The premise of MYTERN is that creating emotional intelligence, health and resilience is a skill that can be learnt by anyone at any age. Learning the MYTERN language is simple, yet very powerful when practised daily.
“Principals, teachers and parents were in absolute agreement that MYTERN is for everyone. Every student, every teacher, every staff member, every parent, every family, every community.” Independent study re the impact of MYTERN on the Launceston community
Based on neuroscience and positive psychology, MYTERN creates a language that challenges the cultural patterns of always needing to be happy and trying to be perfect. By constantly picking everyone off the rough roads and placing them on the smooth, people are unable to build their own emotional resilience.
MYTERN teaches self-regulation, replacing blame and judgement with responsibility, empathy and compassion.
Through creating a powerful common language, MYTERN has the potential to change culture; transforming you, your school, your home, and your workplace.
according to MYTERN
G = Governance (control of the steering wheel)
R = Resilience (staying strong when things go wrong)
I = Intuition (listening to your gut – your internal GPS)
T = Tenacity (staying power on any road)
The MYTERN skill is based on a simple metaphor: you are the driver and only you have control of your steering wheel; you can’t control anyone else’s steering wheel; each road you drive down is an emotion; and it is only you who decides which road of emotion you will drive down, using your emotions as your GPS.
Roads are not good and bad; they are rough or smooth. Therefore, there are no wrong roads. The aim is to be in control no matter what road you are on.
Reapo is in charge of the roads that make you feel good. When you are on the smooth, green roads, you are building your health. However, green roads are not good for you if you are out of control (eg. over excited or over confident). It’s unrealistic to expect to always be on a green road in control. Only by driving down a rough, red road can you truly appreciate being on a smooth, green one.
Buska is in charge of the roads that are often uncomfortable. These roads aren’t bad, they are rough. They actually build your resilience and improve your driving skills. The idea is to be able to regain control of your steering wheel, even on a rough road. Being in control on a rough road can be extremely powerful.
It’s time to give a positive meaning to these rough roads. They are the sandpaper of life. They shape who you are. You are NOT failing on these roads – you are LIVING!
TEP challenges you to drive onto a rough, red road so that you can build your resilience. A TEP can be something or someone that influences you to lose control of your steering wheel. When TEP appears, you need to take extra precaution as it can suddenly make you feel really angry, sad, frustrated, lonely or scared, sending you from a smooth, green road on to a rough, red one.
A PET helps you to regain control of your steering wheel, no matter what road you are on (rough or smooth), allowing you to move towards or steer onto a smoother road. PETs achieve this by distracting you from the thoughts and feelings that have influenced you to steer down a rough, red road or drive out of control on either road. They need to be strong enough to make you feel better, despite the circumstances.
Using PETS is like building a muscle; it strengthens with practice.