Thursday, 8 January 2009

Word of the Day

Today's word is de-catastrophise, and our thanks to Swinburne's own Dr Karen Hansen for the word. When we set out to plan our annual staff review day, the Big Day In, it was a natural step for the event to be kicked off by an expert in emotional intelligence, and Karen heads Swinburne's EI and Education Research Unit. It is from that environment that the word of the day comes.

The term is defined on ReachOut, a site for young people with problems: "When you catastrophise, you exaggerate the consequences when things go wrong, and you imagine that things are or will be disastrous. The challenge: de-catastrophise."

Or to quote the Hitchhjkers' Guide to the Galaxy, Don't panic.

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