Senior Proposal

Fall 2016


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AC – Outline + Slides



Video Presentation / Outline KD


    1. Attention-getter: When I came to college I was completely unaware of who I  was – broken and exhausted after working my first summer as a wilderness guide. In this season of vulnerability I was highly aware of the needs of others after working with a tightly knit, highly emotional team for the last three months.  I never knew the power that self awareness or emotional intelligence had .until I was able to begin having those difficult conversations with people that I deeply respected and trusted.
    2. Central Idea: In those conversations I learned this, healthy communities thrive because there is a mutual understanding of how one another thinks and functions.
    3. Establish credibility and relate topic to audience: It was then, in the chaos of coming to college that I realized that there was something broken, something in our communities that overlooked the true needs of individuals in the name of the betterment of the group as a whole
    4. Preview the main points: Coming full circle, in my senior year, I have chosen to study the role that personality types, emotional intelligence, and empathy play personally and in a community setting.
    5. Transition: So lets start here…
  1. BODY
    1. Main Point: The best place to start when trying to understand communities is to start with individuals. The easiest place to begin is personality typing systems.
      1. The Myers Briggs
        1. The Myers Briggs. The focus of the Myers Briggs is preference psychologist Rowan Bayne describes the MBTI as a system of “preference and what feels the most comfortable and natural”.
        2. The main verb associated with the MBTi is what will you DO.
        3. Types are divided into four sections –           Extraversion  / Introversion, Sensing / Intuition, Thinking/ Feeling, Judging / Perceiving                          
      2. The Enneagram
        1. The Enneagram is a personality typing that is more respected than the MBTI and has been around since Ancient Greece.
        2. The Enneagram is divided into nine different core types ( 1-9 ) “Nine different ways to be in the world” (The Road Back to You Suzanne Stibile).. The Reformer, The Helper, The Achiever, The Individualist, The Investigator, The Loyalist, The Enthusiast, The Challenger and The Peacemaker.
        3. Because of the malleable nature of the Enneagram, accounting for seasons of health and unhealth the main verb behind the Enneagram is what have you DONE?  
      3. Though personality tests seem to be promising resources for personal growth there is also a shadow side to them.
        1. Richard Rohr, the author and psychologist in charge of the Enneagram I and II, deeply believes that the Enneagram is a tool for spiritual discernment. This being said, personality typing systems are not an adequate replacement for vulnerability with Christ.
        2. The most dangerous use of personality typing systems is someone who learns but does not apply what they have learned to life. “Someone who does not want to learn and change can misuse the Enneagram as an excuse for his attitude”   ( Hannah Nathans, The Enneagram at Work )
        3. Transition: So where do we go once we begin to understand individuals? We look at how they interact together.
    2. Main Point:  In the famous podcast Invisibillia a study was done on prisoners  The stability of prisoners on NPR. The team of radio journalists from Invisibillia did a study where they were able to interact with incarcerated prisoners as well as psychologists who were able to verifying the recent changes in prisoners’ personality types. The study found that the human brain was able to turn on and off a range of different desires. Which poses this – “There is no such things as stable people only stable situations”  How do we handle this? Emotional Intelligence  
      1.  What is Emotional Intelligence? What is the function of EQ?
        1. Your intelligence quotient is not how inherently smart you are or how much you know but rather measures your ability to learn rather than what you know.  Your emotional quotient is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and use your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships – it is distinct from your intellect.
        2. IQ is permanent, EQ is changeable and can be improved over time or ignored entirely.
        3. A well rounded emotional quotient is able to identify the five core emotions, determine their level of intensity and then act upon the gathered information.
      2. What role do emotions play in personality?
        1. What are emotions? Why do they matter?               “The rational area of your brain (the front of your brain)  can’t stop emotion “felt” by the limbic system but the two areas do influence each other and maintain constant communication” (Bradberry, Greaves Emotional Intelligence 2.0).
        2. Being aware of both our mood and our thoughts about that mood (Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence)
        3. “The daily challenge of dealing effectively with emotions is critical to the human condition because our brains are hardwired to give your emotions the upper hand.” (Bradberry, Greeves Emotional Intelligence 2.0)
    1. Main Point: So where do we go when personality and emotional intelligence fail? Empathy
      1. Empathy is the beginning of it all.
        1. At its core empathy is the ability to connect in a judgement free way to others around us.
        2. Empathy does not ask “What can I fix?” Empathy does not offer an a list of questions to dig deeper. Empathy is the art of being with another person.
      2. All personalities fail and all relationships fail eventually but the vulnerability in connection is the only way to create stable situations in times of chaos.
        1. Rarely does a response make something better. The art of empathy is learning to rewrite the preprogrammed responses that we have been taught to use when we enter into situations of vulnerability and get flustered.  Take someone else’s perspective, be non judgemental, use emotional intelligence to recognize emotion in others and choose to take on the emotions of that other person even if it is only briefly.
        2. The only solution to brokenness in communities is making the active to step into a broken and vulnerable spaces and connecting to something within ourselves that allows us to feel what the other person is feeling.
        3. The brokenness we face is undeniable and the price of God’s glory shining through in our lives in brokenness.
      3. We only need to know how to handle it.
    1. Summary: We need to understand our communities around us so we start with ourselves, making a genuine effort to see and understand our blind spots through personality typing systems. In turn our communities should be personally aware enough to anticipate the needs of others as well as knowing how to appropriately respond. Finally our communities are sealed together by empathy and the ability to take on the perspective of another. Communities are driven apart by apathy and misunderstanding of a person’s exact needs or ability to articulate desires. It is our calling  as Christians and as human beings to mend this wound.   
    2. Restatement of the central idea
    3. Closing lines that relate back to the introductio


