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Words & music the examined life 2013


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Creative experiences - writing, making and listening to music, art, improvisation - are the most direct pathway to developing the mind and skill set associated with emotional intelligence. This power point was part of a presentation at The Examined Life Conference at the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, April 11-13, 2013.

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Words & music the examined life 2013

  1. 1. The Examined LifeConference:Writing, Humanities andThe Art of Medicine April 11-13, 2013 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
  2. 2. A story about listening0 “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”0 Albert Einstein
  3. 3. “The Night I Met Einstein” by Jerome Weidman 0 “’Just allow yourself to listen,” he whispered. “That is all.’ 0 It wasn’t really all, of course. Without the effort he had just poured out for a total stranger I would never have heard, as I did that night for the first time in my life, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze.” I have heard it many times since. I don’t think I shall ever tire of it. Because I never listen to it alone. I am sitting beside a small, round man with a shock of untidy white hair, a dead pipe clamped between his teeth, and eyesstories/inspiring/the- that contain in their extraordinarynight-i-met- 0 warmth all the wonder of the world.”einstein/#ixzz2QmKkrpXj
  4. 4. The arts, creativity and joy: about chemistry0 Dopamine is produced 0 “Thus, we feel rewarded when we create new in the oldest part of the objects or actions, and brain, the brainstem, but since creativity is based on released in the the decisions made by the creator, the reward system newest, the cortex— kicks in when we are in where we control and inventing things that we have create, think, decide, and thought of ourselves. plan.” James Zull, “Arts, Neuroscience Freedom and ownership and Learning,” New Horizons for Learning (March 2005): para. 10. 20 Nov. 2005 are part and parcel of the <>. neurochemistry of the arts.”
  5. 5. Every response we give to another person involves our intellect and emotions.The intellectcomposes themessage, and theemotions provideanimation and grace.Howard Hopkins, retired teacher, Montreal
  6. 6. Emotional Intelligence: its not (only) what you feelEmotion is to Its what youthinking what think aboutmusic is to a what you feellyric.
  7. 7. “The skill to combine intellect andemotion in this dramatic andpowerful fashion is emotionalintelligence, and it possesses thepower to elevate even the commonexchanges of everyday encountersfrom the base level of you-and-me tothe sublimity of I-and-Thou!”Howard Hopkins, retired teacher,
  8. 8. Emotional Intelligence is as important as technical or academic intelligence. 0 Interpersonal skills are found to be as essential as medical knowledge and technical skill in the operating room 0 Medical errors – with resulting complications and sometimes catastrophic outcomes for patients – were found to be directly related to communication failures among medical and surgical teams. 0 Social, relational, and organizational factors - are complex and relate to hierarchical differences, concerns with upward influence, conflicting roles and role ambiguity, and interpersonal power and conflict. Michelle O’Daniel & Alan Rosenstein, “Professional Communication and Team Collaboration” Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality April 2008.
  9. 9. Emotional Intelligence is associated with the ability to:0 accurately appraise oneself;0 perceive and understand one’s own emotions and the emotions of others;0 form and maintain intimate relationships;0 express and manage emotions;0 regulate and control the expression of emotions;0 validate one’s thinking and feeling;0 handle change and effectively solve problems. Mark Slaski and Susan Cartwright, “Emotional intelligence training and its implications for stress, health and performance” Stress and Health Volume 19 2003
  10. 10. The creative process of emotional growth0 Emotional Intelligence is involved in the capacity to perceive 0Respectful emotion, assimilate listening, emotion-related feelings, understand the 0Self-and-other- information of those emotions and manage awareness, Self- them.” Mayer, J.D., Salovey, P., & regulation, Caruso, D. (2000). Models of emotional intelligence. In R.J. Steinberg (Ed.), Handbook of intelligence. 0Creativity Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 0Sense of play
  11. 11. Listening is the most fundamental component of interpersonal communicationListening is not somethingthat just happens, it is anactive process in which aconscious decision is made tolisten to and understand themessages of the speaker.0 “The skills you need” html#ixzzsMpHTGa5Y
  12. 12. “When others speak, we typically divide our attention between what they are saying now andwhat they are going to say next - For many of us, the opposite of talking isn’t listening, it’s waiting.” Daniel Pink, To Sell Is Human, Riverhead Books, 2012, p. 190
  13. 13. The nonverbal dialogue0 “Human interaction is nonlinear and characterized by unpredictable and emergent patterns of meaning or patterns of relating that self-organize without anyones intention or direction. These patterns emerge from the relationship process itself. Words and phrases or nonverbal gestures introduced into dialogue merge with memories, beliefs, judgments, and emotions in each individual. These interior dimensions of the relationship process are invisible to the researching observer. They occur in an internal dialogue within the brain and body of each participant.”0 F. Daniel Duffy, “Complexity and Healing Relationships” Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2006 January; 21(S1): S45–S47.
  14. 14. “Artistic and scientific approaches need not be at oddsbut must be carefully harmonized.” “When Should A Process Be Art, Not Science?” Harvard Business Review, March 2009,
