Building Positive Attitude
Building a positive attitude toward yourself and others starts with understanding your own attitudes and how they impel you into action. People often lack the words to articulate why they do what they do or why they feel the way they feel. When applying the principles learned in studying attitude, individuals will understand why they make the decisions they make and why conflicts can arise. They will see why others view the world differently and value different things in life. Attitudes will open an individual's eyes to a new understanding of themselves and the people around them.
The WHY of Your Actions: What is it that causes you to move into action? What are the drivers of your behaviour? What activities, careers and conversations inspire a "passion" within you, causing you to want to become involved?
What is an Attitude? In 1928, Eduard Spranger wrote a book entitled "Types of Men." He identified six attitudes or world-views. If we are participating in a discussion, activity or career that is in line with our attitudes, we will value the experience. Conversely, if we are in a conversation, activity or career that is against our dominant attitudes, we will be indifferent or even negative toward the experience, possibly causing stress.
The Six Attitudes
- Theoretical: A passion to discover, systematize and analyze; a search for knowledge.
- Utilitarian: A passion to gain return on investment of time, resources and money.
- Aesthetic: A passion to experience the impressions of the world and achieve form and harmony in life; self-actualization.
- Social: A passion to eliminate hate and conflict in the world and to assist others in becoming all they can be.
- Individualistic: A passion to achieve position and to use that position to affect and influence others.
- Traditional: A passion to seek out and pursue the higher meaning in life and achieve a system for living.
Results/Benefits: You will:
- Know the WHY of your actions.
- Make career choices (and employee selections) that will increase job satisfaction and effectiveness.
- Understand the causes of conflict.
- Develop an increased appreciation for the uniqueness of others.
- Appreciate the viewpoint of others who see life differently.
- Increase your "valuing", satisfaction and fulfillment in life.