Outline // AW


What is adventure? What makes someone “adventurous”? What is it about humans that we have an emotional or even physical response to the thought of “adventure”? Why do some of us get excited or giddy, others of us scared and nervous?

Historically, storytelling overlaps with adventures. Moby Dick, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, The Odyssey, Gulliver’s Travels…the list goes on. Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by these tall tales of adventure; they become paralyzed where they are at. I’ve come to realize that what is considered adventurous is different from person to person. Being adventurous requires us to step outside of our comfort zones, and our perception of what is adventurous grows with experience and exposure. I want to use story to do the exact opposite of intimidate people to take adventures themselves. I want to use story to encourage people and to make adventure more accessible for individuals at various places on the adventure spectrum.


A. Because people can be intimidated by going on adventures they miss out on being challenged, growing in independence and problem solving skills, as well as the scientific benefits researchers have discovered those who go on adventures can receive.

1. Adam Galinsky is a professor at Columbia Business School and the author of numerous studies on the connection between creativity and international travel. He and his team conducted a study on the correlation between time spent abroad and creative output, and they discovered there was, in fact, a strong correlation between the two.

2. Julia Zimmermann, a professor at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany, conducted a study on how extended travel influenced personality development in a large sample of German college students. Some of the students in their sample studied in another country for an extended period of time (one or two semesters), while the control group was in college, but did not study abroad. The researchers were interested in how this period of extended travel influenced personality as well as how the new social network people developed influenced any observed personality changes.

3. Prior to the travel period, all participants were given a personality inventory to measure the “Big Five” personality dimensions (Extraversion, Agreeableness, Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, and Emotional Stability. Participants also gave an extended list of their social network. After returning from travel (or after an equivalent period of time for those students who did not travel), these measurements were taken again.

4. Participants who chose to study abroad were generally higher in Extraversion than those who did not. Those who went on a one-semester trip tended to be higher in Conscientiousness (which reflects a need to follow rules and to complete tasks) than those who did not travel. Those who went on a full-year trip were generally higher in Openness to Experience than those who did not travel.

5. After returning from their trip, those who traveled tended to show an increase in Openness to Experience, Agreeableness (which reflects a need to get along with other people) and Emotional Stability relative to those who did not travel.

6. What does this mean? Extended foreign travel takes people outside of their comfort zone. Travelers have to adapt to new people and new cultural practices. Even people going from Germany to another EU country had to adapt to differences in language, food, and outlook. The more that these travelers engaged with new people from different countries, the more that promoted goals related to Openness. It also helped travelers to gain perspective on life, which made them less emotionally reactive to day-to-day changes (which increased Emotional Stability).

