How much control do we have over our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? What does it mean to be “free”? This course offers the student a contemporary and relevant approach to the study of psychology and, in the process, the opportunity to learn more about themselves. In the course, the student will be able to evaluate, understand, and build on their psychological strengths and those of others.
Describe the impact of optimism on physical and psychological well-being.
Compare and contrast the concepts of optimism and hopefulness.
Exploring Human Strengths
Review and recap the major concepts of positive psychology.
The Self: Who Am I?
Describe how self-esteem influences behavior.
Explain the impact of culture on the self-concept.
Describe cultural influences on happiness and self-concept.
Describe gender differences, or lack thereof, in positive emotions and reported happiness.
Summarize the benefits of positive emotions.
Explain the paradox of affluence.
Summarize the research on variables that are related to and unrelated to happiness.
Describe the attributes commonly associated with wise people.
Examine human virtues and their associated character strengths.
Commitment and Goals
Discuss the relationship between goal selection and well-being.
Describe the role of commitment and confidence in accomplishing a goal.
Explain the matching hypothesis.
Identify characteristics of loving relationships.
Summarize Sternburg’s triangular theory of love.
Describe how early attachment styles are associated with later adult relationships.
Introduction to Positive Psychology
Differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic happiness.
Explain how the concept of subjective well-being is measured.
Describe the concept of subjective well-being.
Describe the central themes and strategies of positive psychology.
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