The Msc in Positive psychology and Coaching Psychology programme (MAPPCP) – Update

The Msc in Positive psychology and Coaching Psychology programme (MAPPCP),

School of Psychology, UEL

Soon to celebrate the graduation of its first cohort!

 Launched in 2015, this unique course is enjoying immense popularity!

The Sept 2016 intake is now full, and registration is now open for January 2017 intake. 

MAPPCP is the first programme of its kind in the world, brings together positive psychology and coaching psychology in order to create an innovative training programme for people wishing to promote wellbeing in applied settings.

This course harnesses the respective strengths of its two streams to create an exciting synthesis: From positive psychology, the course has a strong foundation in cutting-edge theory and research relating to wellbeing; From coaching, the course features advanced training in working with clients and groups in professional capacities.

As a result, students will be well versed in the  relevant scientific literature, as well as confident in applying their knowledge and skills in practice.

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The programme is offered both on campus and as a distance learning course.

Here are the links to UEL website. 

Information on the on campus course can be found here:

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Courses/MSc-Applied-Positive-Psychology-and-Coaching-Psychology

Information to on the distance learning course can be found here:

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Courses/MSc-Applied-Positive-Psychology-and-Coaching-Psychology-by-distance-learning

 For more information please contact us through the box below :

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Programme Leader MAPPCP

School of Psychology

UEL

The Msc in Positive psychology and Coaching Psychology programme at UEL

Here are some details about this new exciting programme:

The Msc in Positive psychology and Coaching Psychology programme (MAPPCP),

School of Psychology, UEL

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 This unique course, the first of its kind in the world, brings together positive psychology and coaching psychology in order to create an innovative training programme for people wishing to promote wellbeing in applied settings.

This course harnesses the respective strengths of its two streams to create an exciting synthesis: From positive psychology, the course has a strong foundation in cutting-edge theory and research relating to wellbeing; From coaching, the course features advanced training in working with clients and groups in professional capacities.

As a result, students will be well versed in the  relevant scientific literature, as well as confident in applying their knowledge and skills in practice.

The programme is offered both on campus and as a distance learning course.

Here are the links to UEL website. 

Information on the on campus course can be found here:

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Courses/MSc-Applied-Positive-Psychology-and-Coaching-Psychology

Information to on the distance learning course can be found here:

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Courses/MSc-Applied-Positive-Psychology-and-Coaching-Psychology-by-distance-learning

 For more information please contact us through the box below :

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Programme Leader MAPPCP

School of Psychology

UEL

UEL launches a new and exciting programme: MSC in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology

In July 2015, the School of Psychology at UEL launched an exciting programme, the first of its kind in the world:

the Msc in Positive psychology and Coaching Psychology programme (MAPPCP).

As its title denotes, the programme brings together positive psychology with coaching psychology, in order to enable participants to apply positive psychology in a client facing environment.

The programme is offered both on campus and as a distance learning course.

Here are the links to UEL website. 

Information on the on campus course can be found here:

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Courses/MSc-Applied-Positive-Psychology-and-Coaching-Psychology

Information to on the distance learning course can be found here:

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Courses/MSc-Applied-Positive-Psychology-and-Coaching-Psychology-by-distance-learning

 

For more information please contact us through the box below :

 

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

 

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

UEL

 

 

 

 

The Success-Happiness Equation Workshop

Welcome to Dr Rona Hart’s

Success-Happiness Equation

Workshop

 

 

Most people believe that once they become successful, then they’ll be happy.

They believe that only when they achieve certain goals that they set for themselves,

or desires that they wish to have – they will finally experience the joy that comes

from fulfillment and contentment.

 

But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is flawed!

 

In reality, the success-happiness formula is actually backward:

Happiness leads to and fuels our success,

not the other way around!

 

 

Given that success and happiness are the basic goals that we all wish to achieve

throughout our lives, this intriguing discovery raises many questions about the logic

and the common sense thinking by which we conduct our lives, such as:

  • What is happiness and what is success?

  • Why is happiness so central to our lives and our wellbeing and how it fuels our success?

  • What is the key to our happiness? Can we control our feelings?

  • How can we become happier?

  • What can we do with all the problems and hurdles that seem to take away our happiness, and is happiness an outcome of life without problems?

  • Where is that junction where happiness and success meet and how can we find it?

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In The Happiness-Success Equation workshop Dr Rona Hart, a lecturer and mentor in

Positive Psychology, draws from the vast research on the happiness and success connection,

to bring you some of the most insightful, groundbreaking findings, to address these intriguing questions.

This unique workshop brings you some of the central principles of positive psychology.

It lays out in a simple and structured way the complex relationship between the psychology and the mechanics of success, and our mental wellbeing, and offers you life-changing insights about success and happiness.

 

But it does not remain on a theoretical level:

this workshop is results-driven.

