Creative Self

Adler spoke of the creative self as the combination of attributes that each of us forms to make a unique place among others in our social interactions (Adler, 1954; Ansbacher & Ansbacher, 1956). There are five components to this factor: thinking, emotions, control, positive humor, and work. As research and clinical experience suggest, what one thinks affects the emotions as well as the body. Likewise, one’s emotional experiences tend to influence one’s cognitive responses to similar experiences. Control is a matter of perceived capacity to influence events in one’s life. Positive expectations influence emotions, behavior, and anticipated outcomes, and positive humor is known to have a pervasive influence on physical as well as mental functioning. Enriching one’s ability to think clearly, perceive accurately, and respond appropriately can decrease stress and enhance the humor response that medical research has shown affects the immune system positively. Likewise, work is an essential element in human experience that can enhance or exacerbate one’s capacity to live life fully.
Importantly, each of the components of the IS-WEL model interacts with all others to contribute to holistic functioning. Similarly, the contextual factors each have an influence or impact on the individual, and the individual affects his or her context. These interactions may be for better or for worse, individually and collectively.
The above information was taken from: http://wellness-research.org/wellness/docs/wellness.htm
That’s nice but what does this theory mean to me?
A theory is only as good as it can understood and then APPLIED! If you can not apply a theory to your situation, in this case your life and the life of your family, then they theory is just that…something nice to know.
Creative Self: There are five components to this factor: thinking, emotions, control, positive humor, and work.
So what makes you unique? What are you passionate about? When you wake up what is the first thing you think about doing?
What kinds of thoughts are you having? How do you talk to yourself? Are there more affirming words being spoken in your home than non-affirming? Do you look at challenges as opportunities to grow? Do you laugh every day?
Action you can take:
•Create a mantra. Post it around the house and in the car. When you see it, say it! Eventually it will become second nature and great go-to when things get tough.
•Create a vision board. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years? Using old magazines and poster board, create a collage that illustrates your vision for your life the life of your family. This is a great done to do separately as well as together.
•Make it a point to be silly at least once a day. Kids really love this and we are really all kids at hart if we let ourselves relax a bit.
•Challenge everyone in your family to say nice things. This can be done several ways. One way is to have each person decorate a container with a lid. Then each of the other family members have to write something nice about that person and put it in the container. Little ones that can not write yet could draw or dictate what they want to say. Then when everyone is done, sit together and have each person read their notes out loud to the rest of the family. Another way is make it into game. When you “Catch” someone saying something affirming put a star on a chart. At first it seems forced but as time goes by it become more natural.

Until next time….
Change. Discover. Transform.
Carla Carter, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPC, EMDR Certified

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