I am an advocate of respect-based contextual psychology based on acceptance of individual needs, and using education and cognitive skills training, along with necessary medical support to help people live more satisfying lives with cognitive and neurological diversity.
My hope is that AgiliZen will
- provide resources for people to better understand the ways we are different from each other and promote acceptance, respect and advocacy for our brain-based differences in personality, learning styles, and cognitive processing
- teach the skills needed to negotiate and design solutions that meet the needs or people whose needs and values are different, and whose thinking, learning, information processing, decision-making and organizing styles are not easily controlled.
- make the complex concepts of agile self-leadership easier to learn and apply to our personal lives.
- challenge our cultural bias which idealizes controllist thinking as a superior way to get things done
- promote iterative design thinking and agilizing as the new “default” for how we approach complex problem solving
- encourage full spectrum thinking about attention management challenges – rather than labeling attention management and self-control challenges as personal defects, deficits and illnesses, see them as indicators of biological differences which when cultivated have valuable applications in certain contexts.Even though unusual traits and brain differences may create performance challenges in certain contexts which designed for “average” or neurotypical people, such as traditional teacher centered classrooms and workplaces that require sticking to schedules and routines, these same traits can be powerful strengths and valuable assets in contexts where improvisation and the ability to challenge the way things are, and respond to frequently changing, urgent, non-routine needs are helpful – such as in an emergency room situation, or doing creative project work.
In 2012, I became a member of the Association for Contextual Behavior Science which promotes the compassionate and respect-based application of contextual cognitive and behavioral science to alleviate human suffering and promote human well being. This includes
- ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) – Shares similar foundation to my approach to compassion, acceptance and respect-based coaching and organic learning.
- RFT (Relationship Frame Theory) (Simply put: We learn our sense of self and learn to define our likes, dislikes, boundaries, limits and more in relationship to our contexts / environments, the language we speak, the stories we tell, the metaphors we acquire for life, time, risk-taking, trust, organizing, motivation, and more. Because so much of ourselves is learned through unintentional shaping, becoming aware of how this works and mastering the ability to design experience that shape us consciously is our best hope for humanely changing ourselves and our habits.
- The philosophy of Functional Contextualism
(Our identities, emotions and behaviors are driven by our philosophical assumptions and metaphors about our contexts. Because people and behaviors change when their context or environment changes, people usually thrive and heal best when their environment fits their unique needs.)