Author Archives: Carlos Raimundo

It takes two to tango!  The elegant Argentinean Tango that appears to be a highly structured, planned, and choreographed performance is surprisingly an improvised dance with no rules, where chaos coordination is required through continuous connection and mutual trust. Spontaneity and creativity come together, resulting in two satisfied players who have mutually created a spectacle of beauty, movement, and passion. The watchers, observers or audience have admired with envy, fascination and “I want it too”. The same applies to relationships. Improvisation – No Rules – Chaos – Coordination Required – Connection – Communication In tango, we have: “Two people, Four legs, but only One Heart.” The art, in tango, is to navigate through the chaos of a dance floor, avoid obstacles, all while enjoying the depth of the “encounter.” Who leads? To achieve this, it is better if one of the two is appointed safety officer (the leader). This role…

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The two chairs placed in a 45o angle represent a meeting of two people sharing intimacy and relational freedom. They are part of an original logo that had two parts, a stage and the chairs. The stage represents the “stage of life” where we live. Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft developed this original design in 1991. It depicts: The two chairs represent two people in the relationship who can openly communicate with each other and have the freedom to expand their thinking, beliefs, and interests without the other person feeling rejected. This is what Martin Buber calls I and Thou relationships. This is the goal of Active Learning International. This sitting differs from two people sitting one in front of the other that can represent intimacy and confrontation. When in intimacy, the two are enjoying closeness and togetherness. Simultaneously, both share the same thinking or beliefs. But if one ventures into new…

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In this article, we use the word “team” but note that this is also applicable to our personal relationships with our families, partner and friends. Please interchange the term “team” with “family” or “friends” as necessary. Working as one team is not a new idea. It’s the centre for community building. The idea of creating “community” at work is not a “wishy-washy, soft-touch” superficial concept. It’s vital for sustainable organisational success. As it takes a “village to raise a child”, it takes a “village to succeed through change”. Anthropologists and sociologists tell us that communities that don’t work together cannot innovate and would greatly suffer through change and even cease to exist. A common strategy of colonisers-invaders was to weaken community trust, foster gossip, to create wedges to disrupt communications in the “village”. Villages have successfully faced and thrived through change by practising: •A deepening sense of unity and pride. •Chatting with…

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Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. We hear this phrase often and it sounds great, but how can we practically apply it to our lives?One simple way is what we call Active Roles. We actively play many roles in life in response to each person with whom we interact at any particular time. We’re not talking here about social roles such as policeman, a mother or father, but about the dynamic at play. These are Active Roles, and they are the essence of our behaviour. They consist of a Feeling + an Action For example: Purposeful Encourager Resentful Carer Confident Boundary-Setter Resigned Complier FEELING  ACTION Active Roles can be: Constructive | Fragmenting | Ambivalent Constructive Roles (C) A constructive role grows you as a person. When you play a constructive role it enhances your life and brings about a sense of fulfilment.…

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In this article, we use the word “team” and refer to leadership and business but note that this is also applicable to our personal relationships with our families, partner and friends. Nature and biology are great teachers where we can learn about systems and processes and use them as metaphors for living. We know that everything that comes into our body must go out; if not, we’ll become sick and may even die. The following metaphor is taken from physiology. It may sound rather grotesque, but it’s a reality for everyone independent of their social position. It’s the digestion process called metabolism. Whatever we eat will be broken down into tiny particles where some will be absorbed as nutrients; this process is called anabolism. The rest is excreted through the lungs, kidneys, skin, and digestive system called catabolic waste. This process is regulated through homeostasis and temperature regulation. It’s like a car…

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The Play of Life has been developed by the author and derived from Psychodrama and Actions Methods created by J. L, Moreno (1889 -1974). The Play of Life is a technique that utilises a small board, called a stage and small figures that are placed by the client (protagonist) on the stage to represent a specific life situation. Dynamic and interactive techniques (eg soliloquy, role reversal) are utilised to provide insight, clarity and understanding to the client about the situation analysed whilst also giving the therapist a visual language and thus independent information about the client. Through Relationship Mapping (sociometry) the protagonist (guided by the director) is able to observe at glance, simultaneously and three dimensionally relevant issues that are present and interacting in the situation the client is in. This mapping gives the therapist a wide perspective of the whole situation as well (role of social analyst). [1] Psychodramatic…

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Karen's Story Role Given – Role Taken This story describes the way in which we often accept roles that are given to us by other people, rather than consciously exercising our own constructive roles. So we react to others in a way that we become trapped, not free. For a printable version please click here [gview file=”http://www.relationship.capital/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/KAREN-Story-Role-Given-Role-Taken-Repaired-1.pdf”] Karen is seen as a dedicated employee; spending evenings, weekends and holidays in the office, she doesn’t complain of her 60-80 hrs a week work. The truth is Karen is not particularly fond of her job; she simply dreads going home to her demanding ailing mother who Karen believes pretends to be sick, just to rouse sympathy and dominance. Karen is the youngest child and the only daughter of four children. Her mother, who was widowed 15 years ago, has made it quite clear she is totally reliant on Karen for her ongoing…

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This article presents, through the medium of a case study, the effect of the Play of Life and other expressive, ludic (playful) methods and interventions on complex brain connectivity between neurological structures, and (-) in providing a platform for permanence (I use permeance as  sustainable  or stable not permanent) behavioural change. It provides a brief view of the biology of behaviour and relating, and the potential therapeutic effect of the method. A Case Study Troy is a (-) mechanical engineer, he is a husband and a father, senior manager, and active member of welfare organisations. He is very active in his religious community, respected for his social position, donations, teachings and insights. He has a great memory, something that helps him to quote the most relevant, uncommon quotes from remarkable people and has great ability to compile research and create clear and powerful presentations. (-). Many people have been benefiting…

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