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Teens Are Transformed By Learning How To Stand Up For Others - Public Health Educator John Martin Applies Improvisation To The Problem of Bullying

The American Journal of Psychiatry recently published one of the first long-term studies of the impact of bullying which - unsurprisingly - found it to have serious consequences well into adult life. Individuals at age 50 who were targets of this kind of aggression in childhood had measurable deficits to physical, psychological and cognitive health. They were also at increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, lower educational levels, longer periods of unemployment, lower overall earnings and lower quality of life and life satisfaction. And despite increased awareness about the prevalence and power of this problem, a 2014 report published by the Hazelden Foundation described bullying as "one of the most pressing issue facing our nation's youth." 
     A culture in which this kind of social aggression is both common and countenanced can be changed, but it requires a focused effort to raise the emotional intelligence within a community. Senior Pub…

Four Powerful Ways Applied Improvisation Develops Creative Confidence

The four fears that hold us back from trying new things, making strong, committed moves toward a personal vision or goal, or generally making positive change are: 

fear of the messy unknown;fear of being judged;fear of the first step; fear of losing control.This is according to Stanford's Hasso Plattner School of Design founder David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, general manager of IDEO, who specialize in empowering people and organizations to engage with their creative capacities in order to reap the remarkable benefits.  And these are what many people describe as the fears that rise up when learning to improvise, in which we agree to a situation rife with discomfort but also riddled with delightful possibilities.  Fear of the messy unknown. Because we are collaborating with other people in an improvisation, and based on the rules of the game, we step into a "messy unknown" which we do not control nor can anticipate. Something develops. We contribute to what devel…

Awful Experience? Awesome story! Stevie GB's Human Comedy

"You should bring something into the world that wasn't in the world before.  It doesn't matter what that is. It doesn't matter if it's a table or a film or gardening--everyone should create.  You should do something, then sit back and say, ‘I did that.’” Ricky Gervais
Funny story. 'I was hired to do a private party for a Pakastani family," states Long Island comic Stevie GB, who performs regularly in the Long Island Comedy Festival and has opened
for comedy legends such as Louis Anderson, Uncle Floyd and Bobby Collins. "The son had become a doctor. I arrive at their house to discover the show is in their living room. For 7 people. I'm thinking 'they won't understand my jokes.' 'This is so strange and uncomfortable.' I almost bailed out.:
    And there there was the time he was hired to perform a half hour of stand-up at an outdoor 4th of July party. 'It was the worst idea they could have come up with," he laughs. "N…