Grand Challenge
The American workforce is experiencing a significant skills gap, particularly around “power skills” – those skills necessary for success in the workplace – such as communication, teamwork, collaboration, adaptability, conflict resolution, problem solving, and critical thinking. A 2014 CareerBuilder survey found that 77 percent of employers believe these skills are just as important as “hard” (or technical) skills, and 16 percent of employers believe they are more important to an employee’s success in the workplace. Similarly, a 2013 survey of top executives found that 44 percent of those executives defined the current skills gap among American workers as a lack of these skills. Experts argue that this skills gap will only grow in the coming years, and that to stay competitive in the global economy and provide engaging, skilled employment, both the private and public sectors must tackle this problem. Lack of “power skills” and workplace readiness among American workers is a Grand Challenge that must be addressed.”

Is DSR scientifically proved?

Parts of it are commonly used a tools in psychotherapy. Many of them are well proved. These are questions and metaphor. Respect and understanding (as a part of winning communication style) are also widely recognized as a foundation of successful therapy. In case of such methods like common values we haven’t collected yet enough data. Also in case of provocative communication we have no information about actual scientific researches. Provocative therapy as a method is known for more than 40 years and is used by some therapist.

In case of using this communication methods and styles in other field as therapy, the amount of researches is lower. Of course exist researches in the field of pedagogy.

In case of socialization the amount or researches are the lowest. In this case we are using “prior probability”. Our hypothesis is:

If most of this methods are proved and widely used by therapist in the process of therapy, these methods will be also efficient in the field of pedagogy and socialization. Meaning in case of partners, friends and school or work colleges.

Maciej Czekaj based his hypothesis on book of Romana Miller “Socjalizacja, wychowanie, psychoterapia” from 1981. The author, Gdańsk University Professor in the field of Pedagogy, was writing about similarities of processes between socialization, upbringing and psychotherapy. Reading this book around 2004 influenced creator of DSR method heavily. After it, he started learning more psychotherapist skills, to use them later in everyday situations. His own observations were same to Romana Miller’s.

From our observations: psychotherapist, parent, partner, friend, teacher – these people are using the same methods: questions, stories, they are pulling and they are pushing. The difference is only in skillfulness and application in different field. But the core skills are the same.

It’s constantly the same thing. The same working minds. The same words.

It’s called Communication.

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