In today's interview, clinical psychologist Dr. Roger Olson talks about three different characters that each of us can develop that will help strengthen minds and build connection and resilience. Each character represents a set of skills that children can learn from their parents. The Captain refers to executive functioning skill. In other words, one's "capacity to meet challenges and accomplish goals." The Lookout refers to mindfulness, awareness and perspective taking. The Storyteller is all about making sense of our life story, reframing obstacles as opportunities and shaping our inner dialogue to be language that has the potential to serve our highest self. All of this, of course, begins with parental modeling of these character traits and skills.
Quicklinks to Resources from this Episode
Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water: Reflections on Stress and Human Spirituality
Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide To Flourishing
Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain
Character Strength Survey
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Thich Nhat Hanh and The Mindfulness Bell
Question Prompts for Reflecting on Your Own Childhood (Adult Attachment Interview Protocol)
Meditation apps: Headspace, Calm
Mindful Parenting Classes - St. Luke's, Boise, ID 208-381-9000
Vashti Summervill is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a certified teacher in the state of Idaho. She is the secretary of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition and the co-chair of the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council.