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“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” - Joseph Campbell
This course distills research from psychology into lessons and steps that you can take to live more authentically.
Start living your own life
·Get in touch with your true self
·See the world without distortions and biases
·Build authentic relationships with your partner, friends and family
·Discover what it takes to live authentically
·Become who you really are
Get a full-fledged authenticity course that covers every single factor that will contribute to a life that’s true to yourself.
Being ourselves is at the heart of a fulfilled life. Authenticity plays a major role in fulfilled relationships, a life of passion and honesty as well as self-confidence. People who are able to express themselves authentically, are among the happiest and also most successful people in the world. In this course, you’ll learn how to live your life authentically – based on the scientific research on authenticity.
At the beginning, we’ll briefly cover the What? and Why? of authenticity before we learn which factors contribute to an authentic life. Then we’ll set the basis for living authentically: getting in touch with our true selves. Next we will build on this understanding of our true selves and take all the necessary steps that will lead us to a more authentic life. Throughout the whole course, you’ll get activities, worksheets and more additional material that will lead you through the exact steps.
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|Section 1: Hello and welcome!|
Let's get to know each other. In this video, I introduce myself and will tell you about the course.
What it means to be authentic
|Quiz 1||10 questions|
Let's get the basics straight.
|Section 2: Self-Understanding - The First Step towards Authenticity|
Self-Understanding: The First Step towards AuthenticityPreview
Personality: Your Big Five
The Big 5 Personality Traits - Visualized
Link to VIA Character Strengths Survey
Activity: Sentence Stem Completion
Worksheet: Sentence Stem Completion
Activity: SWOT Analysis
Self-Awareness Reflections: Who Am I?
Who am I? - Triumphs and Aspirations
Who am I? - Injuries and Healings
Who am I? - Emotional World
Who am I? - Mission and Legacy
|Lecture 18||4 pages|
This is the worksheet that brings together all of the four self-reflection activities into one place.
|Quiz 2||3 questions|
A short quiz to refresh your memory.
|Section 3: Unbiased Perception - The Second Step towards Authenticity|
Unbiased Perception: The Second Step towards AuthenticityPreview
Activity: See the World as It Really Is
Worksheet: Seeing the World as It Really Is
Unbiased perception means getting rid or at least reducing our distortions. In this video we'll get a short overview of them.
This lecture is about self-serving bias and selective perception.
Cognitive Biases II
|Lecture 25||4 pages|
This worksheet will give you an overview of the most common cognitive distortions and help you understand which roles they play in your life. For this, go over the following list an then think back and see if you can identify a time when you also fell for this cognitive distortion. Go over this list carefully and take some time to see if you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself.
Seeing the world as it really is
|Section 4: Unbiased Perception - Part II|
Mindfulness to See The World as It Really Is
What Mindfulness Is
Activity: Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Resources to Help with Mindfulness Meditation
Activity: Exploring Self-Compassion Through Writing
Worksheet: Exploring Self-Compassion through Writing
Activity: Self-Compassion Question
Resources: Self-compassion meditations
Seeing the World as it really is
|Section 5: Authentic Behavior - The Third Step towards Authenticity|
Authentic Behavior: The Third Step Towards AuthenticityPreview
The Courage to Follow Our Heart
How to Build Courage
Activity: Building Courage
FEAR - Obstacles to Authentic Behavior Change
DARE - Fostering Authentic Behavior Change
Defusion is defined as distancing, disconnecting or seeing thoughts and feelings for what they are: As streams of words or passing sensations. It means recognizing that our thoughts and feelings are not facts!
Activity: Acceptance of Discomfort
|Section 6: Authentic Relationships - The Fourth Step towards Authenticity|
Authentic Relationships: The Fourth Step towards AuthenticityPreview
The fear of disconnection is the major obstacle to authenticity in relationships. It’s a universal emotion that every human being shares. In this lecture we explore what fear of disconnection ( = shame) means and how we can cope with it effectively.
Be Seen Rather than Validated
Activity: Do You Dare to Open up?
Living with Vulnerability
Activity: Opening up
Worksheet: Opening UpPreview
Worksheet: Gratitude Letter
|Section 7: Moving Forward|
Before we end this course, this lecture is about reflecting on your progress and taking the actions you need to become more authentic.
It's time to say good bye now. But the journey isn't over. You can always share your thoughts and struggles, ask questions and post interesting articles with the community. I encourage you to do so!
|Lecture 56||3 pages|
Here you'll find the most important research papers that I based this course on. If you are interested in the research behind the lessons and activities in this course, this section is for you. To find the research papers, simply type the title into Google Scholar. Access to some of the papers might be restricted but most should be freely available.
If you want to know about more studies (and there are many more!), you can always message me.
Manuel Kraus is the founder of Good Life Foundation, an organization seeking to empower individuals and communities across the world to live happy and fulfilled lives by teaching positive psychology. He is also an expert in the field and one of only a few people in the world holding a Master's degree in Applied Positive Psychology. His main research interest focuses on the experience of meaning in life.
He has been teaching positive psychology in workshops and seminars; and is the author of a series of online courses. They cover topics from building positive emotions and self-esteem to changing mindsets and overcoming tough times.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of life flourishing and optimal human functioning. It asks questions like these: What do very happy people do differently? How do the most successful people think and act?What makes some married couples stay together happily for many decades while others break up within months or years? And why are some people able to bounce back from failures while others succumb to them?
Happiness is not the absence of sadness and anger, and eliminating weaknesses does not mean we are really good at something. Many, many experiments, case studies, analyses and other forms of rigorous research have been conducted to provide insights into what makes our lives good and how we manage to live happily and successfully. Unfortunately, this science is not yet accessible to many people. That is why Manuel is committed to teach these findings and applications. His goal is to help create the foundations for everyone to live a good life by making positive psychology research accessible to everybody.
'I believe that the scientific study of what makes our lives most worth living can help people transform their lives. That is why I teach about topics like personal growth, building fulfilling relationships, goal-setting, mindfulness, self-esteem and realizing strengths. My personal mission is to make positive psychology research accessible to everybody, and thereby creating the foundations for people to live a good life and help build a better world.'