Transcending unconscious bias
Developed and delivered by Dr Clara Seeger PhD, MAC, AKC
Mindfulness, Neuroscience & Mental Balance Coach
Many studies have shown that unconscious bias training is only marginally effective in counteracting bias. This may be because the training is often based on the assumption that bias is hardwired into our brain, and therefore we have little hope of overcoming it. By contrast, Dr Seeger’s unconscious bias training is based on the working hypothesis that while cognitive biases are mostly connate (we are born with them), they can be counteracted and indeed overcome, with sufficient training of the mind. The programme thus offers a radically different approach to most available neuroscience-based programmes: a classification which is based on a four-fold framework of mental balance. The four aspects in the framework comprise not only cognitive and emotional, but also conative (our desires and priorities), and attentional (how and where we focus our attention) biases.
This provides a “bottom-up” approach – training the mind itself – rather than the usual “top-down” approach of merely providing guidelines or strategies to target behaviour. Meditative practices are introduced to support the observation and investigation of our biases, and to offer antidotes that can be applied and practised in daily life.
In this Unconscious Bias programme you will learn:
- The neuroscientific understanding of unconscious bias in the brain
- A classification of different biases based on a four-fold model of mental balance
- Practices for overcoming conative bias
- Practices for overcoming attentional bias
- Practices for overcoming cognitive bias
- Practices for overcoming emotional bias
- How to apply insights about unconscious bias to the workplace
- Ways of integrating practices into daily life
About Dr Clara Seeger
Dr. Seeger is a Mindfulness and Neuroleadership coach, corporate facilitator, speaker and author with an MSc in Neuroscience and Mindfulness, specialising in facilitating positive change through Mindfulness, applied Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence. Oxford-educated and with a PhD from King’s College London, she worked in Investment Banking before retraining as a coach. Clara works with international companies across many sectors and countries, delivering mindfulness interventions, neuroscience-based leadership development, executive coaching and brain-based coach training to help clients successfully navigate change whilst maximising focus, productivity and wellbeing.
Clara has developed her own mindfulness-based coaching methodology and is passionate about introducing the benefits and neuroscience of mindfulness to the corporate world, both theoretically and practically. She is the author of Mindfulness At Work In A Week: Learn To Be Mindful In Seven Simple Steps (Hachette UK, 2016), a practical and neuroscience-based introduction to mindfulness for the workplace. Her previous book Investing in Meaning – An Alternative Approach to Leveraging your Portfolio (Completely Novel, 2012), is a coaching book for helping professionals maximise their sense of meaning at work.
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