Автор: Н.И. Козлов

Trainings of personal growth

Dear reader, compare the two formulations:

• Training of personal growth. • Training of personal development.

Read carefully again... Tell me, is there any difference for you? And, if there is, how do you understand it?

For a normal person, even interested in psychology, both these formulations are just different words about something that is the same. The training of personal growth - well, sounds somewhat more familiar and shorter than the training of personal development, but in meaning - there is no difference.

You are right, today no one understands these subtleties, and if a psychologist writes advertising for his training, he chooses the wording not the one that is correct, but the one that sounds better, the one that will attract more participants to the training. Therefore, if you are not a professional, you really do not need to strain, thinking about the difference in meaning of "personal growth" and "personal development", today these phrases are used almost as synonyms. But if you are a professional and next to a professional you want to understand his intention for training, you should understand these shades of meaning. Obliged to. Otherwise it is not a professional job.

We will understand, colleagues?

We recall: personal growth is an increase in the potential of the personality that occurs as a result of the natural unfolding in man of what is inherent in it by nature or has become its second nature. Growth occurs by itself, if only there are normal conditions for it. Life goes - the child grows, his priest grows and hair grows, intellect develops slowly and gradually in the course of his life psychological culture is naturally formed.

Of course, this natural development of the personal potential can be helped, but if a person begins to actively and intentionally engage in self-improvement, he takes classes and trainings that develop the skills and skills necessary to him, and at the same time his personality - in this case, personal growth is no longer talked about it is quite correct, it is more accurate to talk about the development of personality.

Personality development is a concept much broader than personal growth, since it occurs in various forms: both as a natural unfolding of something internal, and as an active formation from the outside. The development of the personality is diverse: once it occurs in the joint activity of the child and the adult, once it is the result of study or training, development can be the result of resolving internal contradictions, development can be the result of formation - the process of personality development is multifaceted and complex.

Thus, speaking strictly terminologically, personal growth trainings and personal development trainings are different. In the training of personal growth, the facilitator can not ask or determine what should happen to you, where and how your personality will grow. Since the direction of natural personal growth is determined only by the internal programs (core) of the personality, the role of the leading training in personal growth is limited: it consists only in creating the best conditions for this growth, removing blocks blocking growth and development of the individual, improving and strengthening personal potential.

Obviously, this format of training is closer to psychotherapeutic work.

Personnel development trainings are always more active and diverse work, where personal changes occur due to non-natural unfolding, but as a result of procedures applied to a person, due to study and training. So, if at the training there is a training of new skills and their development, this refers to the development of the individual, and not personal growth. Growth can not be the subject of skill training, especially short-term training.

And now we will return to reality: in the real training process it is very difficult to discern what is happening among the participants of the training as natural growth, and what - as a result of outwardly specified development. More often, both occur simultaneously, and therefore it is simpler and probably more accurate to say that the majority of personal growth trainings are trainings for personal growth and development at the same time. Such trainings include teaching trainings (giving knowledge and skills), trainings that work with values ​​and beliefs, and trainings that affect the participants’ state - if as a result, the participants of the training have increased personal potential: the ability to move forward more successfully and to solve life problems.

In particular, Syntone’s trainings in this broadening sense refer to the range of trainings for personal growth and development.

Tips for those who attend trainings

Dear readers, the reality is richer than any science, and if you see the advertising "personal growth trainings" and go to this training, it is not at all clear that you will get to the training, and not outrageously, and that there you will be offered personal growth, not a mixture of cheap advertising, empty appeals, easy mysticism and heavy esotericism. Trainings are quality, and there are others - amateur and low-grade. Therefore - be choosy! And in order to remember this, we quote a letter from one of our readers:

"All the trainings and the fans of the trainings are dedicated." Looking to the past, I can honestly say with a smile on my face "Thank you": to all those who conducted the trainings, who organized them in any teams, to all those who are still turning in this environment, actively promotes trainings, and at all to all those who are fond of esoteric and mysticism. Thank you! Thanks to you, I understood a lot ... Looking at how you live - as reciting love and disinterested return, you are in fact (remember ego goals) chasing after sex, money and vanity, I realized how to live is not worth ... Looking at how you selflessly listen to your coaches and resignedly do what you say, I realized how important it is to hear yourself and do what I want and as I want it to be ... Looking at how you make yourself believe in a fantasy invented by someone, and then in every canine bark you see a confirmation of its truth (or, as you have it, is called "turn off the brain"), I realized how to objectively look at things and distinguish truth from lies and self-deception ... And watching how your trainers impose their own views on you, and when they do not work accuse you of the fact that you have not done everything so, I realized that a person’s opinion is worth only somehow when he is in fact responsible for his results .. Looking at how diligently you try to be a coach and agree with everything he says, I realized how important it is to be yourself and to have your own opinion ... And this list can be continued for a very long time. But for today’s thanks, that’s enough. And in conclusion the most epic. Lately there has been a lot of talk about the "danger" of trainings and sects, that they are destroying personality, etc., but fortunately, having visited this circle I can confidently say: it’s a lot of honor, they do not represent any real threat, this is not a community of dangerous and skillful manipulators, this community, let’s say for censorship purposes, of contemporary artists ... The fascination with this fanaticism, as a rule, leads to the fact that a person becomes wiser - if one of your friends gets carried away, do not try to resist this (they have already explained to him that these are not the same things around him do not understand, and he is now one of the elect, to whom the trainer passes on his secret knowledge of the universe), on the contrary: in every way indulge his aspirations, emphasizing that first you want to see a convincing result before you go there yourself. Sooner or later the subject himself will begin to realize that from all these secret skills of managing the universe, not a penny in the pocket, no love of beauties and nothing else has been added, nor the promised happiness and harmony has not come, and not that there is a Ferrari, and even the usual trolley bus did not go faster. If the passion does not go away ... well, most likely, your friend is a special case, in this case, you should not be upset either, because it means that he has all the chances to become a successful coach himself! "

To get more often to quality ones trainings, see the article How to choose a training

Tips for coaches

Dear trainers, you are interested in having more participants to your trainings, and your task is to make a well-functioning advertisement. If in advertising you designate your training as a training for personal growth, you rather People who are attuned to a soft, thoughtful work are more likely to have a psychotherapeutic plan, and this will be for the most part women and self-assured young people. Confident men and successful businessmen are not interested in personal growth trainings, but, most likely, your training on them and was not calculated, right?

If your trainings have a personal orientation, but are designed rather for successful business people, then it is more appropriate to designate your proposal as a training for personal development. However, it is even more adequate to not write anything at all about the type of your training, not to scare the words "personal growth" or "personal development": some people are afraid of these words. If, instead, you vigorously and specifically list the tasks that people will be able to solve at your training, what they will receive there, this will be the most adequate and effective advertising.


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