Mind in the Making: Skills 3 & 4

Courtney Keating, Education Coordinator

Courtney Keating, Education Coordinator

Last week, I wrote about how Mind in the Making applies to everyone, regardless of their age. I briefly outlined the first two skills, focus and self-control, and perspective taking. This week, I’ll go into a bit more detail about skills three and four, communicating and making connections. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to solve the world’s problems with Mind in the Making research!


Have you ever noticed that when you are reading the requirements for a job, they almost always say they are looking for a candidate with superior communication skills? Think about the millions of ways humans communicate with each other every day; speaking, writing, music, facial expressions, physical gestures, art, movies, text messages, and the list could go on for another 500 words. Is it any wonder that this is an essential skill? There are 7 billion people on this planet, and we all need to communicate with each other. Whether you are communicating for a job, to a friend, or just to express yourself, it’s a skill that we all need to improve upon. Exercising better communication, especially when built upon the previous skill of perspective taking, can take us far. It will not only help us land that awesome job, but we will be able to do it well. This means we can be more efficient, less stressed, which directly leads to being happier and having overall better health! Wait, did I just find a way to lessen your risk of a heart attack? Ok, probably not, but it is still pretty important.


Making Connections:

Read the description of communicating again. See what I did there? At the end, I linked better communication to better health. Everything is connected to something else. I’m not necessarily talking about the butterfly effect here, but connecting pieces of information can change outcomes. If a person is better able to make connections, they are better able to understand and process information. They will use the new information they are receiving and be able to relate it to information they already knew. Being able to categorize things, being organized in our thoughts and actions, thinking about things sequentially, and being able to use all of this information to understand what is being communicated to us are what making connections is about. It will help us make better decisions by making a connection between our actions and the consequences.


Are you noticing a theme here? Our weekly blog has outlined the first four of the Mind in the Making’s essential skills. Notice how they build on each other (or connect to each other!)? Come back next week when we discuss skills five and six!

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