In our 12-week #BetterYou program, you will encounter discussions around the concept of #CriticalFriend. This is very important for the creation of #SafeSpace for the #peergroup. Though we devote our first two sessions to these concepts, here we want to provide a glimpse of what #CriticalFriend means by describing #CASH.
Think about any recent (or distant) conversations you have had with others that were valuable in content and provided you with new insights about something related to you. What made them so effective? So memorable? So personalized for you? Had to do something with how you talked about the topic and how the others responded/engaged, right?
Caring: The individuals you interact with demonstrate caring for you. The reason they are listening to you is not for an ulterior motive, but to genuinely hear you out.
Attentive: The individuals were focused on your words and not distracted while they were listening to you. This allowed them to not just hear you, but to understand you.
Supportive: The individuals were supportive. Their intent was not to disprove you, nor to show you how they are better, but really to support you in addressing the issue at hand.
Honest: The individuals provided you with honest opinions and feedback. They didn't mince words, nor tried to be diplomatic or superficial. Their honesty touched your mind in a way where their words resonated with you and remained with you long after the discussion was over.
At #PBJAM, we do emphasize our structures, methods, and tools to bring #CASH peer out of each participant. The outcomes are genuine and effective progress for each participant over the time they are with #PBJAM (and even afterward!).