Life Skills: Understand How Your Brain Designs Your Reality
What you'll learn
- Learn how your brain creates its own reality.
- Control your perspective to make good decisions.
- Become comfortable with your limitations.
- Know how to think more logically.
- Be able to adjust to new information on the fly.
- Know why witness testimony is unreliable, even yours.
- Know why, without data, you know nothing.
- Learn about your natural biases that fog your thinking and knowing the truth.
- Learn critical thinking.
- Become a good observer.
- Learn important wisdom from Confucius, Plato, Buddha, de Montaigne, de Beauvoir and de Brown
- Know the critical difference between correlation and causality.
- Desire to live your best life
- A degree of comfort realizing how distorted your perceptions and perspective can be
- A sense of humor about life might be useful too
Life Skills: Understand How Your Brain Designs Your Reality
What makes this course different? Your brain can let you down in an instant. The course is designed to make you less certain of who you are and what you know. This is helpful for two reasons, 1) your brain really does lie to you and you can't always trust it and 2) it will motivate you to learn more and improve your life. It may also help you become a better listener.
"Seeing is believing?" Don't count on it. Don't count on your brain giving you the facts either. Encased within your skull, your brain is blind, deaf and dumb. Your every thought, sense and emotion is a series of electrical impulses that your brain must interpret, based on guesswork and what it believes should be happening. When all else fails, it makes thing up!
In life, what can you trust? Who can you trust? How valid is your judgement, your logic, your understanding of others?
This course is unusual, it is designed to make you more uncertain. Bertrand Russell once said, "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." This course will make you wiser. Strangely, the more you are uncertain of life and all it includes, the more certain you can be of yourself. A benefit of being uncertain is it's easier to adjust to what you learn along the way. The more you adjust, the better your life. The more you hold on to old ideas, the greater the strain.
For example, a woman named Kathy, doted on her father, visited his house and did his chores every day. She was desperate to care for him so he might finally say he loved her. He was not a good person, but she needed to feel his love any way she could. When Kathy realized this, she decided the reward was not worth the effort and learned to live her life, not live for the hope of his acceptance.
You must decide when and how to make profound changes in your life, or to keep doing what you've always done. The value of your decisions depends a lot on your perceptions and perspective, which is why this course was created.
Why should you take this course?
Your perceptions are not as accurate as you think they are
You do not think as clearly as you assume
Your perspective is skewed by forces you don't see
All of the above can be significantly improved
The better your perceptions and perspective the better your life
Please join us. You have nothing to lose and a big step toward your ideal life to gain.
A Set of Courses for Exceptional Lives
These courses are ideal if you want to live a unique, independent life, separate from the herd. They’re for you if you seek a full and meaningful life but aren’t sure how to do that.
Life isn’t easy. How can you know with confidence you’re doing it right? You have searched, but don’t yet feel totally confident. A thousand books and courses offer a thousand ideas. Bob’s courses go a step farther. He doesn’t tell you what to think, but what to think about.
Bob's courses follow that old saying, "if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, if you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime." Bob teaches both skills and concepts. If you want both training and an education, this is the place, tools and ideas. Each course provides ideas to explore and skills to try out. You choose the topic and in about three hours or less, you’ll acquire advanced life skills, enabling you to build a life unique to you.
This set of courses is ideal for these topics: Personal Development, Life Purpose, Motivation, Communication Skills, Listening Skills, Relationship Building, Positive Psychology and Spirituality.
Who this course is for:
- Adults who want to learn the skills to live the best life possible
- For the curious
- For those who do not want to be ordinary
With a doctorate in psychology, over 50 years of experience and two dozen books, Bob Brown has made a substantial contribution to the lives of thousands of people. At age 17, he decided to find out why people did what they did, which he defined as "why do people get out of bed in the morning?" His findings led to his book, Personal Wisdom: Making Sense of You, Others and the Meaning of Life.
His career includes clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, sports psychology, university teaching, leadership and organizational development, business management consulting, and Lean Thinking leadership. He has taught at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Washington, and St. Andrews University in Scotland among others as well as numerous workshops and conferences on three continents. His books include business management, personal growth, golf, and novels.
Although now semi-retired, he is passionate about his new effort of creating online learning experiences targeting business leadership and people who want to live meaningful lives. Courses are informal and personal, with solid content, much of it unique to Bob. All of them created to make your life easier, more productive, more enjoyable and meaningful.
His courses are a combination of the current best thinking for each topic. and Bob's 50 years of experience They are designed for you to succeed and to know why this way makes sense. You will learn how to apply your ideas, not just Bob's. He promotes clear thinking, caring and the joy of one more day.
His first course set is on Business Management, including 1) Problem Solving and Decision Making, 2) Creating and Sustaining High Performing Teams, 3) Leadership 4) Change Management and 5) Communicating for Impact. Bob plans on at least 3 more foundational courses.
He then began a second set on Personal Development, Life Skills, 1) personal independence and freedom. 2) coping with your faulty senses and thinking processes 3) finding purpose, success and happiness 4) Controlling Stress and 5) Five Questions to Answer Before You Die. More courses will be forthcoming.
Besides Personal Wisdom, his 24 books include:
The HST Model For Change
The People Side of Lean Thinking
Mistake-Proofing Leadership (with Rudy Williams)
My First Ten Days in Heaven (novel)
The Way of Golf
Bob lives with his wife and a few animals, wild and domestic, north of Seattle. Plans include finishing his 5th novel, spoiling his grandchildren and shooting his age at golf. Two out of three isn't bad.