B. People don’t need to travel internationally to challenge themselves. There are other forms of “adventure” that still get people out of their comfort zones and provide challenges that people can benefit from.

1. I created a survey and asked sixty people from all different forms of relationship to myself (not just Judson students) if they considered themselves “adventurous.” Their options to choose from were, “Yes, I’m constantly seeking out an adventure!”, “No, I’m not adventurous at all,” and, “I like to be adventurous every once in a while.” 42% said they seek out adventure constantly, while 58% said they like to be adventurous every once in a while.

2. Not one person out of sixty people said they did not consider themselves adventurous at all. I know everyone longs for adventure at some point in their lives, some more often than others, but it is the act of going on an adventure or doing an adventure that often leaves people stumbling.

3. I then asked people what they qualified as an “adventure” and asked that they check all that applied. Their options were, “a vacation,” “any kind of new experience,” “something that involves ‘adventurous’ activities,” “going to physical places,” “meeting new people,” “doing something out of your comfort zone,” and, “traveling.” The most chosen option was “doing something out of your comfort zone” at 83%. The next two after that were tied at 80% and were “any kind of new experience” and, “traveling.”

4. This demonstrated to me that adventures can be defined in several different ways and can vary greatly across a spectrum. What may be adventurous for one person may not be enough for the next, and vice versa.

C. Where often storytelling of adventures intimidates people from going on them, I want to use it as a method to promote being more open to challenges and exploration. I want to make adventuring more accessible for individuals at various stages of the adventure spectrum. I want to explore various forms of sharing stories for this project.

1. This includes researching creative forms of storytelling and looking into the relationship certain methods may have with certain forms of adventure.


We as human beings are passionate about adventures regardless of the level of challenge they possess. We are storytellers and feel emotional connections to topics through the use of story. We are eager to tell others our stories of our adventures after having experienced them. We are designed to desire our own adventures, and I want to encourage people to discover their own purpose in seeking out adventure through the use of story.


  • Introduction
  • Body
  • Point 1—Rising Action (this) Anxiety and negative emotions are so often suppressed.  From youth to adulthood, we are taught to suppress expression.
  • Point 2—Climax (means that) It is reserved for those with extreme situations.
  • Point 3—Denouncement (so then, I propose this)  I propose the development of a toolkit for adults to be able to use artistic expression as an everyday means of promoting positive mental health.
  • Conclusion

