Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results Perfect Paperback – March 29, 2015
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know how to connect
Stunning in its simplicity, revolutionary in its impact, Completely Connected is the profound made practical. It's not just about connecting with others - though your relationships will never be the same. It's not just about connecting with yourself - though that's where it all starts.
Inside Out, Bottom Up, Top Down and All Around
This uniquely powerful skill unites heart and brain, empathy and insight, and your inner life with the outer world. Doing so builds social-emotional intelligence, a valuable asset in living a joyful, engaged life. From personal relationships to work and school - to being a contributing member of society - Completely Connected guides you through the essentials of being human.
You'll discover how to:
· achieve maximum brain functioning for greater creativity and performance
· resolve conflicts quickly and effectively for a safe, productive environment
· release negative baggage and boost confidence and self-esteem
· promote collaboration and a sense of belonging in teams and groups
· integrate your inner strengths and find practical answers to living in the world
"In these times when marketing programs tell us what we should want, entertainment tells us how we should feel, and technology is increasingly replacing human interactions, it is crucially important that we all have explicit instruction on managing our inner lives and developing positive connections to others. Rita Marie Johnson's model, the Connection Practice, adds a much-needed, simple and effective approach to our Social-Emotional Learning toolkit."
Eileen Rockefeller Growald, co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (casel.org)
Rita Marie Johnson has won multiple awards for her work as founder and CEO of Rasur Foundation International. Her initiative, the Connection Practice™, continues her tireless efforts to create authentic, practical solutions to our most challenging personal and societal problems. She lives in Costa Rica and works globally, with headquarters in Dallas, TX.
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The actual information presented in the book could be condensed down to a few pages. The chapter summaries are all that are needed. It reads like a research paper, combining studies and details of other peoples’ work without a clear interpretation. This is the type of book I normally like to read, but I struggled to get through it. There just wasn’t a lot of substance. It all just feels like a big advertisement for the classes and products.
A revision has been done, to make it easier to read on Kindle Touch and laptop. Some of the charts and diagrams are still running off the page or too small to read but there aren't too many of these.
In COMPLETELY CONNECTED Rita shares the Connection Practice, `a method of social-emotional learning that unites empathy and insight and achieves extraordinary results. Empathy is attained through a conscious connection to feelings and needs, and insight is accessed through heart-brain coherence. The synergy in this partnership maximizes intelligence, builds resilience and enhances performance. The accelerated growth it provides includes stopping stress immediately, releasing negative emotions, maintaining emotional balance, improving relationships and resolving conflicts creatively.' Rita goes on to explain the basic process of Connecting Completely: Describe your challenge or celebration, Name and feel your feelings, Name and connect with your met or unmet needs, Guess the feelings of others involved in the situation, Guess the met or unmet needs of others involved in the situation, Access a Heat-Brain Insight using Heart Focus (focus your attention on the area around your heart, the area in the center of your chest), Heart Breathing (breathe deeply, but normally, as if your breath is coming in and our through your heart area), Heart Feeling (as you maintain your heart focus and heart breathing, activate a positive feeling), Ask yourself what you need to know and listen for an insight, and Decide how you will act on that insight.'
Though these are the principles of the process, the details as Rita opens her own experiences and her dealing with others makes this practice stunning. If the essence of her Connection process were to be confined to two words those words would be Insight and empathy, but it is the manner in which she presents her powerful connection that makes everyone who reads her book a believer. Engagement in life and work has become a critical issue. If we wish to restore the community of man, the guidelines are here. Connect with ourselves allowing us to connect with others. This is a powerfully important book. Highly recommended reading for all age levels. Grady Harp, March 15
A lot of the book deals with the act of “guessing someone’s feelings” as a way to emotionally connect with a client (or friend or acquaintance), but most, if not all of the examples were when the author correctly guessed the recipient’s feelings and drastically changed the recipient’s life. After talking with some other psychologists (who I want to point out just got their Master’s degrees and aren’t licensed yet), they told me that psychologists only correctly guess around 5%-10% of the time they use this method. So I found the examples to be a bit cliche and over-reaching. I understand that it is an explanatory book about achieving empathy and it is important to show how this method does work, but some of it was farfetched and made me question the biases on the author.
That said, it was a fascinating and enjoyable read, perfect for anyone with an interest in psychology and emotional wellbeing. The author covers a lot of topics on the subject and it is all very interesting and unique. It was a surprisingly fun read for a morning commute and a great way to start my day. Rita Marie Johnson is obviously very well-versed in this subject and presents it to those not as advanced (me) in a good and accessible way. So that helped keep my interest as well--the fact that I understood all of it and never felt overwhelmed.