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What are Life skills

August 13, 2011

Life Skills are Psycho-Social Skills. Life Skills are set of skills that enables individuals to handles the challenges of everyday life. It has varied applications.

Life skills have been defined by WHO as “abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”. 

I think the definition by Dohmen (1996) is self explanatory… He defines Life skills in the following way: a) they include the abilities necessary to apply the conceptual thinking and reflection in concrete situations; b) they imply capacities to be involved in effective interaction with the environment and provide an appropriate motivational attitude; c) they involve psychological prerequisites for successful performance, such as problem solving capacities, self-confidence and skills for critical thinking .
(Source:Understanding Life Skills by Madhu Singh, UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg )

What are psychosocial skills?

Psychosocial skills allow us to interact with, perceive, influence and relate to others. Psychosocial skills include our ability to appropriately experience, display and perceive emotional states and relate these to the events and environments where they occur. Psychosocial skills must work together with our communication skills to enable us to interact appropriately with other individuals and function within a socially meaningful context. If a person has trouble recognizing when another person is happy, irritated, angry, sad etc. or has trouble experiencing these feelings then their interaction with others is likely to be poor and sometimes inappropriate

What are communication skills?

Communication skills allow an individual to send and receive information. The sending and receiving can take the forms of gestures, writing, speaking, reading and listening etc.. There are many ways in which development, injury or disease can affect one’s communication skills. The communication skills track of the Challenging Our Minds system will present exercises that focus on some very specific areas of difficulty that we frequently observe with children and those with cognitive impairment. We will focus primarily on auditory discrimination, verbal comprehension, reading and following instructions.

What are problem solving skills?

Problem solving skills are those skills that allow us to analyze the facts of a situation so that we can use that analysis to come to a conclusion about the situation. The name, itself, is the best description. We are faced with a problem that we must overcome or solve to achieve our goal. The situation can be as simple as deciding what clothes to wear today or as complex as an algebra or calculus math problem. Although problem solving skills well deserve their own category, they require the use of the other cognitive skills, particularly those of attention and executive functioning that are needed to recognize facts, gather them together and organize them.

Two of the main types or methods of problem solving are 1) deductive reasoning and 2) inductive reasoning. With deductive reasoning the conclusion is ensured by the facts.

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2 Comments
  1. Sreehari Ravindranath permalink

    I think the definition by Dohmen (1996) is self explanatory… He define Life skills in the following way: a) they include the abilities necessary to apply the conceptual thinking and reflection in concrete situations; b) they imply capacities to be involved in effective interaction with the environment and provide an appropriate motivational attitude; c) they involve psychological prerequisites for successful performance, such as problem solving capacities, self-confidence and skills for critical thinking .
    (Source:Understanding Life Skills by Madhu Singh, UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg )

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