Relativity is the word used to describe the quality of being relative, of something only having significance in relation to something else.
According to relativity, things aren’t good or bad in themselves; they only have significance in relation to other things.
In physics, relativity refers to Einstein’s theory that time and space are not absolute. For example, time partially depends on our perceptions of it: time is relative.
In life, the quality of our relationships, the impact of our experiences, our success and ultimately our happiness and wellbeing are influenced by relativity.
Have you ever been having a terrible day only to hear of a tragedy that has befallen someone…notice how quickly you forget about your own ‘troubles’ and feel more positive (and even grateful) for your situation or day? This has NOTHING to do with you lacking compassion or empathy for the person who has experienced a tragedy and EVERYTHING to do with the effect of relativity in our life.
Happily, it doesn’t take a tragedy to befall someone to prompt us to feel better about our lives. Improving our understanding of the workings of our own human biology through positive psychology and the neuroscience that underpins it can help us understand how to make positive choices and achieve daily relativity so that we don’t merely survive, but thrive, irrespective of our past or current experiences or circumstance.
To inspire and empower individuals globally to make positive choices through accessible knowledge of how our brains, bodies and minds function and flourish, helping individuals and our world to not just survive but to thrive.
How we show up in the world matters and understanding our biology is key to making positive choices.
We have the power to change ourselves.
In changing ourselves we have the power to change the world.
Relativity4 is dedicated to creating deep social change built on core ingredients of emotional intelligence, neuroscience and positive psychology.
We simplify the science helping individuals and organisations to
We believe that understanding our biology is key to navigating the inevitable ups, downs and change in life. We work to gather, distil and share the science of the brain, body and mind, empowering individuals to proactively manage their health and well-being, to live more satisfying and fulfilling lives, and to better lead others, enriching not just their own lives but the lives of those around them.
We call this knowledge Learning 4 Life and our mission is to ensure it is not just accessible but actively encouraged in all workplaces, schools and communities allowing individuals, organisations and ultimately our world to thrive.
We are contributing to the creation of a conscious and compassionate world by inspiring and empowering people to make positive choices through knowledge and practical techniques that can be applied across all areas of life from our schools and workplaces to our homes and everywhere in between.
Guided by our core values we work to empower positive change in the lives of individuals and organisations... and ultimately the nature and future of society as we know it.
Organisations, schools, families, communities are all made up of individuals - if we can each achieve positive change – together we will make a difference in our world.
Believe in your ability to make a difference.
Contact us now to find out how we can bring some Learning 4 Life to your business or school.
Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the human mind, but not only has it traditionally focused predominantly on pathology, damage and weakness, but sadly most people expand their knowledge of psychology - the workings of their own mind - in a predominantly reactive way, if at all, in their life. They wait for pathology, damage, weakness or trauma to be identified or to occur, then they try and understand how to treat, repair or mitigate it. I myself fell into this pattern in my life.
My introduction to positive psychology came only after experiencing significant trauma, where despite some ‘traditional’ interventions being instrumental in helping to move past the traumatic life events, I realised I still needed to counteract the damage resultant from these difficult experiences. My personal experience was that positive psychology interventions and increasing my understanding of the neuroscience and other aspects of my biology that have been linked to human flourishing, were what was instrumental in increasing my level of physical and mental well-being, helping me to move past survival to thriving again. More significantly the health and well-being improvements I have experienced have been more sustainable than other interventions I tried, due in large to the ease of application of this knowledge and practices in my everyday life. We all have a brain, body and mind, but so few of us take the time to truly understand how we can use our biology to tap into our immense human potential to thrive.
I am immensely grateful for the research and work that has been undertaken to better understand and promote what makes humans flourish and function optimally as my life is testament to the power of positive psychology in helping to counteract psychological damage and weakness resultant from trauma. More significantly, though, I am grateful that it offers all individuals, including my children, the opportunity to take a more pro-active approach to their mental and physical health and well-being - to not only help protect against damage or the inevitable troubled times that are part of life, but to help people live their best lives, in the absence of or even alongside pathology. Health and well-being programs founded on applied positive psychology and neuroscience help us to move from surviving to thriving in life, complementing traditional psychology and mental health interventions.
Despite the proliferation of research and significant scientific evidence that has emerged and grown since Martin Seligman’s Presidential Address over 30 years ago, sadly many people remain reluctant to enlist the help of those practising in the area of positive psychology because of the assumption still prevalent in much of society that you need to understand psychology or seek help from a psychology practitioner only if you have something ‘wrong’ with you, something negative to deal with, a pathology, weakness or damage to correct or trauma to overcome. This pattern, coupled with the gross misinterpretation by many that positive psychology is about being happy all the time, or denying the experience of negative emotions, are what Relativity4 seeks to expel.
