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Course byJenny Rickardson
June 17, 2015
Walk around and have relaxed conversations with people you don't know.
Does the mere thought give you chills?
You are not alone. It may sound simple to some, but for many of us it makes our heart palpitate, we sweat, get tongue-tied and stutter when we are expected to speak spontaneously in different situations. Thoughts such as, “what should I talk about?”, “what if I’m all alone?”, “what if no one thinks I'm interesting?”, “I'll only say stupid things,” may be running through your head and put an immediate end to any attempts to approach others. But it doesn't have to be this way.
In this course, we will go over a few psychological theories that affect us when we mingle, and how we can get around unnecessary mind traps and fears that are easy to get stuck in. I will also give you exercises that will help you get an idea of how you can actually train yourself how to mingle.
So why should you get better at mingling? For one thing, it often becomes a lot more fun to go to parties and other private functions where you don’t know that many people. But it’s also extremely useful when you run a business, when you want to create better relationships between business and universities, or perhaps when you want to present some exciting research results. When you mingle, you are building networks.
This course is created by trained psychologist, Jenny Rickardson. She works at the department of behavioral medicine and pain treatment at Karolinska University Hospital, in addition to being a lecturer on ACT and teaching psychology at Psykologifabriken.
The course is based on learning psychology and CBT, along with elements from ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).