Positive Psychology
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Positive Psychology

Recognize the principles we need to understand, in order to create the lives we want.
4.8 (2 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
Identify the cognitive and metacognitive processes behind positive thinking.
Immediately implement practical cognitive tools for improving personal functioning based on an understanding of positive psychology and the art and science of positivity.
Describe the key differences between positive psychology and more traditional psychology
Help others to learn the tools and models presented in the course so they become a positive agent of change in their families and communities
Practice appropriate self protection and have a healthy self concept and understanding of personal value.
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Requirements
  • No specific pre-requisites are listed for this course.
  • As part of the course, students will be reading the books "Pathological Positivity" and "Portable Positivity" which are authored by one of the course instructors. This requires about a 7th grade reading proficiency. Digital copies are provided as part of the course. Students will also need to have the capability of viewing video content on their computer to gain the best benefits from the course.
Description

Positive Psychology” takes the traditional “just think positive” approach out of the trite and fluffy inspirational speaker category into the real psychology behind the power of positivity. A simple model is shared to provide a tool for students to immediately implement in their own lives. Traditional psychotherapy is based on a model of pathology, diagnosis, treatment. A positive psychology approach is less stigmatizing and therefore has a broader reach to a segment of the population who may not otherwise benefit from services in a more traditional setting. In addition to the theoretical models presented, practical applications including communication, relationship dynamics, and personal protection are also addressed and explored.

Who is the target audience?
  • Who should take this course? Students who are interested in psychology and personal development. Students who are looking for a course that is immediately applicable to every-day life with tools and models that can be implemented to improve every other aspect of life. Students who are open to a more practical approach to psychology. Students who may be looking for answers and practical ideas to address their own stress, anxiety or depression (this course is not a substitute for treatment and should not be considered to be therapeutic in nature, but many students do experience enhancement of their own functioning or mood as a result of applying the principles learned herein).
  • Who should not take this course? Students who are looking for empirical studies or specific research findings. Although the content of this course is founded in research, we do not address research or empiricism in this particular course.
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Expand All 112 Lectures Collapse All 112 Lectures 08:36:19
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Welcome and Meet the Instructors
3 Lectures 04:24

Meet the instructors and learn what we will teach in this course.

Preview 01:24

Elizabeth's Short Bio.

Preview 01:09

Dr. Paul's Short Bio.

Preview 01:50
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Introduction to Positive Psychology
3 Lectures 04:37

Watch out for the plethora of plosive "P's" in this video!

PPPathological PPPositivity
02:13

This video introduces the difference between traditional psychology and positive psychology. Dr. Paul shares that our mental health can be seen on a spectrum that ranges from pathology on the one side to thriving on the other. Elizabeth shares her experience of making a choice to move forward and be happy.

Preview 01:42

Learn about the spectrum: It is not as useful to ask whether you are depressed or not, or whether you are anxious or not. It is more useful to ask where we are on the continuum.

More serious pathology versus the common experiences of depression and anxiety.
00:42
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Principals
4 Lectures 06:14
Like gravity, principles are always on, and they always affect us no matter what. Principles determine all of life's outcomes. Through participating in this class, you will learn about principles that can change your life for the better.
Quick Definition of Principles
01:08

Principles are always on. Like gravity. You never get up in the morning and wonder if gravity is on. What happens when you take a flying leap from the top of a tall building? What if you are really not "into" gravity and jump from that same tall building? Gravity doesn't care if you believe in it or not. Principles are always on and always affect you whether you are aware of them or not - whether you believe in them or not.
Outcomes in life can change drastically depending on how you apply principles. I had a client who was 35 years old and on her 7th marriage. She first thought that the common factor in all of these marriages was abusive men. She finally realized that the common factor was actually her. When she realized this she was finally able to stop jumping off of the cliff. Another client felt that all of his teachers hated him and that's why he was failing at school. He finally figured out that he had something to do with that. Instead of complaining about falling off of cliffs, maybe we should get clear about how we keep jumping off of them.

Some things we control and some things we don't. We need to get clear about which is which and realize that there are principles involved. Principles determine all of life's outcomes.

