Learning Wisdom from the Collective Unconscious

Learning Wisdom from the Collective Unconscious It was C.G Jung who named the ideas, language, aesthetics, art, dance, myth, symbols, values, artefacts and song shared between cultures as the ‘collective unconscious’. It is in these that we find the true meaning of culture. In 2018 I was asked to give a keynote address at a …

The New Enemy of Safety – The Unconscious

The New Enemy of Safety – The Unconscious I read with interest the ‘Safer Communities: Six Lessons in Health and Safety’ from the British Safety Council. The assumptions and hidden agenda of Lessons 1, 4, 5 and 6 are most concerning and demonstrate many of the problems associated with dumb down Safety. Here are the …

Actions in ‘Bad Faith’

Actions in ‘Bad Faith’ Dan Petersen writes at the start of Chapter 8 in Human-Error Reduction and Safety Management (p. 109): ‘The decision to err, or to work unsafely, is often a very logical choice that is made either consciously or unconsciously by the worker.’ Of course this is a non-sense, many actions we take …

The Sully Effect

The Sully Effect I wrote recently about the Bradbury Effect that is, the delusion that there is no chance, luck, randomness and fundamental attribution error. A critical part of the Bradbury effect is the attribution of value to denial in the light of hindsight bias. It’s amazing how smart we become as humans when we …

Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety

Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety One of the best ways of learning safety is through scenarios. Scenarios are constructed to either replicate real situations to maximize perception of recognizable cues or, to enhance the imagination of possibilities. One of the greatest capabilities a safety person can have is a creative imagination. Most times when …