Thus, it offers you some simple, easy to use tools for increasing happiness and success that have been tried and tested around the globe, with fascinating results.

These tools will enable you to transform your state of mind and your daily routines in a matter of days, and lead you and those around you to new heights of success.

 

This is a must-attend workshop for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity.

The Happiness-Success Formula isn’t only about how to become happier.

It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive outlook to achieve extraordinary results.

 

 

Here are the details of this workshop:

 

Sunday 7 Sept 2014   11:00-13:30

at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, NW11

Places are limited.

£16 Pre-booked, £20 on the day

Don’t miss this intensive, practical, goal-setting workshop!

Don’t miss this intensive, practical,

goal-setting workshop!

Here it is!

 

 

The play-full-out and change-your-life

Goal Setting workshop!

 

Learn powerful and proven ways to set and achieve the goals

that you desire with our goal-setting workshop.

 

Goal setting is the single most important tool in creating success in our life.

Our ability to set goals and to work towards achieving them, is considered the MASTERKEY to your success and happiness!

 

 

We can’t have the success that we desire and dream of –

if we cannot describe what it is that we desire and dream about.

 

 

The opening step to any success we are likely to experience in our lives – is to decide exactly what it is that we really want, and define what success means to us in every area of our life.

 

 

This programme will take you by the hand and show you how to set your goals for the years to come, in the most efficient and quickest way possible.

This is the most complete goal-setting and goal-achieving programme.

It is founded on Positive Psychology principles

and brings you the most effective, cutting-edge technologies ever created and tried and tested for goalsetting.

 

In this powerful programme, Dr Rona Hart takes you through an effortless,

proven step-by-step system that you can put to use immediately to achieve anything you desire in life.

In this goal-setting workshop you will learn

some of the most significant principles for happiness and success:

 

  • What makes the difference between winners and losers.

  • Why success is not a matter of luck or destiny.

  • What are the most important tools for success and where you can get them.

  • How you can conduct yourself as a winner in any situation.

  • Where is the junction where happiness and success meet and how you can find it.

  • Why some people do not get what they want and what stops them.

  • How to practice no-limit thinking and free yourself from old habits and limiting beliefs that are holding you back.

  • How to harness the power of your mind to achieve your goals.

  • How to develop the motivation, self-discipline and persistence required for any goal attainment.

 

And, by the end of the workshop …

  • You will have a clear understanding of where you stand today and what are the areas of your life you need to focus on.

  • Know how to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

  • Know what is really possible for you.

  • Be clear and precise about what you want to achieve in the next decade and why you want to achieve these goals.

  • Get a clear insight as to what is really important to you, and list your priorities for the next 12 months.

  • And have a timed plan for each of your goals.

  • Have a powerful, proven strategy that you can use to determine exactly how to get what you want.

  • You will develop a simple daily action plan, that, when followed, will guarantee that you achieve your goals and bring the success you desire and deserve.

 

As you go through this programme and implement the tools that

You are offered, you will learn the keys to success and happiness,

and set yourself onto a journey of fulfillment.

 

Join us for the most exciting journey of your life -the journey to achieve your goals!

 

 

Here are the details of this workshop:

For maximum effectiveness, this program is best conducted as an in-house programme.

Ideal group size: 8 – 40 participants.

Duration: 2 sessions, 3 hours each.

Cost: £600

 

To purchase this workshop for your organisation Please contact us through the box below :

 

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

 

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Positive Psychology Centre

London UK

 

Time2Energise: Time and EnergyMastery Programme for Executives

Time2Energise:

Time and EnergyMastery Programme for Executives

 

 

Time is finite and precious – you can’t make more of it,

but you can control how you use it. The way we use our time defines the quality of our lives.

William Penn

 

We live in a frantic era. The pulse of our lives is swift, instant and insistent. Our hours, days, weeks and years are fragmented into to-do’s and a never ending list of musts.

We walk around with our diaries, to do lists, ipods and blackberries, instant messengers, buzzers, and pop up reminders – all designed to help us manage ourselves and those around us more efficiently, to elevate our performance, and be more productive.

We pride ourselves for our ability to multitask – to skim across a multitude of agendas, tasks and targets, quickly reacting to the demands from our environment. With this constant race to respond to the relentless assault on our minds, our energy and time, there is never enough time to dig deep enough, to reflect and learn and develop, or to consider our own goals and aspirations, and what’s important to us. There is rarely time to have a proper rest, never mind have a good time, and laugh.

When the pressure mounts up, we go into survival mode: little sleep, eating junk food at our desks, drinking coffee to remain awake, and then winding down with alcohol. During weekends and when at home, we are often exhausted and impatient. Leisure time with family and friends has become just another task on our jam-packed to-do lists.

The term 24/7 depicts a reality in which the day never ends, and where we are always accessible and available to take on more.

