Practising Mindfulness

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Mefiante (July 20, 2015, 10:40:51 AM):
Yeah, I've often wondered how many BS peddlers believe what they say.
If woomeisters are aware that they’re peddling nonsense, they’re mercenaries; if they aren’t aware, they’re morons. An episode of South Park memorably made the underlying point:
John Edward: Look, what I do doesn’t hurt anybody. I give people closure and help them cope with life.

Stan: No, you give them false hope and a belief in something that isn’t real.

John Edward: But I’m a psychic.

Stan: No dude, you’re a douche.

John Edward: I’m not a douche! What if I really believe that dead people talk to me?

Stan: Then you’re a stupid douche.

'Luthon64
Faerie (July 20, 2015, 10:57:41 AM):
Yeah, I've often wondered how many BS peddlers believe what they say. I mean, It's tempting even for me, knowing how this all works could be really, really profitable.

The majority do believe it. Its a complete fact. In my whole career (30 odd years) I've come across two people who have the same outlook on it as I and we sassed each other out very thorougly before we admitted it, to do otherwise is to commit career suicide. I'm certain psychology "out there" is still on the right path, but here in the corporate world, its gone back to the days of selling bottled miracles, all fluff, getting in touch with yourself, reaching out and embracing your inner miserable sodding self and understanding why you are a dirty arsed bitch to your subordinates. Which helps absolutely bloody nothing as said bitch is now super aware of her actions and able to justify it because "its who I am".

Im exagerating, but its pretty much what goes on, the underdog will remain the underdog regardless of the amount of fluff being fed to it. No amoung of teambuilding, analysing personality types and spouting inspirational quotes will "fix" a group of people that dont like each other at work. The only permanent fix is when the one or two problem children leave and relative calm returns.

Anyway, I'm concious that I'm rambling. Let me go work.
BoogieMonster (July 20, 2015, 11:06:29 AM):
On second thought it doesn't sound that much different to this shit I posted in shoutbox.

Any "techie" who gets a Wiccan to exorcise problems with their servers deserves to be shot on sight. Bloody hell.
BoogieMonster (July 20, 2015, 11:10:18 AM):
... No amoung of teambuilding, analysing personality types and spouting inspirational quotes will "fix" a group of people that dont like each other at work.

My pet peeve recently is when things are getting hectic, workloads skyrocket, stress builds up, people become snippy, overtime is starting to clock up, and things are getting to breaking point. And then management, in it's infinite wisdom, steps in and go "We've noticed you all in here are getting stressed and the mood around here seems tense. So to solve this problem we're going to take you all on a mandatory teambuilding. During working hours, of course. So now you have even less time to deal with all your work, and probably need to do more overtime. You're welcome."

EDIT: And no, a humble employee never, ever dares question the awesomeness of the Grand Poobah's efforts, especially if that means appearing to be a "wet blanket" for "morale". BIG no no, and so the disincentivisation program continues unabated.
Faerie (July 26, 2015, 08:01:56 AM):
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/07/21/424948567/does-mindfulness-mean-anything

A bit more about concerns re this new fad.

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