Empowerment is a hot topic. The idea that we can step into our brilliance and self empower is a sexy subject and something most of us will admit to wanting in our lives. Yet empowerment assumes that we understand how we disempower ourselves and in my experience that's the piece that often stays hidden in the shadows. I believe this means that we slap plasters on wounds instead of really healing the pieces that give us authentic empowerment.
When bad things happen it is so easy to get into a spiral of feeling down, whether its something big like illness, relationship troubles or a relatively minor thing like your car won't start or your best top gets boil washed and comes out small enough for a Barbie...
In a week where Emma Watson challenges men and women to work together to create equality, we encourage you to make empowered choices about where you put your attention.
That question was asked, almost as an aside, by a BBC journalist of a senior policeman in an item on the reduction of violent crime (a 12% fall had been recorded, an ongoing trend): “Do you think“, he asked, “that the increasing power of women is a factor in the violent crime figures going down?”
Psychologies’ very own Suzy Greaves and I were having an interesting discussion the other day about how authenticity seems to be the in-vogue value.