We’re maxed out, but inside, we are falling apart.

And, truth to be told, most of us are sincerely giving our very best just to get by, and we are willing to give up our most precious and finite resource – our time – to meet the demands. The problems is, we have no more time to give….

Starved for time, we assume we have no choice but to do even more; we attempt to cram as much as possible into every hour and every day….

 

If you can identify with this image – then this programme is for you!

We are here to show you that there is another way….

 

The Time Famine and the Energy Crisis the two most common problems that affect us today.

They plague our workplace, and spill out into our entire lives. They are clearly connected, with one feeding the other.

 

In a world where the demands on our lives exceeds our capacity to respond, it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of energy depletion and frenzied daily habits and routines.

 

The outcome is poor performance, unsatisfactory quality of life, dispirited relationships, and unhappiness.

 

 

It’s time to take a step back from your hurried life and make some positive changes!

 

We believe that our day to day performance and our long-term well-being, are dependent on skillful management of our energy reservoirs and our time.

We argue that our time and energy management strategies need to be in sync, in order to meet the relentless demands from us, and our hassled pace of life.

 

Yet, there are very few programmes, that take account and both aspects.

 

This executive time and energy mastery course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques, to enable you to manage both your and your team’s energy and time efficiently, and to your best advantage.

 

The programme is divided into three parts:

Part 1: Energy Management

In this part of the course, we shall discuss the 4 keys of effective energy management:

* The dynamics of our energy – fluctuating between spending and renewal.

* The sources of our energy:

* Physical energy – taking care of our body,

* Cognitive energy – directing our thoughts patterns and attitudes,

* Emotional energy – regulating our own and other people’s emotions,

* Social energy – the power of nurturing relationships,

* Identity coherence energy – aligning our actions with our purpose and calling

* What depletes our energy.

* How to energize – balancing our energy levels.

 

Part 2: Time Management

In this part, we shall explore the 7 keys of effective time management:

* Goal setting and prioritising.

* Planning: tips for simple and quick planning.

* Delegating responsibilities and tasks.

* Systemic management and organisation

* The rules of efficient performance: how to manage ourselves to accomplish more in less time!

* Performance evaluation and adjustment.

* Identifying and eliminating time wasters: procrastination, indecisiveness, clutter, inability to say ‘no’, email and internet, energy vampires, perfectionism and more.

 

Part 3: Managing others

In this part, we shall discuss the 4 keys of effective time and energy management of those around you:

* Understanding different energy patterns and time perspectives, and working efficiently with individuals and teams.

* Creating a coordinated system for energy and time management at work.

* Arranging office space to maximise efficiency.

* Creating a positive and engaging emotional tone.

 

 

This high-powered course is packed full with practical and easy to implement tools and actions, guaranteed to explode your personal as well as your employees’ productivity, achieve your organisational goals and elevate satisfaction and well-being at work!

You will learn how to take control of your own as well other people’s energy and time, to better synchronize these resources, in order to perform continually at peak state.

 

 

What will you gain from the course?

Learn the skills that will allow you to regain control of your energy and time:

* Understand the dynamics of your energy and learn how to assess your and other people’s energy levels at any given point.

* Understand what charges your and your team’s energy what depletes your reservoirs.

* Learn how to manage and refuel your energy reserves as well as help others to rewind and renew their energy.

* Assess your time realistically and find out where your time is going.

* Learn to prioritise your team’s time.

* Learn how to set goals and plan your projects.

* Learn how to organise your environment for maximum efficiency.

* Discover how to balance work, family and leisure time.

* Learn how to delegate responsibilities and tasks.

* Discover the secrets of efficient action.

* Set targets and timelines – and meet them!

* Examine your time wasters and eliminate them.

* Learn how to overcome procrastination.

* Learn how to accomplish more with less energy, effort and stress.

* Learn how to synchronise between your energy and time management strategies to maximise performance.

* Learn how to created a coordinated system for energy and time management for your team.

* Discover how to create a positive and engaging emotional climate at work.

And much, much more!

 

This powerful programme is the most complete time and energy management training available today. It draws from cutting edge research and interventions in Positive Organisational Psychology, to bring you not only technologies to manage yourself and your staff, but also the most advanced technologies for introducing change, and acquiring new skills.

This course takes you through an effortless, proven, step-by-step system that you can put to use immediately to create a more engaging and productive workplace and experience wellbeing and satisfaction!

 

 

It’s Time2Energise!!

Here are the details of this course:

 

For maximum effectiveness, this course is best conducted as an in-house programme.

Ideal group size: 8 – 40 participants.

Duration: 16 hours in total: 4 sessions X 4 hours, or 8 sessions X 2 hours

Cost: £1600

Optional: The workshop can be followed by a 12 week personal support phone-sessions.

Cost: £240 per person.