  • Attention-getter:  Story from my youth.  
  • It was three years ago.  Just after my freshmen year here at Judson.  It was summer, and it was my brother’s wedding day.  All morning I felt nauseous, a pit in my stomach.  I figured I was just nervous.  The day carried on, and pressure on my chest only got worse.  Before I knew it, I was laying on the floor of the bathroom screaming for my mom in a cold sweat, genuinely believing that I was going to have a heart attack on my brother’s wedding day. The scariest thing about panic attacks is the physical feelings that comes from your mentality.  So what happened next?  I forced myself to get up, go outside, walk, and breathe, and the paralyzing feeling left me.  I remember thinking, What is wrong with my mind?  Does it really have that much power over how I physically feel?  That’s when I decided I needed to study and work on my own personal mental health.  
  • Central Idea:  Art allows us to live out our truest selves.  Therapy, especially with art often seems reserved for those who have experienced trauma and loss.  But everyone is capable and often in need of an outlet to be expressive.  Artistic expression provides a healthy way, and sometimes the only way of revealing unknown and often suppressed emotions in an individual.  Artistic expression is healthy and needs to be accessible to all.  
  • Establish credibility and relate topic to audience:  Studies show, Despite its high level of treatability through therapy and/or medication, 2/3 of adults with anxiety do not receive treatment. Surpassing even depression, anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the United States. It’s estimated that approximately 10 percent of teenagers and 40 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind.
  • This applies to you, this applies to your loved ones. This applies to everyone. If you’re not an anxious person, you still have feelings and emotions.  You have good days and bad days. You have personalized ways of dealing with stress, anger, sadness, whether they be healthy or unhealthy outlets.  
  • ?Preview the main points:  Negative emotions are so often suppressed, and expressive ways of coping are usually reserved for the “damaged,” but I propose a toolkit for adults to be able to use artistic expression as an everyday means of promoting positive mental health.”
  • Transition: Let’s start by exploring human’s natural tendencies to suppress or express emotions.  ? ? ?
  • BODY
  • Negative emotions are often suppressed.
  1. In our youth, creativity was encouraged and available to us.
    1. Coloring outside the lines was a way of exploring and learning about the world around you.  As kids we were free.  We were expressive, and encouraged to do so.
    2. Growing up, we started being told to color in the lines, and study about things that “really matter in life.”  So we hit the books.  (NOT saying this is wrong, but where’s the creativity in this still crucial part of our lives?)
  2. (Suppression of feelings) Why do we suppress how we feel?  We are either uncomfortable or we suppress them without knowing.  Or we put things on the backburner because in the moment we feel ok about them. Why is this?
    1. Humans are complex.
    2. We don’t always handle the negative in healthy ways.
  • Art therapy is reserved for those with extreme situations.. Those who go through trauma, loss, injury.  
  1. Supporting point
    1. Art therapy’s purpose… allows the affected explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
  • Why is art therapy for everyone?  Creating art provides a distraction, giving your brain a break from your usual thoughts.
  1. Even art itself seems reserved for the skilled.
    1. An art therapist said, “Many are afraid that since they aren’t very good at something, there is no point and they won’t get any benefit from doing it.  Another myth is that you have to work with an art therapist to get any therapeutic benefit from doing art. [insert transition]
  • I propose the development of a toolkit for adults to be able to use artistic expression as an everyday means of promoting positive mental health.
    • Whatever the reason, an inner compulsion exists and I continue to honor this internal imperative. If I didn’t, I would feel really horrible. I would be a broken man. So whether attempting to make art is noble or selfish, the fact remains that I will do it nevertheless. Anything past this statement is speculation. I would be afraid that by proclaiming why I make art would be generating my own propaganda”
    • We are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves and art encompasses a wider range of activities than you may have ever imagined.
    • Sub-supporting point
    • Art encourages creative thinking and lets you come up with your own unique solutions.  Out-of-the-box thinking also stimulates your brain to grow new neurons.
    • Summary of the main points
    • Restatement of the central idea
    • Closing lines that relate back to the introduction
    • “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso


    Continue reading “Outline”

    Alyssa’s (mini) Adventure

    Brand Matricies



    Matrix 1: Enneagram, MBTI / Common Psych & Physical / Digital

    • The Enneagram / MBTI online tests
    • The Road Back to You
    • The Liturgists and Invisibilia
    • Mindfulness Exhibition
    • Dubuffet


    Matrix 2: Mindfulness / General Psych Care & Communal / Solo

    • Greater Good –
    • Buddhist Meditation Practices
    • TED –
    • General Psych Care and Counseling
    • NAMI –
    • Daniel Goleman –

    Creative Brief

    Creative Brief

    What characteristics best describe your envisioned outcome?

    I want artistic expression to be noticed and admired.  I want expression to be comfortable, and I want the outlet to be inviting.

    What’s been done before?

    Most services I’ve researched are not faith based and seem to address both families, individuals, young, old, etc. It’s all about therapy, or dealing with trauma by using self-healing structured therapy.

    What makes your project unique?

    My project will be personal, not a large organization that approaches multiple issues.  I want to approach one thing, and do it well. I want to specifically address those that are uncomfortable with expression and explore ways to make that change.

    Why do you believe your project will succeed?

    I think my project will succeed if I continue my research, weigh all options, and think outside what is the norm. 

    Who is your audience?

    Everyone. The mentally afflicted, the confident, the non-emotional, the emotional, the over-emotional, the uncomfortable, the confused. So, everyone.

    AW // 10.27.16

    What do I want to accomplish:

    • Gather people’s stories of adventure and present them and make them accessible somehow
    • Look for trends in people and the types of adventures they enjoy
    • Explore what it is about humans that we have a natural craving for adventure – where does that come from? How can we utilize it?
    • Listen to people’s stories of adventure and ask if they are positive or negative memories
    • Discover how adventure can change people (for the better or for worse)


    The Stakeholders:

    Anyone who craves adventure/enjoys storytelling

    JJ – Nature Deficit Disorder

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