METHOD

The Nexus Science method, in training focuses on active participation. The following are a few examples of what techniques, research and modules have gone into the development of Nexus Science method along with a brief description. More in-depth descriptions of specific modules can be found in our articles.

COMPANIONATE LOVE

Companionate love, is a kind of bond that is characterized by a deep commitment between individuals, such as in a long-term marriage where a deep affection for one’s partner has built over time. Family relationships and some friendships can also be characterized by companionate love. Fostering companionate love in all of our relationships makes people feel safer and happier.

CONNECTION GAMES

Games and connection exercises that focus on cooperation over competition. Nexus games are fun, socially bonding ways to discover where the connection is lacking between us and how we can build it back up.

DIALOGING

Learning how to open up a dialogue between each other in order to discover the power of discussion. Often times we think we have communicated ourselves well to others but in truth, we only think and assume that the other party should have interpreted our “meaning” rather than accepting the responsibility that dialogue must be an active process between both the speaker and the listener.

EMPATHY TRAINING

Where listening and being non-judgmental is some of the most powerful ways we can engage with another person. Generally, we don’t listen but rather simply wait for our turn to talk. Empathy training helps us to become better friends by learning how to really listen, not only to the words but to the feelings of others.

EMOTIONAL CONTAGION

Emotional contagion is the phenomenon of having one person’s emotions and related behaviors directly trigger similar emotions and behaviors in other people. Research has shown that if you spend enough time with people, their emotions will rub off on you. This is known as “emotional contagion“ and it is facilitated by the interconnected network of cells in the brain called the Mirror Neuron System (MNS).

GRATITUDE FOSTERING

Modern culture encourages us to be in a constant state of wanting or desire however a growing body of research is showing that gratitude for what one already has is a huge component for not just happiness, but of physical health, life satisfaction, and personal growth and success.

GROUP AFFECT

A phenomenon where we see the results of how we are influenced by each other in both positive and negative ways. Evidence suggests that it is best to begin thinking through decisions in groups, rather than weighing them as individuals and then coming together. This just might get us more quickly to the “group effect,” to a collective identity and ability to think and act long-term.

NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION

Through a series of mock situations and real conversational exchanges we explore the patterns of speech we have developed over the years and how they affect what we say and what we hear from others. Playing off the psychological theories developed by Marshal Rosenberg we learn that the language we use with each other is powerful and often unintentionally violent and can illicit unwanted reactions.

OUR ARTICLE ON NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

Bonding exercises effective for building trust and unity within a group. The intention is to warm the group up and bring a close, comfortable and connected feeling amongst everyone.

NEXUS LABS

Labs are round table discussions and they are central to Nexus Science and our trainings. We do a lot of work here in this controlled environment where people have the opportunity to listen and be heard, express their feelings and opinions without fear of judgement or interruption and to find common solutions and common ground within the group dynamic.

NEXUS LAB STRUCTURE
NEXUS LAB RULES

SHARED NARRATIVE / “LIFE SWAP”

Building understanding and empathy between people through the sharing of simple, personal stories. Often we are too aware of the differences between us and have difficulty focusing on our commonalities. Hearing a relatable story has the potential to refocus us on all that which we share in common. This is very effective in groups where cultural and other differences are very obvious and the gap needs to be bridged.