Optional: One or two follow-up seminars.

Duration: 3 hours (each)

Cost: £300 (per seminar)

To purchase this workshop for your organisation

Please contact us through the box below:

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

 

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Positive Psychology Centre

London UK

 

CBT for pain reduction

CBT for pain reduction – A lecture by Dr Dora Wang, MD

In this introductory lecture on CBT, Dr Wang explains and offers some simple and effective CBT exercises that can help in managing pain, and improve out well being and coping strategies.

What a great lecturer! Enjoy!

Dr Rona Hart

Change Your Thinking – Change Your Life! Workshop

Welcome to Dr Rona Hart’s

Change Your Thinking – Change Your Life!

Workshop

Join us For the most exciting journey of your life: The journey to fulfill your dreams!


Success, happiness and even wealth are not a matter of luck. They don’t just happen to some people and not to others – they are results created by deliberate ways of thinking.

The first and the most fundamental law of success is:

we become what we think about most of the time.

Therefore, thinking like a winner is the first step to becoming a winner!

This workshop shows you how to transform your life by transforming your thoughts.

Based on positive psychology principles,

this workshop teaches you the most effective,

cutting-edge techniques that modern psychology has to offer,

for controlling how you think about yourself and your future – leading to incredible results.


So, If you’re ready to take command of your future, achieve your dreams,

and enjoy the happiness you deserve, then join us!

Here are the workshop’s details:

For maximum effectiveness, this program is best conducted as an in-house programme.

Ideal group size: 8 – 40 participants.

Duration: 4 hours.

Cost: £400

To purchase this workshop for your organisation
Please contact us through the box below :

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Positive Psychology Centre

London UK

 

Time2Live: Taking Charge of Your Energy and Time

Don’t miss this practical, easy to implement, energy and time management course!

Time2Live: Taking Charge of Your Energy and Time

 

 

Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind.

Isaac Pitman

 

The Time Famine

Do you often feel overworked and swamped?

Are you constantly in a race against time?

Do you struggle to find a balance between home and work?

Are you often up at dawn, constantly rushing, trying to cram as much as possible into each hour and each day, struggling to meet deadlines, juggling child care, managing your home, trying to squeeze in exercise, and often feel that spending time with family and friends is just another chore that needs to be scheduled into a never ending day?

The Energy Crisis

Do you work long hours without breaks? Are you often sleep-deprived?

Do you feel physically exhausted sometimes?

Do you struggle to stay awake at work?

Do you find it difficult to stay engaged and focused at work?

Do you feel burnt-out?

Do you often feel mentally drained, depressed, distracted, short-tempered or irritated?

Do you have days where you survive on fast food on the go and coffee?

 

If you answered ‘yes’ to some or all these questions – then this course is for you!

 

The Time Famine and the Energy Crisis the two most common problems that affect us today.

They plague our workplace, and spill out into our entire lives. They are clearly connected, with one feeding the other.

 

In a world where the demands on our lives exceeds our capacity to respond, it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of energy depletion and frenzied daily habits and routines.

 

We’re maxed out. But inside, we are falling apart.

 

The outcome is poor performance, unsatisfactory quality of life, dispirited relationships, and unhappiness.

 

 

It’s time to take a step back from your hurried life and make some positive changes!

 

We believe that our day to day performance and our long-term well-being, are dependent on skillful management of our energy reservoirs and our time.

We argue that our time and energy management strategies need to be in sync, in order to meet the relentless demands from us, and our hassled pace of life.

 

Yet, there are very few programmes, that take account and address both aspects.

 

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques, to enable you to manage both your energy and time efficiently, and to your best advantage.

 

The course is divided into two parts:

 

Part 1: Energy Management

In this part, we shall discuss the 4 keys of effective energy management:

* The dynamics of our energy – fluctuating between spending and renewal.

* The sources of our energy:

* Physical energy – taking care of our body,

* Cognitive energy – directing our thoughts patterns and attitudes,

* Emotional energy – managing our own and other people’s emotions,

* Social energy – the power of nurturing relationships,

* Identity coherence energy – aligning our actions with our purpose and calling

* What depletes our energy.

* How to energize – balancing our energy levels.

 

Part 2: Time Management

In this part, we shall explore the 7 keys of effective time management:

* Goal setting and prioritising.

* Planning: tips for simple and quick planning.

* Delegating responsibilities and tasks.

* Systemic management and organisation

* The rules of efficient performance: how to manage ourselves to accomplish more in less time!

* Performance evaluation and adjustment.

* Identifying and eliminating time wasters: procrastination, indecisiveness, clutter, inability to say ‘no’, email and internet, energy vampires, perfectionism and more.

 

 

This high-powered programme is packed full with practical and easy to implement tools and actions, guaranteed to explode your personal productivity, achieve your goals and give you more time to live!

