Assignment : Situational Awareness ( S )

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S.P.A.C.E. begins with situational awareness (S). This is the ability to recognize and interpret what is happening, how people are behaving, the intent of the group and the emotional atmosphere in any social situation. The second is Presence (P). This refers to how a person is perceived as they enter a social situation. More specifically, how they appear, how they speak, how they interact and even move through a room. The third is Authenticity (A). The signals of intention picked up by others in terms of whether a person seems well intentioned, trustworthy, honest, loyal or ethical. Can the person be trusted? Are they open or inauthentic? The fourth is Clarity (C). This, of course, refers to whether a person is easily understood.…show more content…
L.E.A.P.S. S.P.A.C.E. is not the only tool for social interaction. When talking specifically about Empathy, “Albrecht believes there are two opportunities to build empathy. With the first moment-to-moment experience of connecting with people, one can usually establish a strong empathetic connection by being attentive, being appreciative, and offering affirmation. 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
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