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Social Emotional 

Step 1 Problem and The Tunnel




  • The tunnel represents problems or challenges.

  • Though the focus on problems does little to solve them, it is important to define them.

  • Problems can be complex or simple.

  • A problem for one person may not a problem for another.

  • Problems and challenges are important to build resilience.


  • How a person approaches a problem determines their mindset. 

  • It is important to spend a moment defining what a problem could be in order to determine what the opposition or the solution could be.

Solve Problems

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In the tunnel

  • Problems trigger a certain amount of stress.  

    • Small amounts of stress can be motivating and can enlist your brain and body's resources to go about solving the problem or task. (desirable difficulty)

  • Solving 'just right sized problems allows your brain to enter the state of "Flow"

  • Getting 'stuck' in the tunnel is undesirable

    • When the problem is perceived as unmanageable, too big or some people get 'stuck' in the problem which increases stress. This can cause people to exhibit a variety of responses.

  • Some people view problems as evidence of failure or fallibility.  

  • It is essential to encourage people and support them through problems, so they have the resilience to get through them on their own.  Do not ever solve other's problems for them.


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Integrity and Honesty

  • Sometimes when a problem appears too big, people attempt unhealthy strategies to solve the problem

    • Dishonesty

    • Avoidance
      • mess around or talk to a neighbor
      • hiding
      • intoxication
      • social media
      • getting lost in a book
    • Blame
  • These approaches only serve to cause other problems.
  • These additional problems compound the problem and stress.
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