This is my bag. After years of working in the corporate world where psychological safety was non-existent, ultimately paying a huge price with my mental health, I wanted to learn everything I could to flourish and thrive in work and life.
I did my Masters dissertation on Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs) in the Workplace to see if the research really offered substantial results. I’m happy to say it did. It was during the 8 months of intense study on flourishing, thriving, and positive psychology that led me to NOW focus on psychological safety and overall wellbeing in the workplace.
So, for the past 10 years, I’ve been piling up knowledge on psychological constructs, researching different regions of the brain, and learning therapeutic techniques to find “my process” to help others. Becoming a psychological coach helped, but I want to make a difference in organisations.
The Framework That Brought it Together
A new (2020) and very poignant research paper has just organised what has been sitting in my head for years. A framework for psychological wellbeing that includes psychological constructs, research from cognitive and affective neuroscience and application from clinical psychology. Whoop!!!
I have outlined the main findings here and added my insight. I will be using this to create a foundation for my work as an outsourced CWO. If this resonates with you, please comment and connect because this is right where we ALL need to be to instil psychological safety in organisations and our individual lives to be better humans.
WHAT’S THE SCIENCE?
A new paper titled, The Plasticity of Wellbeing, outlined in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), takes a three-prong integrative approach to wellbeing. I have been harping on in my lectures and at events - we need a psychological, neuroscience and therapeutic approach to well-being (to align with the physical and nutritional approaches).
First, some background:
Wellbeing is studied from all angles in science, with most of the findings coming from concepts that affect “flourishing”. Interventions have linked flourishing with physical…