Principles Determine All of Life’s Outcomes
05:06

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Surprise! (Chapter 12, Pathological Positivity)
6 pages

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Power of Principle (Chapter 14, Pathological Positivity)
8 pages

Principles
7 questions
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Discontent
3 Lectures 00:00

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Lightning Strikes (Chapter 1, Pathological Positivity)
8 pages

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.
The Problem Isn’t Really the Problem (Chapter 2, Pathological Positivity)
8 pages

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Pain Pushes, Pleasure Pulls (Chapter 20, Pathological Positivity)
10 pages

Discontent
3 questions
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Metacognition
6 Lectures 05:24

Learn about Meta-cognition

Definition of Meta-cognition
00:17

My job as a psychologist is to illuminate the obvious. Many things that are obvious are actually unnoticed, because they are in a subconscious area of our mind - they are below our awareness. One of these obvious but unnoticed things is metacognition. Metacognition is thinking about thinking. Notice now that you have the ability to actually think about your own thinking. This creates a space and in that space exists choice. Thinking about thinking.
Illuminating The Obvious
02:18

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

The Feeling (Chapter 3, Pathological Positivity)
6 pages

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Metacognition (Chapter 4, Pathological Positivity)
4 pages

Directions for how to do the Meta-cognition Exercise

Meta-cognition Exercise
02:21

Meta-Cognition Exercise

To Do- Meta-cognition Exercise
00:28

Metacognition
3 questions
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Power of Perception
4 Lectures 02:04
In this course, you get to learn how your mind operates. It's like having an owner's manual for your mind. This, in turn, gives you a higher level of choice and control over how you experience your life. This welcome video also demonstrates the power of perception and how our reading of a neutral phrase or set of letters is affected by how we prepare our mind before seeing it.
Power of Perception
01:57

As stated in the video our powers of perception affect our mind. Do this exercise before continuing to the next lecture.

What did you notice?
00:07

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Power Tools (Chapter 6, Pathological Positivity)
6 pages

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Posiception (Chapter 7, Pathological Positivity)
8 pages

Power of Perception
4 questions
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Choice
4 Lectures 06:37
Elizabeth - so many times in life we have very little control or ability to predict. There is only really one thing that we can predict, and that is how we are going to react - our choices. Making the decision to move forward and not letting something that happens to hold us back. I was kidnapped and raped and starved for nine months. Mom told me, "This man has stolen 9 months of your life that you can never get back. The best thing you can do is to be happy. Don't give him another second." That advice has served me well and allowed me to move forward when I face something that I can't control. Am I going to let this control me and stop me? The one thing we have control over is what we do. This is what gives us perspective no matter what happens.
Choices
03:16

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.
The Power of Choice (Chapter 9, Pathological Positivity)
10 pages

This video illustrates the power of choice - not over our circumstances, but over our responses to whatever happens to us. Most people grapple with the question of how much they control or don't control the circumstances in their life. Viktor Frankl was a Jewish Austrian psychiatrist during World War II. He was captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp where he witnessed some of the most terrible atrocities possible. He identified what he called the last of human freedoms, to choose your attitude in any given set of circumstances. He also said that between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
What Can We Choose?
03:06

Choice
3 questions

This classic piece by Viktor Frankl should be required reading for all citizens of the planet.

Man’s Search For Meaning
00:15
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Paradigms
14 Lectures 36:50
Noxious negativity versus Pathological positivity, victim versus agent. Description of the difference between these two paradigms.
Victim Versus Agent
05:38

This particular example shares the switch idea. As soon as you say I can't it turns the brain off. Sometimes we're hesitant to say "I can" but we don't know how. This puts the brain in the power position and enables us to take steps to move forward.

Can Versus Can’t
01:18

It is easy to ask that question in a whiney voice. Subconsciously we need to have some reason for or answer to our questions. If a bad or hard or difficult thing happens to me, what answer would make sense? What kinds of kids get abused? It is about opportunity and availability, not about the kids themselves. Outside of putting ourselves in harm's way, it's really not about us. This is true of abuse, and it is also true of other things that can happen. A certain percentage of the population will experience any particular event or circumstance. A more empowering question would be "why not me?" You really wouldn't wish this on anyone else that you love. Elizabeth shares example of her sister who was in the same room with her. Why not me is an empowering position. It doesn't remove the unpleasant nature of what you are experiencing, but it puts you in a position that is much more productive.

You are never wrong about how you feel.
This choice does not necessarily make the challenge go away, but it changes your own position and perspective.
Challenge - whatever you are going through right now - can you ask a different question and ask "why not me?" See what kind of power that can bring into your life.

