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Psychology of Personal Growth (Period Block 8)

Course Description

This is an introductory course to the field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human happiness, well-being and strength of character. Students will engage in detailed analysis of these concepts and gain an understanding of the research behind them.

The following topics will be covered: 

  1. defining and measuring happiness

  2. interpreting beliefs 

  3. developing healthy self-esteem

  4.  mindfulness, focus, and appreciation 

  5. learned optimism

  6.  intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation

  7. resilience and post-traumatic growth

  8.  perfectionism 

  9. creativity 

  10. setting goals and forming positive habits 

  11. social support structures and healthy relationships.