How well do you know yourself?

Self- awareness and Emotional Intelligence are concepts that are high up on the agenda in personal development circles and increasingly in the workplace. Why is this important? Developing self -awareness and EI are key to being more creative, productive and happier in the workplace. 

A model was developed in 2008 by David Rock which has its origins and findings from Neuroscience. This model was used to help individuals and teams to work better by helping them to uncover their response to stress triggers in any given situation. The acronym of this model is called SCARF. 

S is for Status – How important we are in relation to others

C is for Certainty– The degree to which we can predict the future

A is for Autonomy – How in control we feel

R is for Relatedness– How safe we feel

F is for Fairness– How fair we think situations are

Each of these 5 domains refer to drivers of human behaviour, status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness. Which one of these drivers are the most important to you?

If status is important to you we may compare ourselves to others and this can have an effect on our self -esteem and thus our creativity and happiness. If certainty is important to you this can also affect our creativity and happiness as we will never risk anything so remain stuck at work and maybe in life. If autonomy is important to you, this could impact our relationships with others as there needs to be some compromise and balance. If relatedness is important to you, you may avoid situations where you feel out of your comfort zone and here one can never truly grow and develop if safety is our primary driver. If fairness is important to you then you may remove yourself from situations that you deem unfair and shut down dialogue towards more understanding.

How does knowing our triggers to the above help us?

Knowing which is our primary driver can help us to understand ourselves better and to understand how we approach or avoid situations and how this can impact our thinking and decision making. In addition, it can help us at work to see what motivates us and others and if that individual’s primary driver is being addressed or even your own. It can help you to understand how you can have more of the rewards of your driver and less of the threats.



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