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15 frases que explican 6 meses/ 15 sentences that explain 6 months!

Practicando el arte de volver

I have been out of blogging for 6 months and I wanted to choose 15 sentences (or learning experiences) that summarize a bit a few months of intense projects abroad, attending people, developing projects and also meeting amazing people and learning about LIFE. I hope you like it!

He estado 6 meses alejada del teclado “del blog”, por eso he querido seleccionar 15 frases – o 15 lecciones de aprendizaje, que resumen unos cuantos meses, de proyectos en el extranjero relacionados con derechos humanos, atender personas, conocer gente fantástica y aprender sobre la vida. Espero que os resulte de interés!

#humanrights #psychology #trauma #refugees #education #violence #activism 

  1. NEGACIÓN/DENIAL. No ves que no ves! Por eso estamos aquí, para probar unas gafas graduadas de amor propio! _ You can´t see that you do not see! That’s why we’re here, to try some graduated glasses of self-love!

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“TOT” un proyecto revolucionario en Reino Unido

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If you really need an English translation, please slide down 🙂

TOT, así se llama el último proyecto del que he formado parte, esta vez en Inglaterra y con jóvenes profesionales de Turquía, Armenia, Hungría, Bielorrusia, Ucrania, Moldavia, Reino Unido, Italia y España. El proyecto comenzó el pasado mes de julio, en una localidad en el norte de Londres y terminó en Southease, un diminuto pueblo inglés muy al sur de Inglaterra el pasado 5 de noviembre.

En TOT ocurrieron cosas maravillosas, es la tendencia de lo esperable, lo que suele ocurrir cuando personas con muchas ganas de hacer cosas novedosas y con cierto instinto natural para ayudar a los demás se reúnen y comparten tiempo de calidad. Sigue leyendo


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Neuroeconomía y el arte de decidir

Suena complejo eso de la Neuroeconomía, sin embargo quizás pueda reducirse simplemente a analizar el por qué nos comportamos de cierta manera o tomamos algunas decisiones. Al final, la vida es eso, un puñado de buenas y malas decisiones. Hay un puente que no es fácil de distinguir entre la matemática y la psicología, en esa dirección también está la economía y todo ello en conjunto empuja a la política y a las sociedades.

Es demasiado complejo tratar de comprender qué ocurre en el cerebro cuando apostamos o decidimos, y sobre todo por qué algunas personas son tan patosas en el proceso, y sin embargo otras suelen acertar más o menos en el blanco.

En mi caso, nunca quise estudiar matemáticas, e incluso me resulta aburrido buscar los símbolos matemáticos en el teclado. Yo no sé de matemáticas, pero comencé a investigar sobre la cognición numérica y había algo en ella que me apasionaba. Tampoco nunca quise estudiar los mercados, ni formar parte del mundo corporativo, sin embargo tras descubrir el poder del comportamiento de masas y elección de compra y adquisición que mostramos los humanos y el impacto que todo ello genera en la sociedad, la curiosidad se apoderó de mí. Sigue leyendo


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La ciencia del tonto, que no es tan tonto

¡Porque si! Hay una ciencia para todo, un por qué, una explicación, ciertas razones para el sí y el no, del por qué vas o te quedas, por qué lo dijiste o te callaste. Hay una explicación de por qué nunca te atreviste a hacer aquello en lo que todavía hoy piensas, y sabes que te quema y consume el suspiro antes de dormir. Las personas no se despiertan un buen día y dicen ¡voy a ser así! Las personas se fraguan, se cuecen a fuego lento, se forjan en función de la vida que han tenido. Las personas se construyen a sí mismas, por encima de sus genes y mitocondrias, de las circunstancias o del tiempo, nos determinamos cada vez que actuamos de una manera u otra. Esto asusta porque implica que el equivocarnos y haber hecho lo insuficiente por aquello que amamos nos escuece.