You will learn how to take control of your energy and time, to better synchronize these resources, in order to perform continually at peak state, organise and balance your life so that you will have more time for the things you enjoy.

The life you deserve and would love to live can be yours!

 

 

What you will gain from the programme?

Learn the skills that will allow you to regain control of your energy and time:

 

* Understand the dynamics of your energy and learn how to assess your energy levels at any given point.

* Understand what charges your energy and what depletes your reservoirs.

* Learn how to manage and refuel your energy reserves.

* Assess your time realistically and find out where your time is going.

* Learn to prioritise your time.

* Learn how to set goals and plan your projects.

* Learn how to organise your environment for maximum efficiency.

* Discover how to balance work, family and leisure time.

* Learn how to delegate responsibilities and tasks.

* Discover the secrets of efficient action.

* Set targets and timelines – and meet them!

* Examine your time wasters and eliminate them.

* Overcome procrastination!

* Learn how to accomplish more with less energy, effort and stress.

* Learn how to synchronize between your energy and time management strategies to maximize performance.

And much, much more!

 

 

This powerful programme is the most complete time and energy management training available today. It draws from cutting edge research and interventions in Positive Psychology, to bring you not only technologies to manage yourself, but also the most advanced technologies for introducing changes that last, and acquiring new skills.

This workshop takes you through an effortless, proven step-by-step system that you can put to use immediately to achieve a more balanced life, and experience happiness and success, while performing at your peak and doing less!

 

 

It’s time2Live!!

Join us for the most exciting journey of your life

- and take charge of your energy and time!

 

Here are the details of this programme:

For maximum effectiveness, this course is best conducted as an in-house programme.

Ideal group size: 8 – 40 participants.

Duration: option 1: 4 sessions, 3 hours each, 12 hours in total.

option 2: 6 sessions, 2 hours each, 12 hours in total.


Cost: £1200

Optional: The workshop can be followed by a 12 week personal support phone-sessions.

Cost: £240 per person.

Optional: One or two follow-up seminars.

Duration: 3 hours (each)

Cost: £300 (per seminar)

To purchase this course for your organisation

Please contact us through the box below:

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

 

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Positive Psychology Centre

London UK

 

Introduction to Positive Psychology lecture

Welcome to Dr Rona Hart’s Lecture:

Introduction to Positive Psychology

 

Positive psychology is a fairly new branch of psychology. It was established in 1998 by Prof Martin Seligman, and today it is taught at a degree level only in few universities.

 

Positive psychology has two main strands of research. One can be generally defined as the psychology of success. It includes topics such as: goalsetting, optimism, motivation, strengths, problem solving, resilience, time orientation, self-image, self efficacy, beliefs, values, performance, and many others.

The second strand of reseach can be generally defined as the psychology of wellbeing and happiness. It is generally concerned with psychological and physical wellbeing and centres on topics such as: positive and negative emotions, positive thinking, optimism, relationships, choice, autonomy, authenticity, purpose, gratitude, flow, strengths, and many others.

 

Positive Psychology has two central concerns:

  • Firstly, to enable individuals to improve their psychological states and to enable them to be happier, more successful and healthier.

  • The second aim is preventative: to help people develop better psychological resilience, which would enable them to address life’s challenges with less distress.

 

 

This lecture introduces you to positive psychology by exploring some of the core themes that make up positive psychology, and provides some context for this new and exciting perspective within psychology.


We will begin by exploring the definition of positive psychology and questionning why it is needed, and how it differs from other branches of psychology?

We will then focus on some key terms and concepts within this field of study: happiness, wellbeing, success and strengths.

Throughout the lecture, you will be offered some exercises or assessment tools to help you implement your learning.

 


 

“The message of the Positive Psychology movement is to remind our field that it has been deformed. Psychology is not just the study of disease, weakness, and damage; it also is the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is wrong; it also is building what is right. Psychology is not just about illness or health; it is about work, education, insight, love, growth, and play. And in this quest for what is best, Positive Psychology does not rely on wishful thinking, self-deception or hand-waving; instead it tries to adapt what is best in the scientific method to the unique problems that human behavior presents in all its complexity.”

Martin Seligman

 

 

What will you gain from this lecture?

 

  • You will understand the aim and scope of positive psychology and grasp the distinction between positive psychology principles and other theoretical principles of clinical psychology.

  • You will get a “map of the territory” for two of the most important areas of psychology: the psychology of success and the psychology of wellbeing and happiness.

  • You will develop an understanding of the dimensions of success and well-being.

  • You will gain insight into the ways in which positive psychology interventions are introduced, and experiment with a few interventions.

  • Develop curiocity and excitement for positive psychology.

 

Here are the details of this lecture:

 

For maximum effectiveness, this program is best conducted as an in-house programme.

Ideal group size: 8 – 200 participants.

