The Psychology Thread

I have a broad range of interests. It used to bother me that I didn’t have time for them all and that I couldn’t settle on one for long. I discussed this in ‘Too Many Interests’. However, I’ve recently noticed that the ones I’ve stuck with have something in common: they have a strong psychological element.

At Crossfit, I often reflect on the thoughts behind a workout, the things we tell ourselves, the way we interact with each other, and the inextricable link between the physical and psychological parts of our being.

The musical side of band-conducting and one-to-one teaching is key (pun not intended!), and yet I’m probably more drawn-in by the Continue reading

Stop Saying Nice Things Behind People’s Backs

There are times when you think nice things about someone, but don’t tell them. There are also times when you only praise them in a conversation with someone else. I have been considering recently how easy it is to neglect to say it to the person directly. But the positive impact of doing so can be huge.

Everyone has different ways of showing appreciation. Some people give acts of service, or gifts, or time. But for many people it is words that are the most powerful. It is wonderful to receive genuine praise for specific things, and to be told to your face, particularly if it’s also put in writing. Continue reading