  15. 15. Creative experiences cultivate the competencies of Emotional Intelligence Creative process: Emotional0 Full engagement with the creative Intelligence process and partners; 0 Focused awareness of0 Focused attention; internal experience;0 Observational skills; 0 The ability to focus attention0 Awareness of and responsiveness to and make creative choices; new information that emerges through interaction; 0 Capacity to observe both “big0 Spontaneity picture” and details of situations; 0 Capacity to shift gears when“Aesthetic Intelligence: What Businesses Can Learn From The Arts”Rotman Magazine, Spring 2010 necessary and respond effectively to the unexpected;
  16. 16. Everyone can develop these skills. Some people just need a little more time than others.“Ill give you a winterprediction: Its gonnabe cold, its gonna begrey, and its gonnalast you for the restof your life.”Bill Murray as PhilConnors in Groundhog Day (1993)
  17. 17. Same day, different guy“When Chekhov saw the longwinter, he saw a winter bleakand dark and bereft of hope. Yetwe know that winter is justanother step in the cycle of life.But standing here among thepeople of Punxsutawney andbasking in the warmth of theirhearths and hearts, I couldntimagine a better fate than a longand lustrous winter.” Bill Murray asPhil Connors in Groundhog Day (1993)
  18. 18. 0“Neuroscience has discovered that our brain’s very design makes it social, inexorably drawn into an intimate brain-to-brain linkup whenever we engage with another person. That neural bridge lets us affect the brain – and the body – of everyone we interact with just as they do us.”0 Fishbane, M “Wired To Connect: Neuroscience, Relationships and Therapy” Family Process, Vol 46, No. 3, 2007
  19. 19. If a story is told and no one hears it….Storytelling is humanconnection at its mostprimal form. Storytellingis to entertainment as theslow food movement is todining – it’s fresh and it’slocal.” Catherine Burns, Artistic Director forThe Moth storytelling broadcast
  20. 20. A highly engaging narrativeevokes powerful empathic responses0The 0 The Set-Up Dramatic 0 The Inciting Incident 0 The Rising Action Arc 0 The Turning Point 0 The Resolution
  21. 21. “Neural coupling” occurs in successful communication 0 The findings indicate that during successful communication, speakers’ and listeners’ brains exhibit joint, temporally coupled, response patterns. Such neural coupling substantially diminishes in the absence of communication, such as when listening to an unintelligible foreign language. “Speaker-listener neural coupling underlies successful communication” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Vol. 107 No. 32
  22. 22. “We often tell ourselves a story about others’ real intent.These stories determine our emotional response.” The Cost of Conflict Avoidance” VitalSmarts Research ,
  23. 23. Happiness and Emotional Intelligence “The experience ofjoy, contentment or positivewell-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.” 0Sonja Lyubomirsky, “Why are some peoplehappier than others? The Role of Cognitive andMotivational Processes in Well-Being”, American Psychologist, March 2001Magellan HealthServices, Inc. | 23
  24. 24. Happiness is the fuel to thrive and toflourish, and to leave this world in better shape than you found it.“You tap into it whenever you feelenergized and excited by new ideas. Youtap into it whenever you feel at one withyour surroundings, at peace. You tap into itwhenever you feel playful, creative, or silly.You tap into it whenever you feel your soulstirred by the sheer beauty of existence.You tap into it whenever you feelconnected to others and loved. Inshort, you tap into it whenever positiveemotions resonate within you.”0Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, the Chief Researcher andHead of the Positive Emotion and PsychophysiologyLab at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  25. 25. Happiness is not the same as positive thinking – but positive efforts to learn, change oracquire a new skill combined with cognitive shifts can create it. 0 “People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” 0Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (New York: Harper & Rose, 1990): 20
  26. 26. Happy experiencespromote long-term well-being0 “Positive emotions - like joy, interest, pride and gratitude - dont just feel good in the moment - they also affect our long term well-being. Research shows that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio to negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally become more resilient to adversity and better able to achieve things. The evidence linking an upbeat outlook to increased longevity is actually stronger than the evidence linking obesity to reduced longevity.”0 B.L. Fredrickson, Positivity: Groundbreaking research reveals how to embrace the hidden strength of positive emotions, overcome negativity, and thrive, 2009. E. Diener and M. Chan,Applied Psychology: Health and Well- Being, 3(1):1-43, March 2011
  27. 27. “I Swear I Found The Keys To The Universe”0 “You will never know any parkland, never understand a collectively- Christopher Cooper, Wiscasset Newspaper owned mountain with the intimacy possible when you live on and work with a piece of ordinary land…I think as I work that my purpose is product -a grove of ginkgos, a curved retaining wall, a woods road extension. And so it is to the extent that these ends give me focus and order and the satisfaction of seeing my plans put to concreteness.0 But more fundamentally and necessarily, and essential to my emotional good health, this art, like I think all acts of creation however rude or refined, is about process. Writing the song and singing it, painting the picture, chiseling the stone, stacking the bricks to a height and in a form nobody has yet quite done-in these and similar acts are we made whole for a time.”0
  28. 28. www.lifestage.org0 Lifestage is a training and consulting company that designs creative, experiential programs for personal and professional development. Read articles by Lifestage trainers at www.livesinprogressnewsletter.blogspot.com0 contact Jude Treder-Wolff at 631-366-4265 or