Duration: 3 hours.

Cost: £300

 

To purchase this lecture for your organisation
Please contact us through the box below :

 

Your Name

Your Email

Subject

Your Message

 

Meanwhile have a fantastic week!

Rona

Dr Rona Hart

Positive Psychology Centre

London UK

CBT for stress reduction

CBT for stress management and reduction – A lecture by Prof Jason Satterfield.

In this introductory lecture on CBT, Prof Jason Satterfield, Director of Behavioral Medicine at UCSF, explains and offers some simple and effective CBT exercises that can help in managing stress, and improve out well being and coping strategies.

What a great lecturer! Enjoy!

Dr Rona Hart

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1990). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Dell.

This book is considered true breakthrough in the area of mindfulness meditation as a psychological intervention that has proven over the years as an effective method to enhance wellbeing – both physical and psychological, and reduce distress and pain. Over the years, the book has established itself as a beginner’s guide to meditation and as the bible for a mind/body movement that has transformed Western medicine,by coverging it with Buddhist thinking. This step-by-step guide to mindfulness meditation is based on a eight-week theraputic programme for stress reduction developed by the author (MBSR), at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Boston.

Enjoy!

Dr Rona Hart

Here’s a link to the ebook:

Kabat-Zinn 1991 full catastrophe living

 

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker

history of hardship is not a life asset

Nietzsche got it wrong

Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, famously said: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” This notion found life beyond Nietzsche’s–which is ironic, his having been rather short and miserable–and it continues to resonate within American culture.One reason is that suffering, as Freud famously recognized, is an inevitable part of life. Thus we have developed many ways to try to ease it–one of which is bestowing upon it transformative powers (another is by believing in an afterlife, of which Freud disapproved; still another is cocaine, of which he was, for a time, a fan).

Another reason is that American culture, born of trauma and imbued with a hopeful can-do ethos, wants to believe this idea, finding it self-affirming. Once we have acquired a certain belief we tend to see, remember, and report mostly instances and events that support it. This is called confirmation bias.

Thrives on adversity

Another reason we think trauma may be transformative is that we see variants of this process around us. Bacteria that are not killed entirely by an antibiotic will mutate and become resistant to it. People who go through the hardship of training tend to improve their performance. But human beings are not bacteria, and good training is not a traumatic event.Now it is true that, in an evolutionary sense, those who survive a calamity are by definition the fittest. But it is not the calamity that made them so. For our minds, however, the leap is short between seeing the strong emerge from a calamity and concluding that they are strong because of the calamity.

Our brain is a meaning-making machine, designed to sort vast and varied sensory information into coherent, orderly perception, organized primarily in the form of narrative: this happened, which led to that, which ended up so. When two things happen together, we assume they are meaningfully linked, and then we rush to bind them in a quite unholy cause-and-effect matrimony.

When you believe in things that you don’t understand…

This tendency to infer causality from co-occurrence is not limited to humans; caged pigeons, receiving food at random intervals not related to their behavior, will nevertheless repeat any movement they happened to be doing before food appeared. The pigeons become, in a sense, superstitious.

Do not thrive on adversity

As do we. In humans, many common beliefs are based on this error. Some are trivial, like a fan’s belief that wearing his lucky jersey helps his team win. But others are weightier. Because parenting behaviors co-occur with children’s developing personalities, many parents assume that their behaviors actually shape their children’s personalities. The evidence from developmental research overwhelmingly shows that they don’t. In fact, the causality is often reversed, as temperamentally-easy children enable their parents to feel competent. Good children often create good parents.

Our eagerness to ease the pain of suffering by rationalizing it, along with our tendency to look for information supportive of our preexisting beliefs and see meaning and causality in co-occurrence, all help explain how we arrive at our belief in the school of hard knocks.

But the bulk of psychological research on the topic shows that, as a rule, if you are stronger after hardship, it is probably despite, not because of the hardship. The school of hard knocks does little more than knock you down, hard. Nietzschian–and country song–wisdom notwithstanding, we are not stronger in the broken places. What doesn’t kill us in fact makes us weaker.

Developmental research has shown convincingly that traumatized children are more, not less, likely to be traumatized again. Kids who grow up in a tough neighborhood become weaker, not stronger. They are more, not less likely to struggle in the world.

Trauma with lasting effects

And the effect on adults is generally similar. For example, in one recent study, healthy adults viewed fearful and calm faces while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure activity in the amygdale, the part of the brain that forms and stores emotional memories. Half of the participants were within 1.5 miles of the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the other half lived at least 200 miles away. Participants who were near the World Trade Center on 9/11 had significantly higher amygdale activity when looking at the fearful faces compared to those who were living more than 200 miles away. “Our findings suggest that there may be long-term neurobiological correlates of trauma exposure, even in people who appear resilient,” said Dr. Barbara Ganzel, the lead researcher, “We have known for a long time that trauma exposure can lead to subsequent vulnerability to mental health disorders years after the trauma. This research is giving us clues about the biology underlying that vulnerability.” When trauma and hardship do leave a mark, it is usually a bruise under the skin, not a notch on the belt.

