Moral courage and the altruistic perspective

Moral courage and the altruistic perspective

Why is it that in the face of great suffering or crisis that some people respond with a heroic compassion and generosity, endangering their own lives to help others, while other people, when faced with the same situation act selfishly, or further on the other extreme,...
The freedom to choose

The freedom to choose

Did you ever wake up one day and wonder how you got to where you are in life? It can sometime seem as if life has ‘happened’ to us – we don’t remember actively choosing the path we have taken. It is like the river of life has swept us along in...
Wrestling angels

Wrestling angels

Genesis tells the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel: One night, in the dark, Jacob was pinned to the ground by an assailant. Struggle as he might, he couldn’t escape, his attacker was too strong. All night the two rolled around the ground wrestling with each...
Optimising your emotional style

Optimising your emotional style

Renowned neuroscientist, Richard Davidson, in his book, The emotional life of your brain, claims that there are six dimensions that determine our emotional style. According to Davidson, the six dimensions “arose from systematic studies of the neural basis of emotion”....
Developing emotional intelligence

Developing emotional intelligence

In their book, Emotional intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves outline the four skills that constitute emotional intelligence. The first two relate to personal competence and the second two relate to social competence. 1) Self-awareness Self-awareness is...