is a common issue we face in our work with youth involved in gangs or in the juvenile justice system. Goleman (2006) describes empathy as “feeling with others; sensing non-verbal emotional signals” (p. 84). To support the development of empathy, we’ll examine the body language of both horse and human to explore the various meanings one can ascribe to a posture. For example, what does it mean

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Just Take a Vacation Already!

According to an Oxford Economics survey of 971 employees, four in ten U.S. workers finished 2013 with unused paid time off - leaving an average of 3.2 days still on the table!  Make no mistake, employers want to see hard work and commitment from their workers. So, although you may take pride in the fact that you slog through weeks and months without taking a vacation, your performance and productivity are suffering.  In regards to your personal mental health - your brain needs a break!!

Your brain becomes exhausted by continuous work; every time you step away from your responsibilities for an hour at lunch or a weekend with family and friends, you give your brain an important breather. In fact, upon returning to work after taking some time off, 75% of managers in the Oxford survey reported feeling recharged and refreshed, 50% said they were more focused and 41% say they felt less stressed.  All those benefits are good for your work and good for you!  

Here's some helpful tips:
Try Something New: when you focus your attention on something else, you give your brain a great chance to recover from the daily grind.

Work at Mastering a New Skill or Interest: Learning, starting and then getting the hang of something helps both your mental and physical resources.

Sign off from work.  Do.Not.Check.Email: every time you check back in, you don't have that psychological disconnect anymore.  Even if it is "just for a minute" - you've totally defeated the purpose of being away.

Believe it - you are important, but not so important that you can't step away to recharge your batteries!  You will return with a renewed enthusiasm and energy for your work!


Responding vs Reacting: Developing Self-Management

Self-management is the next step toward developing core emotional intelligence competencies. Once the client starts becoming more self-aware in identifying patterns and thoughts, emotions and impulses become less likely to hijack the client in any given situation, he can begin disengaging from automatic pilot; the client can listen for the important information his emotions contain, and begin responding rather than reacting. The client gets to take back awareness, then control the response. Some of the Skill Cards we might use to highlight these ideas include: 33: Responding to Fear, 34: Touch and Go, and 35: Approach and Retreat.

Self-management encompasses responding and adapting one’s emotions and impulses to the circumstances, and horses often provide a great opportunity to work with this issue. So many people are enthralled by horses and afraid of them at the same time; there’s a huge learning opportunity for self-management in this circumstance alone (Skill Card 15: Learning Zones applies here). Clients who show up with fear issues around horses can play with the edges of their emotions and impulses in a safe environment. Do they want to turn tail and run (flight)? Do they shut down to the point where they can’t move (freeze)? Or do they come out swinging (fight)? An appropriate Skill Card might include 33: Responding to Fear.

Self-management is especially important in tense and emotionally charged situations when one’s default, auto-pilot mode is reactive to any and all stimulus. If clients had the balance and the time to engage the thinking side of their brain, they might recognize they’re not in a fight-or-flight situation.

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