Why Me? Versus Why Not Me?
07:53

In scarcity we are living in lack - there is never enough time, love, money, attention. The opposite side of this is a perspective of abundance.

Everything you make in excess of what you need is for the purpose of serving others. This idea was shared by Hyrum Smith, one of the founders of Franklin Covey.

Scarcity has us clinging to things - our hand is closed. When we let go of something, we open our hand to receive what is to come.

Scarcity Versus Abundance
04:08

Consumers devour more than they bring to the table. Producers create or makes or brings more than they take away.
Consumer Versus Producer
02:35

Paradigms Quiz 1
5 questions

I'll do whatever it takes.

Someone Will Rescue Me Versus I’ll Do Whatever it Takes
00:44

Watch the video.

The Escalator
00:07

Watch the escalator video first, then this will give you the wrap-up

Escalator Commentary
01:28

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

The Choice (Chapter 8, Pathological Positivity)
20 pages

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Propportunity (Chapter 10, Pathological Positivity)
8 pages

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

The Pollyanna Proposal (Chapter 11, Pathological Positivity)
8 pages

When Elizabeth was first kidnapped she was scared and didn't know what she was going to do - didn't feel that she had any control over what would happen next. I may not be able to control everything that happens, but I can decide to do everything I can to survive. I can always make decisions based on "is this going to help me survive?" Didn't know if she would ever be able to go back to her family. Focusing on what she had lost felt worse. Decided that she could see whatever was happening as a step toward getting to where she wanted to be. Used to think that things couldn't get any worse. Would remember in those times that there was a life out there worth surviving for. We need to remember that there is hope, no matter how hard things seem.

Example of Two Paradigms
03:59

The bottom line of the two determinant paradigms is either captivity or liberty, and that is a choice. Just like gravity is always on, the two paradigms lead to very determined outcomes. The victim paradigm creates and leads to captivity. The agent paradigm creates and leads to liberty.
Captivity Versus Liberty
02:47

Paradigms Quiz 2
9 questions

Summary discussion of the two determinant paradigms with Dr. Paul and Elizabeth.
Paradigm Wrap-up Discussion
06:13
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The Cognitive Triad
4 Lectures 20:47
The cognitive triad consists of three elements: What you think, what you feel, and what you do. Of the three, which would be the most difficult to control consciously? The number one answer is what you feel. You can force yourself to do something even if you don't feel like it or want to. Thinking is the tricky one - sometimes you control it and sometimes you don't. Feeling is so automatic, that we sense little control over that part of our experience. If we want to change what we feel, we can work on the other two.
The Cognitive Triad Explanation
06:46

Knowing about the cognitive triad helps us to take a higher level of control over our experience. This story helps us to see the application.

The Knife Attack
06:37

This mnemonic (memory tool) helps us to see more clearly how to manage our own cognitive triad. Make sure you watch the video about the knife attack before you watch this video - then it will make a whole lot more sense. Think about how this relates to your own experience.
The ABCs of Think Feel Do
07:24

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

The Creation of Creation (Chapter 13, Pathological Positivity)
8 pages

Cognitive Triad Quiz
6 questions
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Relativity
3 Lectures 04:34

The point of relativity is so important. On the one hand, if we always focus on how things could be so much better it is easy to get into jealousy and negative feelings about our life. It becomes easy to focus on what is better and feel badly. We can think the other direction as well. It could be so much worse in my life. That perspective can help you see the things for which you can have gratitude in your life. You can be thankful for what you have and then from there move forward to achieve other things that you feel you want and need.

Relativity
01:55

One of my favorite movies is "Ever After" - a Cinderella story. The step mother says that no matter how bad things get they could always get worse. This gives us a perspective that is powerful and changes how we feel. During the kidnapping she often felt that her life could be so much better, which is true but not so helpful. She would also have thoughts that it could be worse, which helped her to see that her situation was not so bad. Life could always be better, but it could also be worse. It could always be worse. Keeping that perspective and point of relativity is so important.

Lessons from “Ever After”
02:39

Read the chapter from Dr. Paul Jenkin's book Pathological Positivity.

Compared to What? (Chapter 5, Pathological Positivity)
12 pages

Relativity Quiz
4 questions
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