An Effective Tool For Social Interaction And Individual Social Development

1511 WordsFeb 19, 20167 Pages
S.P.A.C.E. is an excellent tool for social interaction and individual social development. In my opinion, Albrecht has very successfully identified the key elements that ultimately determine how a person is perceived by others in any social, professional or personal situation in which we interact with other people. When I reflect on past interactions with people who left lasting and positive impressions on me, I realize they all presented themselves in ways that clearly reflect developed S.P.A.C.E. social skills. People who left a negative impression on me or made me uncomfortable lacked two or more of the skills. I can see the distinct correlation between the most successful, well-liked people in my life and the key elements of…show more content…
With the second—the “maintenance” process, which keeps a relationship healthy over time—the author recommends what he calls the Platinum Rule: “Do unto others as others prefer to be done unto.” (Albrecht, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success, 2006) In his book, Albrecht introduces the empathy model developed by Dr. George Thompson, to further explain and build on the concept of Empathy, as a part of our social intelligence. Dr. Thompson, who Albrecht described as a Renaissance man, wrote several books, created a series of seminars, and started an institute based on concepts of communication that he calls, “Verbal Judo.” Dr. Thompson developed his “Verbal Judo” in an effort to help people to be able to better communicate with “people who are angry, irrational, or even dangerous.” (Albrecht, Social Intelligence, 2006) The concepts are taught to people in service fields such as police officers, medical personal, teachers, and mental health professionals. I received some of this training when I was working in the medical field as an emergency medical technician, and can say with confidence that it is very effective. The model Dr. Thompson created is called L.E.A.P.S. and provides a specifics set of skills for those social and community-related fields of work. Essentially, L.E.A.P.S. is about
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