Psychology/Self-Development

ENLIGHTENED LIVING: Staying Centered in a Stressful World

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 01 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Too often, we are unconscious of the ways we operate, both in our thinking and our interactions with others. Other people and stressful situations can press our "buttons," leading to reactivity, negativity, and overall stress. Becoming conscious in new ways to the thoughts and perspectives that no longer serve us is the first step. In this class we will concentrate on these issues and more, including: • Conscious thinking: We will explore the stories that we are telling ourselves, dismantle old concepts, and learn ways to remain centered and unstressed, even in the midst of upheaval. We will concentrate on the “tapes” of our self-talk, and root out stress-causing and debilitative thinking using multiple techniques. • Conscious acting: We will develop a new understanding of the “crazymakers” in our lives. These difficult and often hard-to-understand personality types can draw us into unwanted drama, drain our energy, and cause us tremendous stress which continues long after our interactions with them. In this class, we will learn new ways to operate, working with boundaries, and creating specific behavior “templates” to use for difficult people and situations as they come up. • Conscious living: We will use wisdom teachings from the world's major spiritual traditions, scientific findings, the lenses of psychology and sociology, ideas from Aikido (a martial art) to simplify our lives through the principles of non-attachment, living in the present, understanding our true nature, energy banking, and more. By changing our consciousness, we can change our world. (This class is a part of a series of classes in which Liz Weiman explores the continuing journey spanning stress and serenity, dealing with difficult people and culminating in choosing freedom over fear. A limited enrollment class.)

PUTTING CURRENT IDEAS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE INTO REAL LIFE PERSPECTIVE

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this course, students will read and discuss two books from the current bestseller list in psychology and social science. The Undoing Project the latest book by Michael Lewis (author or The Big Short and The Blindside) is about the friendship and collaboration of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, two psychologists who turned the world of psychology on its head. This will be followed by one of iconoclastic thinker Daniel Kahneman’s best-known works, Thinking Fast and Slow. Dr. Diddel will lead discussion of the material, adding additional information about the topic and guiding students into putting their spin on the material and how it applies to their lives. (A limited enrollment class)

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION: Improving Health, Longevity, and Quality of Life

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Price: 275.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 05 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-04-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scientists are discovering more and more that there are complex biological links between the stresses in our lives, our nervous system, and our immune function. In fact, one of the fastest growing areas of medical research measures the impact of positive and negative emotions on the immune system. Unfortunately, the stresses of modern life cause so many of us to operate in a continual state of the "fight or flight response", during which specific biochemical reactions occur and cortisol is released throughout the body. Elevated cortisol levels have been found to interfere with memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, and higher blood pressure. At the same time, the extensive research into the mind-body connection has confirmed the medical, mental, and psychological benefits of certain stress-reducing practices that can improve our health. In this class we will cover the landmark mind-body research of such scientists as Robert Ader, Bob Fellen, Candace Pert, and others. In addition, we will learn cutting-edge stress reduction techniques such as cognitive behavior mindfulness, MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction), and integrative breathing. In addition, we will learn and experience simple ways to work with Eastern practices such as QiGong, Tai-Chi, Yoga breathing, and guided/non-guided meditation. By understanding the mind-body connection and by using specific stress-reduction techniques, we can profoundly affect our overall health, longevity, and quality of life. (A limited enrollment class)

ILLUMINATING THE PSYCHE THROUGH THE ARTS: Art as Lens to Relationships with Others

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will bring together the Arts and Psychology—an exuberantly illuminating and catalyzing pair—in order to create a portal into understanding the conundrums of human behavior. We delight in duos that reciprocally enhance: food and wine; Simon and Garfunkel; warp and woof; Toklas and Stein; Yin and Yang; Freud and Jung. Our smorgasbord will include: • Poetic cataclysms of Nobel prize-winning Wislawa Szymborska managed by Tich Nhat Hahn’s meditative practice and Steven Hayes’ Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). • Pia Melody’s epic research on redemptive connection through healthy boundaries excavated by excerpts from Grace Paley’s short stories and Rebecca Solnit’s memoires. • Maggie Taylors’s fantastical photo collages mapping the stress/trauma response in Bessel van der Kolk’s foundational book The Body Keep the Score. Ultimately, this course is designed to provide safe passage—sometimes quiet, sometimes boisterous—to better understand the complexities of our lives, individually and collectively, through combinations that compliment and oppose; distill and topple; shore up and expand. Each class will combine current psychological and neurological theory with the visual and literary arts. Writing, collage, and drawing will also be a part of our work together, though always optional. Ultimately, group discussions and experiential opportunities will open a space for better understanding the dynamics of relationships with others and with ourselves. (A limited enrollment class)