Review-Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results by Rita Marie Johnson

 

Synposis: This book lays out the key features and benefits of the Connection Practice — and it tells the touching, inspiring story of how Johnson came to discover it. Connection Practice is a unique method for connecting with ourselves and others that is supported by scientific research and testimony from people around the world. The practice has boosted the social and emotional intelligence of over 40,000 students in Costa Rica and won the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award: Building a More Ethical Society, out of 79 projects in 32 countries. The Connection Practice is now being used by individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations to enhance personal well-being, reduce conflicts and bullying, improve communication and collaboration, and boost performance.

I am inspired and awed by Ms. Johnson’s personal story and how with using this method she overcame obstacles that were emotionally and even physically draining. The style is simple and clear but I did find it hard to concentrate when it went into statistics and text book mode. The real life examples are what tied it all together so that I didn’t lose interest. It caused me to really think how different relationships would be if we tried to really plug into other people giving empathy first and then being honest. Overall, a good read for anyone looking for a way to resolve conflict, find peace with self, stop dysfunctional patterns and/or reconnect with loved ones.

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