Tranquilo, si escuece es que vas bien. Ráscate. Sigue leyendo


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To all Recruiters & Managers

[Free thoughts and 15 minutes break at office]

Lots of companies ask “up to 5 minutes video clips” to their candidates, showing their creativity and uniqueness; then the video “must be uploaded to YouTube”. Also short, innovative and awesome essays “up to x words” and of course resume, good grades, languages, a smiley face, and don´t forget the “Aptitude & Attitudes Lot” (to be… efficient-excellent-a good leader-patient-resilient- a cheerleader and so on?). The pressure of time and deadlines are always there; then if they are lucky they get into the next phase – the terrifying interview.

I am conscious of how hard developing a career is and how terrible the labor market is, but really… Are these recruiting processes human and fair? Sigue leyendo


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Bangladesh – Niñas Sin Edad

Dacar, Enero del 2016

  • Dime… ¿Cómo es un día en una escuela en Bangladesh?
  • Es difícil describir un sólo día en Bangladesh, porque hay tantos estímulos para los sentidos… ¿te refieres a las niñas en Bangladesh? ¿Quieres hablar sobre los derechos de las niñas?
  • Quiero conocer la historia de esos niños…
  • ¿Podrías escribir sobre esto?


BANGLADESH – NIÑAS SIN EDAD- 

Las niñas de Bangladesh han perdido su edad,
se ha desvanecido por el camino
entre sus deberes, sus carencias, sus miedos
se ha desvanecido ante sus pies
ante sus ojos… pero sobre todo ante sus manos Sigue leyendo


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Cognitive Processing in Bilinguals: Serbian, English, Spanish & Italian

I met Lena two years ago in Tetovo, Macedonia (Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); we spent 10 days together collaborating in “a fascinating project”. – Lena speaks perfectly four languages! Serbian, English, Spanish and Italian…

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I remember her as a very good communicator, highly respected and trusted and with an extraordinary ability to build relationships. I was fascinated with her ability to speak Spanish; of course, she is bilingual in Serbian and English. I couldn´t believe during those 10 days that she´d taught herself Spanish (and today I discovered that she also speaks Italian). Speechless!

I enjoyed a lot reading Lena´s opinion; I found the perfect “polyglot example”. She told me once “you have to listen to a language as music

Today, she mentioned stories, drawings, songs, lyrics, her teacher´s personality, the constructive part of learning as a tool to rediscover oneself and how ditching perfectionism helps on the process.

It was inspiring to read her messages… giving feedback about what she understood, participating, asking questions for clarification and always listening what others want to say or express; I´m bringing back memories – Tetovo!

Each time my inbox gets these reminders; I am flooded with nice memories. It´s very exciting to see how people that one day you met, and with who you spent valuable time are doing great things with their lives. It doesn´t matter how many years have passed by, projects create and an amazing connection between people which is difficult to explain through words.

So, here´s Lena and how she learned four languages … Sigue leyendo


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Cognitive Processing in Bilinguals: Mi experiencia

If you read Edupsychlab.org, you will find out two things at first sight, especially if English is your mother tongue. First, you will notice that I am an adult, probably a woman (due to my expression) and then, you will realize that English is not my first language. So, it´s true! – A few months ago, I started to study myself; the way how I process an opaque language (English) and how it affects to the way I process and learn information in this language and others.

Bilingualism: Is Galician Language reigning in my brain?

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“Las Mariscadoras” de Luis Seoane (Buenos Aires) http://www.galiciaunica.es

Due to the geographical situation of my Home Town, between two countries and where two official languages are recognized, I am bilingual and I´ve been instructed in a 50%- 50% balance.

Nevertheless, I suppose that this condition is almost impossible, it seems like one language needs to be the “queen”.

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My brain craves images, and yours?

When I was a kid, I struggled in classroom each time we had to do a summary. I liked so much colors and shapes. I still remember THE ADVISE – If you continue painting each time that you want to memorize stuff; you will never learn how to write properly. – Now I am an adult, I use to write the content of books and I am saying in public that my brain craves images; Funny, – Isn´t it?

