The Effect of Positive Psychology Course

Post your response to the following: In what ways has the information in this course changed your life? Your personal belief system? Your understanding of your fellow human beings? How have you implemented the concepts from this course in your life?

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You know, what I am taking away from this course is a better understanding of human behavior, both mine and others. I have enjoyed how the course material always maintains an intrapersonal perspective, even when explaining interpersonal topics. This course was like a complex, nine-week self-help course. We explored every area of human motivation and accomplishment. I particularly like the sections on hope and self-respect. Since I have started studying psychology I have always enjoyed a good discussion of the ideal self and the self-concept. They are both fascinating to me. I guess the area that has really hit home with me this course is empathy. Being a man in western culture and being the personality type that I am (introverted and neurotic at times), has led to lower levels of empathy in my life than others. I have had to work on seeing the situation from other people’s perspective. This course has helped with that. I also really enjoyed the study of attachment styles. That really explains some of the tendencies in my own life. I was happy to learn that attachment styles can be altered, at least to some extent. Other than those just a better general knowledge of human behavior.

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Bolt, M. (2004). Pursuing human strengths: A positive psychology guide. New York, NY: Worth Publishing.

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  1. I took a positive psychology course in college, and it was pretty life changing to be honest. It is really cool that you took a similar course that helped you out. I enjoyed the course so much that I began writing my own blog posts that relate to positive psychology. I think that this field should be exposed to as many people as possible in order to help them live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Feel free to check it out at any time, and I also welcome any contributions that you may have to the content. Great post!

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    1. Positive psychology was also very transformative for me as well. Up until my first positive psychology class it was all Freud, Jung, and Behaviorism; or as I like to refer to them: rats, bats, and parent traps. Positive psychology showed me that there was more to the field of psychology than mental illness and behavior control. At any rate, thank you for the comment and stay tuned! There is another positive psychology class that I took at UOP that I will be posting about shortly: Motivation Processes in Human Psychology (PSY355). So, check back soon.

      Also, you can find all of my posts that are related to positive psychology here:

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