Resiliency training – detecting icebergs

By Courtney GilbertApril 6, 2022

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Members of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command’s (ATEC) master resiliency training (MRT) team presented an MRT presentation on detecting icebergs during a virtual training workshop held via Microsoft Teams Mar. 24.

The workshop was one of the available sessions offered during this year’s virtual 32nd Annual Women's History Month Celebration hosted by the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Women's Program and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense. Diana Reeves, ATEC’s Ready & Resilient program manager, and Cpt. Theodore Scott, ATEC military evaluator, were the presenters during the session.

The detecting icebergs resiliency session was designed to help build self-awareness. Icebergs are defined as core values, which are what you aspire to, and core beliefs, which are what you believe to be true of yourself, others, and the world.

During the workshop, participants initially learned how to identify when an iceberg has been activated. Then the class was encouraged to ask themselves the 'what' questions to dig deeper to find a core belief or value as reasoning behind the iceberg being triggered. According to Reeves, asking the ‘what’ instead of the ‘why’ questions gives better control over emotions and reactions. The 'why' questions tend to make one stay on the surface of their emotional response, which can make people feel defensive and want to defend their actions.

“Why questions tend to make the conversation go lateral,” Scott said. “You’re not getting to the actual depth of the issue.”

Near the conclusion of the session, Reeves shared parting words of wisdom.

“The key to all of this is that you want to be thoughtful and not be reactive in responding to others. It’s all about being productive in how we respond, and being mindful of our consequences, emotions and reactions. That’s what this is all about.”

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