Alternative Stress and Human Resource Management. Life Coaching.
Individual; Family; Corporate; Sports.
Information. Updating. Professional Training (masters’ level)
We call our approach to stress management alternative for the following reasons:
1. “Leave the head alone”
Although fully acknowledging the importance of the psychological makeup of every individual involved, we hold a predominantly socio-anthropological view of most distress-causing factors in a fixed social setting (work, family, sports teams and the like). We treat those factors as stemming not as much from a presumed or real incompatibility of the individual and his or her social grouping, as from the incompatibility of such a grouping with itself. In other words we identify the basic systemic and non-systemic contradictions within the grouping itself.
2. Sometimes the mountain must go to Mohammed
After having identified those contradictions, we give concrete recommendations on the changes that may be effected. Differently from most conventional approaches we tend to place the main load of adjustment not on an individual member of the grouping but on the grouping itself.
In most cases the only adjustment requirement we extend to the individual is to modify his or her expectations and therefore his or her perception of the group.
3. Assessing a distress-causing potential
Again, differently from the more conventional preoccupation with the “strength and duration”, we concentrate on the actual dynamics of stress application. In other words, we deem very important to take into account not only and not even as much the intensity of stress and the length of time it has been applied for, as to identify how it has been applied.
Our neurophisiological approach is parabiotic rather than the more analytically restrictive linear model.
4. Catching the killer “rest and recreation”
A very important difference in our approach is that our emphasis on the dynamic aspects of stress permits us to consider the so-called “rest and recreation” as part of the stress-pattern rather than the alternative to stress.
5. Putting sociology and physiology together
After having identified both the stressors (socio-anthropological aspect), the dynamics of their application and the typology of “rest and recreation” involved (physiological aspect) we can give concrete recommendations as to their mutual adjustment. This helps to create a healthier and more psychologically secure working and family environment avoiding any feeling of inadequacy that the individual often receives from a variety of psychologically grounded approaches.
6. Hippo therapy
Obvious benefits of the contact with the animals apart, we use the metaphor of the relationship between the dominated prey (horse) and the dominating predator (human) in order to show the importance of the correct interpretation of “cultural signals” coming, in this case, from the equine ethos. After a preparatory briefing, we take the client to the stables where our specialist presents a join-up session with the horse, illustrating with the series of specific proceedings both the importance of reading the behavioural signs and the efficacy of the dynamic method of applying positive non-coercive stress.
Apart from working directly with companies and our in-studio individual and group sessions, we provide university-based training and information programmes