Fall 2016 quarter
Following Frankl's existentialist urgings toward hope and meaning, as well as the humanists’ emphasis on self-actualization, leading scholars in psychology founded "positive psychology" in 1998. Since that time, we now have a better understanding of humans at their best. This worldwide collaborative effort has attempted to balance early psychology’s focus on psychopathology. In this class, we will study correlates to life satisfaction and examine empirical science as well as practical strategies for promoting well being, quality of life, and resilience. Students will engage in experiential activities related to gratitude, hope, savoring, leadership, forgiveness, teamwork, curiosity, humor and playfulness, self-regulation, altruism, etc. The goal of this course is for students to develop a general body of knowledge (and experience) about the new social science regarding the more positive aspects of human existence. We will be “living” much of this material, so this information should be directly applicable to your personal and professional development.
Fields of Studycommunity studies consciousness studies education health leadership studies psychology
Psychology, education, leadership, business, and politics.
Location and Schedule
Additional Schedule Details
Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Oct. 2nd, 16th, 30th; Nov. 13th; Dec. 4th). First class meeting Sun, Oct 2, 9am, Seminar 2 A2105.