Not from the School of Hard Knocks

Years ago, during my mandatory army service in Israel, I took part in anti-terrorist training that involved working with the K9 unit. I asked the unit commander where he found those vicious attack dogs of his. Most people, he said, believe that wild street dogs make the best anti-terrorist dogs, having survived the, well, dog-eat-dog world of the mean streets. But the truth is just the opposite. Street dogs are useless for this–or any other–work because they are unpredictable and not trainable. Dogs that have been well cared for, loved, and protected all their lives–those are the best anti-terrorist dog candidates.And this is true for humans as well. Mayhem and chaos don’t toughen you up, and they don’t prepare you well to deal with the terror of this world. Tender love and care toughen you up, because they nurture and strengthen your capacity to learn and adapt, including learning how to fight, and adapting to later hardship.

 

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – Viktor Frankl Legacy

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – Dr Viktor Frankl Legacy

Logotherapy/Existential Analysis (LTEA) is an empirically based, meaning-centred approach to psychotherapy.

Logotherapy was developed by the Jewish Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist Dr. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997), who survived the horors of the Holocaust, and later published he international bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning.

Frankl maintains that the striving to find meaning and purpose in our lives are the primary and our most powerful motivational forces.

Logotherapy helps individuals transcend the self and use the power of meaning in order to face and conquer adversity, suffering, loss or tragedy.

Frankl’s vision has a powerful message of hope for us all. it fosters an attitude of resilience and optimism in the face of pain and loss. He views people as having three dimensions: body, mind and spirit, and according to Frankl, the spirit can never be sick.

 

Positive Psychology 2.0: Towards a Balanced Interactive Model of the Good Life

Wong, P. (2011) Positive Psychology 2.0: Towards a Balanced Interactive Model of the Good Life. DrPaulWong.Com

 

Abstract

This paper first describes the growing pains and challenges of the positive psychology (PP) movement and identified the four pillars of the good life as meaning, virtue, resilience, and well-being, which are all shaped by culture. I then introduce three issues that characterise the second wave of PP (referred to as PP 2.0). The first concerns the need for a comprehensive taxonomy of PP. The second involves the hypothesis that meaning-orientation and happiness-orientation represent two different visions of the good life with profound practical implications. Eudaimonia is viewed as meaning plus virtue. The third issue concerns a dual-systems model as a way to integrate the complex interactions between the negatives and positives to optimise positive outcomes in various situations. I conclude that PP 2.0 is characterised by a balanced, interactive, meaning-centered, and cross-cultural perspective.

To read the paper click here

Resilience after 9/11: Multimodal neuroimaging evidence for stress-related change in the healthy adult brain

Ganzel,  B.L, Kim,  P. Glover, P.H., and  Temple, E. (2008)

Resilience after 9/11: Multimodal neuroimaging evidence for stress-related change in the healthy adult brain

Neuroimage. 2008 April 1; 40(2): 788–795.

Published online 2008 January 29. doi:  10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.12.010

Abstract

Exposure to psychological trauma is common and predicts long-term physical and mental health problems, even in those who initially appear resilient. Here, we used multimodal neuroimaging in healthy adults who were at different distances from the World Trade Center on 9/11/01 to examine the neural mechanisms that may underlie this association. More than three years after 9/11/01, adults with closer proximity to the disaster had lower gray matter volume in amygdala, hippocampus, insula, anterior cingulate, and medial prefrontal cortex, with control for age, gender, and total gray matter volume. Further analysis showed a nonlinear (first-order quadratic) association between total number of traumas in lifetime and amygdala gray matter volume and function in the whole group. Post hoc analysis of subgroups with higher versus lower levels of lifetime trauma exposure revealed systematic associations between amygdala gray matter volume, amygdala functional reactivity, and anxiety that suggest a nonlinear trajectory in the neural response to accumulated trauma in healthy adults.

To read the paper click here

 

So Nietzsche WAS right: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, scientists find

So Nietzsche WAS right: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, scientists find

He said what doesn’t kill  you makes you stronger –  and it seems that philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was right.

Scientists have found that although traumatic experiences such as losing a loved one can be psychologically damaging, small amounts of trauma can make us more resilient.

In one study, those who experienced many difficult life events were found to be more distressed in general – but the same was true of some who had not faced any.

Those who had experienced some difficulties were the best off.

Other research revealed that people with chronic back pain were more mobile if  they had experienced some serious adversity.

Sufferers who had encountered either a lot or none at all were  more impaired.