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Graphic Recording – Learning & DNA

After a few years and still in high school, another teacher banned the use of pencils and colorful markers in the classroom. I recently found packed in a box my old notebooks; it´s curious see all content in blue/black color, and “big schemes with drawings, arrows and shapes”, hidden to the human eye, in the last “dirty-page”. Sigue leyendo


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Learning in Poland: Multicultural Education

Benefits of learning and working in a multicultural environment

Poland/ October 2015

There are many nationalities here, and various ethnicities, different languages and ideologies. When one learns in a multicultural environment, our train of thought is broadened than usual. We are exposed to a rich variety of values and cultures, absorbing all those different tendencies and being able to apply them to any situation in our lives. These interpersonal skills are “a key” to succeed in a today´s modern multicultural society. Sigue leyendo


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Turning passions into careers

Workshopping a Green-Day

Beans and the Holy Matter

It can result a bit childish spend time thinking how turning our great passions in exciting careers… but, did you experience how boring is that easy job? – I don´t agree with Confucius that time, when he wrote … chose a job that you like and you will never have to work again. – No, sorry… “You will never have to work a day in your life”. Pretty too much; this is a good moment to take your books, brushes, stovepipe hats, masks, drills, scalpels, guitars or whatever you need… and practice, practice, practice… – Do you want to be a good professional? Sigue leyendo


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Let´s talk about failure: Your Ego must try “Humble Pie”

Rejection is just part of the landscape for all beginning artists. Some think that there are just some pre-ordained Golden Children who get everything, and that’s really not the case – Monica Byrne

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Nowadays we are being bombarded with success stories and triumph. – Don´t get me wrong, I am not saying that is something bad, it is just unreal. Somehow it is a fantasy, a play, a sweet cupcake that feeds our Ego. The problem came when we started to feed our Ego with prodigious amounts of sugar, losing slowly the awareness of reality. Linkedin, Facebook and all social media provides to our Ego a good tool to get more calories. Taking in account that most of the emotional problems are based on irrational thinking and wrong “beliefs” about how the world works. – What are we doing?

Photo: Street Art. NYC (2015). Kevin. S

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Random Photography by a Psychologist: Learning by doing

Today´s post will be different, more personal. I started to write this blog exactly three years ago, and during this time, my writing has changed, it became more professional, mature, focused and even serious. My life is not serious at all, but my job sometimes it is – rewarding and challenging in equal measure. Today´s post is about the places where I have been working or collaborating during the last years and concrete moments which made a difference. From my point of view, these photos reflect very well the course of my life, it explains why I am writing in English right now, why I have a few magazines about art on my desk, explains the hours I spend writing just for fun or the reason why I have a German dictionary under my cup of tea. These photos explain the passion I feel about psychology and education, how I became committed with children rights, inclusion, and a “lover of diversity” – on the whole meaning. I discovered how to use art performance in communication, how much important are family ties and the trace of culture in our personality.

“The most important, I learnt how to appreciate diversity, and to stop judging and fearing of the unknown” Sigue leyendo


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Lifelong Learning, Non Formal Learning: The New Educational Order

Lifelong Learning & the New Educational Order

Lifelong learning is a wonder drug which, on its own, will solve a wide range of educational, social and political ills” (British Educational Research Journal, 1999).

Lifelong learning is “all learning activity” undertaken throughout life, with the aim to provide knowledge, skills and competences. It means to acquire and update all kind of abilities, interests and knowledge that will enable each citizen to adapt to the “Knowledge Society” and participate in all spheres in life (Social – Economic – Cultural).
Lifelong learning means also a second chance, providing opportunities and tailoring the education to the needs (– Potential!) of the learner. Special efforts are needed in this context for different groups such as ethnic minorities, people with disabilities or people living in rural areas. Lifelong Learning is also about “learning culture”, to incentive the people who opt for learning and improve themselves.

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Poor thinkers surviving in the “Knowledge Era”

“Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven.” – Edward de Bono

“Dthinkingskills4SMear reader, I mean poor thinkers, not unintelligent or unable to be intelligent – I don´t believe in that.”

Currently, we live in the society of knowledge. Since the 60s, there have been changes in the industrial societies, affecting hugely our social and economic structure. The knowledge has been established as the main shaft, replacing labor, row materials and capital as the most important source of productivity and growth. The cost of the “society of knowledge” lies in the strong social inequality that has generated.

According to the OECD reports, Spanish students scored significantly below the average in math, science, reading and problem solving (comparing with other European countries). It seems that education in Spain is too much focused in the reproduction of content and not in the real application of learning contexts. Sigue leyendo