Observations and Thoughts

When you feel some nervousness

When you feel some nervousness before an important meeting or event, the following five things can help you:

1. Try to catch with your eyes something interesting around, disturb your focus on yourself by focusing on a tree, or flower, or sky, or elements of ceiling or floor. Concentrate your attention – even for a short while – on something outer but not inner.

2. Release your body tensions, relax muscles. You can “scan” mentally your body and release all the tensions you have noticed.

3. Breath deeper. Rapid and shallow breathing are typical signs of nervousness, and when you change this pattern, you can get more relaxed state of mind and body.

4. Smile. Even a little smile brings some joy and positively affects your inner condition.

5. Keep confidence with a straight posture and gait. Self-confidence increases your social status improves your image.

By the way, don’t forget to eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner – you need energy. And drink water – that also helps in emotional self-regulation.

These recommendations came out from my life experience.

The most important indication of education

If we would point to a single most important indication of education (being educated), I believe that shall be the ability of an individual to operate with abstract concepts in a written form. In other way, that is a capacity to formulate ideas and write about complex matters. Of course, the highest level of such a mastery is the skill of writing a complex text in the simplest way.

With American Psychologists

With Maria Bowen, a close friend and colleague of Carl Rogers (in La Jolla, California, 1989; I also invited Maria Bowen to Uzbekistan and she organized a client-centered workshop in Tashkent in 1991)
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With Professor Stanley Krippner of Saybrook University (on the right side), who served as President of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, President of the Parapsychological Association and President of the Association for the Study of Dreams (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Krippner) and Francis Macy (on the left side), a former Director of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and organizer of the trip of Carl Rogers to the Soviet Union in 1986 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Underhill_Macy) . Saybrook University, Oakland, California, 1992

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Facebook activities of the U.S. Embassies in Tashkent and Astana: comparative analysis

Another interesting research about the use of FB by embassies: comparative analysis of the U.S. Embassy Facebook pages in Tashkent and Astana (from 04.04.2015-04.04.2016).

This case study was done by O.Bekkulbekov, O.Ramazanov, M.Choriev, D.Umarov and I.Tukhtasunov, 4th year students of UWED, in our Public Diplomacy course. Well done!

Here are some slides of this study:

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Comparative analysis of diplomatic Facebook pages

Within our Public Diplomacy course, our students conducted some fascinating case studies – comparative analyses of various diplomatic social media accounts. Here are some slides about French and Indian Embassies Facebook activities in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (from 04.01.2015-04.01.2016).

Prepared by Anvar B., Sevdiyor S., Shokhruh S., and Bobomurod M.

Here are some slides of this study:

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