Entries by Robert Sams

Dolphyn Newsletter – July 2016

Dolphyn’s latest Newsletter is out with updates on: Our First Book called Social Sensemaking : a reflective journal, how we make sense of risk.  The launch of Dr Robert Long’s latest book – Risk Conversations : The Law, Social Psychology and Risk An update on Dolphyn’s revised Due Diligence program Information about the upcoming SEEK Program in Melbourne […]

The Power in Silence

The Power in Silence Effective communication, conversation and consultation are vital in our support of others to learn about, and discern risk. So vital in fact, that if I were asked; “what is the one of the most helpful things that we could do to better support others in dealing with risk? I would certainly […]

Beware – Hazardous OINTMENT

Beware – Hazardous OINTMENT One thing that I have become deeply aware of over the past few years is the impact that social arrangements have on us, especially in how we make decisions and judgments about risk. Many of our decisions and choices are impacted, often through our unconscious, by a multitude of factors from […]

The Power in Helping

“…at the beginning, every helping relationship is a state of imbalance. The client is one down and therefore vulnerable; the helper is one up and therefore powerful” (p. 35) Edgar Schein in Helping (2011, p. 35) I wonder if one of the greatest privileges and opportunities we may have as a human being is to be either the […]

What I Learned from Pete’s Ball of Wool

What I Learned from Pete’s Ball of Wool It was a balmy night in Sydney last Thursday. A good setting to catch up with a friend for dinner and then enjoy a leisurely stroll back to my hotel. Before you become too concerned and turn off, bare with me as no, this is not my […]

Why we Need to Accept Pain and Suffering

Recognising that depression can be dealt with in a ‘paradoxical way’ may be why we in risk and safety struggle to understand it. A close friend has recently started as a mentor in a program that supports women who have been victims of severe domestic violence, to work their way back into society. Part of […]

Amping it up in Safety

The SARF model accepts the important role that our social arrangements have in our decision-making. This is why an understanding of social psychology is critical in our understanding of risk. In a recent blog I asked why are we afraid, and explored fear and how it may impact on our feelings, and decisions about risk. I […]

Why are we Afraid?

“…..every human brain has not one, but two systems of thought. They called them Systems One and System Two. The ancient Greeks arrived at this conception of humanity a little earlier than scientists-personified the two systems in the form of gods Dionysus and Apollo. We know them better as Feeling and Reason” Daniel Gardner – The […]

Learning is a Social Activity

As I reflect on the last three years and consider the year ahead, what I recognise as being the most valuable, in fact the single most critical facet of my learning, is that is has been done through communing with others As many would know, I’ve been on a learning journey (or ‘adventure’ as I […]

Please Don’t Try to Fix Me – I’m Not a Machine

It may be that instead of giving us a friendly world that would never challenge us and therefore never make us strong, God gave us a world that would inevitably break our hearts, and compensated for that by planting in our souls the gift of resilience.  (Kushner 2007, p.55)* My good friend Brian is a […]