Resolving society’s ills

by | Sep 24, 2010 | General

We could and should be tackling psychological and social issues in the community far more effectively. We now have the tools to give everyone a satisfying, productive and fulfilling life.

An individual’s history and circumstances need no longer be seen as the key determining factor for well-being and effectiveness. Giving people life skills that focus on resilience, effectiveness, motivation and relationships, enables them to free themselves from the constraints of their past, cope with their current circumstances and then change those circumstances if they wish to.

TV soaps, while exaggerating real life, reflect the lack of resilience and relationship skills in our community. The prevalence of stress, weight problems, relationship issues, unemployment, crime and ill health are all indicators of a lack of resilience, motivation and effectiveness.

The government could act to make those skills available in schools, prisons and to the population at large. Savings in the health service, welfare benefits and justice systems alone would far outweigh the costs. The economic benefits would dwarf those costs.

Abicord’s ‘Personal Effectiveness and Achievement’ training, called ‘The Power to Choose’ is an illustration of how lives can be changed. As part of the course feedback participants are asked to score their life satisfaction and effectiveness before and after the training. A single subjective rating is used on a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 is the most satisfied and effective person they could imagine. Practically all participants increase by three or more points. Many have moved from 2 to 9 and 3 to 10. Most move from 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 to 9 or 10. Reviews after 6 months have shown that changes are sustained or further improved (on average for the group as feedback is anonymous). See for details.

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