My hope is that over time, through increased education and ultimately application of positive psychology, we will see the removal of the prefix positive, and it will be treated as just another part of psychology – the scientific study of the human mind. That this in turn will help to break down the stigma of psychology being something you need to understand only because you need to correct pathology, damage or weakness which currently traps the majority of the population into reactive instead of proactive approaches to their own health and wellbeing.
Our goal at Relativity4 is to help contribute to a pendulum shift so that more people are both eager and able to learn about the workings of their own brain, mind and body, not because they have something to fix but because they simply want to live their best life - to show up as the best version of themselves. As we increase the number of individuals who are flourishing, because they have access to understand and integrate in their lives practices that positive psychology research and advances in neuro imaging and neuroscience continue to show can help humans to thrive, then we stand a chance at changing our workplaces, schools, communities and societies for the better...and that is a world I would like my children, grandchildren and great great grandchildren to grow up in.
Understanding and applying positive psychology and the neuroscience and biology we all share as humans, has not only helped me find fulfillment and joy in my life but it has helped shape my children, and will in turn positively impact their future children. Learning, applying and sharing this knowledge has the potential to change generations.
I hope you’ll join me on the journey.
Level 25, Aurora Place
88 Phillip Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Tanya Caldwell is an accredited MSCEIT* (Emotional Intelligence) and i4 Neuroleader** Practitioner and holds a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.***
In addition to her Positive Psychology qualifications, Tanya has a Master of Laws and spent almost 19 years as a Corporate Lawyer and then Consultant (designing and facilitating education and development programs) with some of Sydney’s leading international law firms.
Through both her personal and professional experience, Tanya understands the challenges and complexities people encounter in the modern workplace, leadership, and life.
As a Mum to a son and a daughter, Tanya is also well versed in the joys and challenges of parenting, the frustrations and deficiencies of our current education systems and the profound influence positive psychology and emotional intelligence can have on both a child’s present and future. Tanya has learnt that when taught well...children make the best teachers!
Fuelled by the growing body of positive psychology and neuroscience research showing how humans can move from surviving to thriving, and personal application of this in her own life, Tanya became inspired to make a positive difference. Tanya works to improve people’s experience in the modern workplace and their personal lives, whilst also improving businesses’ bottom line. With passion and determination, Tanya develops programs for schools to help both children and their caregivers (parents and teachers) build stronger relationships and ensure that children have access to fundamental knowledge about their own biology, empowering them to make positive choices and helping them to live genuinely fulfilling lives regardless of circumstance.
In working with businesses, Tanya provides actionable content synthesizing the positive psychology research and applying the neuroscience of leadership and well-being for this fast paced and rapidly changing imagination age, to develop positive leadership, engagement and peak performance at all levels. Tanya helps develop and embed positive organisational cultures to unlock sustainable success for businesses, regardless of product or size.
With warmth, passion and authenticity, Tanya translates leading edge science into practical, applicable tools that improve the happiness, mental health and wellbeing of individuals, the quality of relationships and the effectiveness of leaders, teams and organisations.
**The only abilities-based emotional intelligence test, MSCEIT is a powerful, scientifically validated tool for taking a direct, unmediated measure of emotional intelligence.Developed by Peter Salovey, Jack Mayer and David Caruso, originators in the field of emotional intelligence, MSCEIT is like an IQ test for emotional reasoning. As people tend to assess their own EI or others’ inaccurately, the MSCEIT tool delivers accurate, challenging and useful feedback people can use to develop greater awareness and systematically fine-tune their emotional intelligence skills, personal and professional effectiveness.
**The i4 Neuroleader Program is a brain-based leadership development & wellbeing program. The program applies the i4 Neuroleader model & methodology offering an engaging leadership development program which is grounded in neuroscience and is accredited by the International Coach Federation and the UK CPD Service.
***The 10653NAT Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing is the first course of its kind, offering comprehensive, practical, and nationally accredited training in applied positive psychology, wellbeing, neuroscience and emotional intelligence.
Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it isn't open.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal.
Your brain - every brain - is a work in progress. It is 'plastic.' From the day we're born to the day we die, it continuously revises and remodels, improving or slowly declining, as a function of how we use it.
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
C S Lewis
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail.
Psychology is not just about the study of disease, weakness and damage; it also is the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is wrong; it also is building what is right. Psychology is not just about illness or health; it is about work, education, insight, love, growth, and play. And in this quest for what is best, Positive Psychology does not rely on wishful thinking, self-deception or hand waving; instead it tries to adapt what is best in the scientific method to the unique problems that human behaviour presents in all its complexity.
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
If a brain is exercised properly, anyone can grow intelligence, at any age, and potentially by a lot. Or you can just let your brain idle - and watch it slowly, inexorably, go to seed like a sedentary body.
An obstacle is often a stepping stone.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Emotions are flowing throughout your organisation and impacting every thought, behaviour and decision. Your choice is not whether they exist or not, your choice is whether you will be smart about them.