Between the lines

There are so many things we can learn about the people around us in a world where migration became normal. Also working atmosphere and holiday stays can be extremely enhanced by reading the behavior of your counterpart.

Gestures are one form of nonverbal communication in which visible body actions are used to communicate messages, either to replace speech or parallel with spoken words. Movement of the hands and head are mainly included. Gestures are culture-specific and can convey very different meanings in different social or cultural settings. That’s why it is so important to know the basics of gestures of cultures we live visit or even live with. A single emblematic gesture can have very different significance in different cultural contexts, ranging from complimentary to highly offensive.

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Cyber Me

Back in the 90ies when the internet started to conquer our private computers many people were afraid that people would pretend to be someone else and no one could keep control on that. There were no limits set to our imagination. We could transform into superheroes or talking dogs. Continue reading

Who is “WE”?

Following the book of the neuro-scientist Gerald Hüther Was wir sind und was wir sein könnten (What we are and what we could be) we should maybe start to think who We really are. The scientist wrote in 2011 rightly that in times of higher mobility and cultural interchange a different We-feeling exists than it prevailed in times of our great-grandparents. But a real signal of readiness for a new We isn’t perceptible. Why is this being the case? Continue reading

Support of children | part two

Asia is famous for awesome, save and relaxed holiday destinations. Many countries are economically dynamic but simultaneously social very unequitable. Some big landowners control the market and hundreds of workers are dependent to them. A large section of the population has to live from less than one US-Dollar a day. The consequences are undernutrition, waifs, child trafficking and high child mortality as well as high HIV/Aids rates within the ones to suffer. That is where the KNH (Kindernothilfe) helps with their projects.

Other big problems are the periodic reoccurring natural disasters like tsunamis, floats and typhoons. School tracks or whole schools are washed away, houses have to be rebuilt. Hygiene standard fall rapidly and so new health problems occur – another reason for KNH projects.

In 2012 the KNH had two Self-Help-Groups in Tuy in the south of the Philippine island Luzon. Both groups had problems with big landowners and worked on a strategy to get some land to cultivate. Furthermore the school tracks were nearly unusable during rainy season.


Here is the second story of the two visited groups in Tuy

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The second village was in an even worse situation. Expelled from the landowners a group of people decided to move to a region far off the civilization to escape the suppression of the system and to live more autonomously. The houses lay up on a relative steep hill sheltered by a grove. Continue reading

Support of children | part one

Asia is famous for awesome, save and relaxed holiday destinations. Many countries are economically dynamic but simultaneously social very unequitable. Some big landowners control the market and hundreds of workers are dependent to them. A large section of the population has to live from less than one US-Dollar a day. The consequences are undernutrition, waifs, child trafficking and high child mortality as well as high HIV/Aids rates within the ones to suffer. That is where the KNH (Kindernothilfe) helps with their projects.

Other big problems are the periodic recurring natural disasters like tsunamis, floats and typhoons. School tracks or whole schools are washed away, houses have to be rebuilt. Hygiene standard fall rapidly and so new health problem occur – another reason for KNH projects.

In 2012 the KNH had two Self-Help-Groups in Tuy in the south of the Philippine island Luzon. Both groups had problems with big landowners and worked on a strategy to get some land to cultivate. Furthermore the school tracks were nearly unusable during rainy season.


Here is the first story of the two visited groups in Tuy

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The members of Self-Help-Groups are wearing tricots to show their affiliation.

Tuy is hilly region of Batangas where the partly plain ground is plastered with cultivated land. The land is arid which leads to water shortage in dry period and floodings during rainy season. Continue reading

physical balance

Slowly it becomes a little quieter around the refugee streams waiting to enter Europe. But still there are a lot of people waiting for decision that will change their lives completely. And also within the European countries are many people waiting whether they could stay or have to continue their journey.

We have already heard about the importance of physical balance in emotional stressful situations because exclusion or rejection responds to the same brain area as physical pain and disturb the inner balance. Many youngsters are passionate about sports because it helps them to find their place in a group playfully and the physical exercise let them forget about their problems for a while. Continue reading

at first sight

From early childhood we are pointed to the fact that only our inner values count. To judge people by their appearance and physiognomy is regarded a superficial. This article is about these superficialities and, nevertheless, how they control our everyday lives.

There is no discussion that it is necessary to look at the character and behavior of a person but in a biological context our outer appearance plays also a certain role. When we look into the past – not our personal past but past life of our ancestors – we face a life of competition and struggle for resources. Also nowadays our lives are dominated by a competition about jobs and mates. Continue reading

The right balance

Here is the second part of the story of two refugees from Afghanistan who went through a lot of challenging situations and often came to a turning point in their young lives. Not only the migration to Austria but also their former lives in Afghanistan were not comparable to our childhood. As a child they could only forget about their daily life problems when they were doing sports. Later on, they found their passion and inner balance in sports and maybe get now the chance to become professional sportsman.

Nevertheless both know how important education is and so they made up for their school diploma in Austria. That’s where we met…


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Abdullah was born in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan in 1995. Because of the bad safety situation he could not got to school. He loved to play football from early childhood on and played on the streets with his brothers. Continue reading

The angle of vision

Perception is a complex system to process sensory stimuli. A human being screens unconsciously and consciously those stimuli and merges the information subjectively to a useful overall impression.

That’s what we do in our daily life and also every day at work. If we already work in the same work area since years we know exactly which steps are coming next and which part we fulfill in the client interaction.

Often repeated situations leave a certain impression und lead to a certain behavior. Our senses collect information from the environment and influence the general impression of our job or our part in our working space – in general our self-perception.

Certainly in the psychology of everyday’s life not only the opinion of our selves respectively our behavior and confidence are important but also the impressions others have toward us – the so called external perception. Continue reading