Sunday 22 March 2020

ABC with our Big G

Season 3 Episode 23

Hey P-Soupers! I wanted to present a simple and useful resource for these extraordinary times and I also bring a very special guest - my 84 year old Dad, Big G. We have a chat about Basic Psychological Needs Theory which states that people strive to satisfy three innate needs, namely autonomy, belonging and competence (in every area of life).
  • Autonomy is about the need to feel that our pursuits are self governed and self endorsed. Or in other words, to feel we have control over what we do.
  • Belonging - is about being connected socially and feeling integrated into a social group.
  • Competence- is about the need to be effective in our efforts; so we feel like we're developing skills and gaining knowledge.
Some researchers called Deci and Ryan assert that needs for competence, relatedness, and autonomy are universal – they are essential, regardless of culture and life domain (Deci and Ryan, 1985b, 2000; Ryan and Deci, 2002).

Have a listen to hear how my Dad has been approaching his physical isolation and considering the ABC of Autonomy, Belonging and Competence. He's a role model for us all.

I also consider the values for the podcast moving forward. We're going to be focusing on Compassion, Connection and Collaboration - consider our next episodes to be The 3Cs Chronicles.

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Tips from P-Soupers

Below are some tips from P-Soupers about how they're approaching their ABCs.

A for Autonomy

Setting a shared household schedule to set aside time for work and home schooling.
Setting a structure for a time to start and finish work.
Deciding which news programme to watch or listen to and not having a constant news feed.
Rationing social media - as noticing a tendency to endlessly scroll.
Having some background music.

B for Belonging

Having a virtual tea break - to not talk about work.
Having a virtual Friday drink - to not talk about work.
Sharing easy recipes.
Checking in on colleagues more often.

C is for Competence

Started training on the couch to 5km programme (keeping the distance).
Doing a complicated jigsaw.
Reading five pages of a book every day.
Dusting off the home exercise bike - starting with a mile a day.

Here's one article where Dame Joan Bakewell reflects on her self-isolation.

If you know of any article that helps family tree enthusiasts interpret DNA results please send them my way and I'll pass them on to Dad.

You can find out more about the Centre for Life in Newcastle here.

Dad also loves programmes by Professor Alice Roberts (@thealiceroberts on twitter) and Neil Oliver (@thecoastguy on twitter).

Deci, E. L., and Ryan, R. M. (1985). The general causality orientations scale: self-determination in personality. J. Res. Pers. 19, 109–134. doi: 10.1016/0092-6566(85)90023-6

Deci, E. L., and Ryan, R. M. (2000). The “what” and “why” of goal pursuits: human needs and the self-determination of behavior. Psychol. Inq. 11, 227–268. doi: 10.1207/S15327965PLI1104_01

Hagger, M. S., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., and Harris, J. (2006). From psychological need satisfaction to intentional behavior: testing a motivational sequence in two behavioral contexts. PSPB 32, 131–148. doi: 10.1177/0146167205279905

Krause Amanda E., North Adrian C., Davidson Jane W. (2019) Using Self-Determination Theory to Examine Musical Participation and Well-Being Frontiers in Psychology 10, 405

Ryan, R. M., and Deci, E. L. (2002). “An overview of Self-determination Theory: An organismic-dialectical perspective,” in Handbook of Self-Determination Research, eds E. L. Deci and R. M. Ryan (Rochester, NY: The University of Rochester Press).


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