Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) and Scaffolding

Lev Vygotsky was born in 1896 in Russia. He studied psychology, medicine, law and history at Moscow University and became a teacher in his hometown of Gomel.A Marxist, Vygotsky’s believed in the importance of a person’s social environment and background in relation to production. He strongly believed that an individual’s community played a major role … Continue reading Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) and Scaffolding

The 3 types of Psychic Blindness, which prevent Awareness Intelligence

Mindfulness is a buzzword used all over. But still, few seem to understand what exactly the mind should be full of. Most people do not systematically think about their thinking; they do not reflect on their scope of awareness. Psychic blindness appears to be a common issue and, therefore, hinders natural fitness, unconditional kindness, and … Continue reading The 3 types of Psychic Blindness, which prevent Awareness Intelligence

LET YOURSELF OFFEND. The benefits of letting you get offended.

You get an understanding and compassionate ear here, but the most significant benefit lies in permitting me to offend you. First of all, if I didn’t dare to offend, I couldn’t be honest. Being offended offers a real-world check outside of one’s comfort zone. Second, if I solely entertained you, I’d waste your time distracting … Continue reading LET YOURSELF OFFEND. The benefits of letting you get offended.

The Development of Cultural Agility (A Literature Review)

Introduction Advancing globalization requires new workplace competencies [1]. Among Global Talent Managers, there is the sobering realization that people working in an increasingly global environment find themselves challenged in acquiring the necessary cultural agility [2] In today’s world Global talent management, mobility, and cultural agility belong together [3]. “Bridging the global skills gap” through international … Continue reading The Development of Cultural Agility (A Literature Review)

Developing Human Capital: Success and Failure in Learning

Psychologists in the past have conceptualized talent as an IQ-like cognitive ability [1], and practice focused on the view of human achievements to be limited by innate characteristics [2]. Human cognitive processing is indeed universally depending on sensory abilities, often biased and unaware of its own mechanisms, and limited to a relatively bounded range of … Continue reading Developing Human Capital: Success and Failure in Learning

A holistic career progress examination

A holistic perspective on career reflection A holistic career examination implies that the development that has led to the current situation, as well as a future outlook, shall be taken into account in a reflective way.  A whole person approach includes personal traits and socio-cognitive facets. Personal identity extends to life-story considerations, cultural context, and … Continue reading A holistic career progress examination

My Definition of Hard Work and Great Achievement

My definition of hard work has to do primarily with openness, courage and authenticity, rather than just with working long hours and the goal of material profit, although it can involve massive action and material achievements too. I don’t agree with the saying about success that goes ‘One percent is inspiration, ninety-nine percent is perspiration.’ Accessing one’s spiritual foundation … Continue reading My Definition of Hard Work and Great Achievement

Overcoming Language Barriers

Content Language barrier in health care The advantage of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the interpretation of language Overcoming barriers beyond the language barrier   Language barrier in health care A lot of literature seems to focus the challenges of language barriers in the health sector, as, for … Continue reading Overcoming Language Barriers

The Psychology of Political Helplessness

Summary. Even small daily exposures to oppressive structures of economic and political/social environments influence people’s psychological internalization of observed superiority and inferiority. Conforming behavior provides the necessary practice to develop the tendency to obey the “unavoidable” orders of oppressors in a learned “helpless” manner. The more hierarchical a political system, the more is helplessness learned with the … Continue reading The Psychology of Political Helplessness