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Psychology 1504 Positive Psychology
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Bridging Ivory Tower and Main Street The objective of positive psychology is to unite the rigor of academic research with the accessibility of the self-help movement.
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House keeping Feedback or questions In case of an emergency… … we’ll take a PP-break Powerpoints and videotape on website Active note-taking Regular Time-Ins
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“Words are not the sole medium of exchange in teaching and learning— we educate with silence as well. Silence gives us a chance to reflect on what we have said and heard… In authentic education, silence is treated as a trustworthy matrix for the inner work students must do, a medium for learning of the deepest sort.”
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The Road to Positive Psychology Humanistic Psychology (50’s) The Third Force Reaction to behaviorism (First Force) Reaction to psychoanalysis (Second Force) Lacked rigorous methodology
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Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) Karen Horney (1885-1952) Meet the Grandparents Aaron Antonovsky (1923-1994)
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Meet the Parents Martin Seligman Ellen Langer Philip Stone
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Meet 1504
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It is not merely about information It is also about transformation  Covering less; uncovering more
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“In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; in pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped.” Lao Tzu “The soul grows by subtraction, not addition.” Thoreau
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In Search of “WOW” There is no “WOW”! Making common sense more common
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Information is not enough “What is wrong is not the great discoveries of science— information is always better than ignorance, no matter what information or what ignorance. What is wrong is the belief behind the information, the belief that information will change the world. It won’t.” Archibald MaCleish
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Information is not enough “Humanistic philosophy [offers] a new conception of learning, of teaching, and of education. Stated simply, such a concept holds that the function of education, the goal of education—the human goal, the humanistic goal, the goal so far as human beings are concerned—is ultimately the ‘self-actualization’ of a person, the becoming fully human, the development of the fullest height that the human species can stand up to or that the particular individual can come to. In a less technical way, it is helping the person to become the best that he is able to become.” Abraham Maslow
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concerning the good life It is about identifying the right questions Education is the quest for information and transformation, and therefore must begin with a question . “The most common source of mistakes in
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