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ASSERTIVENESS, REJECTION AND YOUR BRAIN

Paloma Medina

Tags assertiveness, equity, goals, inclusion, Influence, introversion

ASSERTIVENESS, REJECTION AND YOUR BRAIN

First, a definition:  Assertiveness is a series of communication techniques to ensure an interaction is fair and respectful. Put another way: assertiveness is the expectation that your core needs and boundaries are important and worth respecting, but it also means you know that others aren’t mind readers, so you have to tell them what your boundaries and needs are. Example: Imagine you’re in a loooong grocery store line and the man waiting behind you has been standing weirdly, creepily close to you the whooole time you’ve been waiting.   Option A: ignore it and pray to the gods they open...


CREATIVEMORNINGS: FREE LIFE SYMMETRY DOWNLOAD

CREATIVEMORNINGS: FREE LIFE SYMMETRY DOWNLOAD

As February's CreativeMornings speaker, Paloma dove into the historical, anthropological, and neuroscientific origins of "work-life balance". As part of the talk, Paloma shared an exercise anyone can do to define their own life symmetry and, should it feel unbalanced, a way to calibrate it for health and happiness.   If you missed the event (don't feel bad, tickets sold out in 15 minutes!) no worries because you can watch the full video here, courtesy of Portland CreativeMornings.  Even better news: We're providing the worksheet for free as a digital download! To get the most of the video and free exercise: Print out the worksheet, or get a large sheet of blank paper so...


3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

Paloma Medina

Tags holidays, introversion, introverts

3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

Introversion is a spectrum, all of us are on it -- some of us are mild introverts and crave alone time less often than those of us who are strong introverts (who do best with a healthy amount of low-key time). Holidays can be especially hard for those of us on the introvert side of things. Company parties, family dinners, friend events, crammed stores, non-stop social invites -- all of these are designed for the stimulus-seeking extrovert. But what can you do if you feel like the holidays are just a long series of exhausting situations? Don't take it lying down...