Published in Health Intelligence Magazine – May 2015 South Africa’s EQ expert (or guru) Steph Vermeulen explains why the “self-esteem movement” has made narcissism look normal. Countless books and self-help programmes have been dedicated to the subject of cultivating self-esteem. With a few generations having been raised to believe the central importance is self-worth, the [...]
If you’ve ever learnt anything about the brain it probably involved remembering specific functions of the various regions that register sight, sound, speech, memory etc., and mamage to these specialised areas meant a loss of functioning that could never be restored. But fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging) have now given scientists a peek into the [...]
Steph has twenty years experience developing and delivering practical seminars to address the need for personal intelligence in business. Seminars range from a morning to a full 4- or 5-day intervention. Steph is also a Duke University Corporate Education (CE) faculty member.
Steph is accredited to use the Happiness @ Work Assessment. She usually combines this with her workshops and seminars as this helpful tool provides delegates with personal feedback about challenges they may be facing with commitment, motivation, cultural fit, trust, contribution and confidence.
Human beings are followers of fashion and most are quite brazen about copying popular ideas, mannerisms, inventions, poetry, art, songs, recipes or even stories from one another. Learning by imitation is what the biologist Richard Dawkins termed ‘memes’ in his book The Selfish Gene. The word is derived from the Greek term ‘mimemes’ - meaning [...]
An edited version of this article was first published in the January 2007 issue of O Magazine South Africa under the title 'Scaling new heights' Fifty years after 20 000 South African women took to the streets to march against apartheid, author Stephanie Vermeulen is one of six females to have undertaken a challenging walk [...]