Researcher Mark Seery, a psychologist at the University at Buffalo in the U.S., said: ‘A lot of ideas that seem like common sense aren’t supported by scientific evidence.

Indeed, a lot of solid psychology research shows that having miserable life experiences is bad for you.

Wise man: Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher has been proven right

‘Serious events – like the death of a child or parent, a natural disaster, being physically attacked, experiencing sexual abuse, or being forcibly separated from your family – can cause psychological problems.

‘In fact, some research has suggested that the best way to go through life is having nothing ever happen to you. But not only is that unrealistic, it’s not necessarily healthy.’

He suggested that those who go through difficult experiences are given a chance to develop an ability to cope with such situations in the future. 

‘The idea is that negative life experiences can toughen people, making them better able to manage subsequent difficulties,’ he said.

Although he stressed that ‘negative events have negative effects’, Dr Seery added: ‘I really look at this as being a silver lining. Just because something bad has happened to someone doesn’t mean they’re doomed to be damaged from that point on.’

His report on adversity and resilience appears in the latest issue of the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Choosing Schools – Choosing Identities in London

Hart R., (2011) Choosing Schools – Choosing Identities in London: A Study of Parental Choice Among Members of an Immigrant Group in London. UK/USA: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

 

Dear Friends

 

I am delighted to announce the publication of my first book (which is my PhD dissertation) by Lambert Academic Publishing.

 

Here is the abstract:

 

This ethnographic study delineates the experiences of immigrant families living in London as they engage with local schools. The findings chapters of the study explore issues of access, by following the parents as they enter London’s educational marketplace and as they choose a school for their children. The study portrays the process of educational choice from their perspective as newcomers, highlighting their positioning in the educational marketplace and the significance of their skills and resources as educational consumers.

 

The findings reveal eight types of capitals that these families draw on as they engage with the education market. These are: cultural properties, social resources, identities, symbolic assets, psychological empowerment, cognitive capacities, economic means and statutory positioning. The analyses highlight the development that occurred in the choosers’ consumerist skills over time, suggesting that there may be a way to empower disadvantaged choosers to obtain improved positions as educational consumers.

 

A central theme in this study is the occurrence of a communal pattern of schooling among this group of families. Searching for the factors that occasion segregation in education, the focus of the research shifted to explore the role of the choosers’ networks. The findings suggest that by using various control mechanisms, these networks engendered a continual pattern of schooling resulting in segregation and closure.

 

‘Choosing schools – choosing identities’ stands for the main argument of this study which states that the choice of school, as an act of consumerism, represents the choosers’ collective identities, and at the same time plays a significant role in reinventing these identities.

 

Enjoy!!

 

Rona

 

Dr Rona Hart
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The Optimism Bias

Dear friends

In The Optimism Bias Dr. Tali Sharot, from University College London, discusses our natural tendency to overestimate the likelihood of experiencing positive events in our lives in the future, and to underestimate the likelihood of negative events occuring in our lives.

The book is written from her perspective as a neuroscientist’s and therefore she explores this bias as it appears in our brain function, looking at the biological aspects of our thought patters – optimism and pessimism.

Our memories are far from being accurate…

In her early studies, Sharot asked participants to recall past memories. We may be aware of the inaccuracies in our memory – and this was perhaps no surprise for Sharot to discover that our recollections are indeed inaccurate.

However, Sharot went a step further. Using brain imaging technology, she found that the areas in the brain that are engaged when we remember events from the past – are the same areas in the brain that are engaged when we think about the future. Recollection, she claims, is very much a reconstructive process, more like story telling, rather than a video-rerun of past experiences. It is thus susceptible to inaccuracies.

Sharot went on to record people’s brain activity when they imagined everyday future events. What she discovered was that the majority of people had pleasant scenarios in their minds, of rather routine and dull future events.

She then found that most people expect more positive than negative or neutral events to take place in the future. They also expected those positive events to take place sooner rather than later. This made her question whether this natural bias towards optimism is related to our brain structure.

We are biased towards optimism

She conducted her research in 3 countries – UK, USA and Israel. All of them provided similar results: it seems that hard-wired for optimism.

Building on the research of other psychologists she argues that optimism in effect serves an evolutionary purpose: those positive expectations of the future, seem to enhanced the probability of survival.

Evidently, optimism is not productive if it is overdone. It can have grave outcomes. If we cannot realistically predict what will happen in the future, and are not well prepared to the challenges of life – we may not be able to handle them when they occur.

Nevertheless, Sharot claims that optimism is functional. It can protect us from becoming depressed and hopeless about the future. It can reduce stress and fear, hightening motivation and inclination to take action.

Sharot argues that there are parts in our brain that give us the capacity to imagine ourselves in the future. This future orientation is important because it enable us to set goals, plan ahead, save and money, and maintain our diet and health. This futuristic thinking and optimism is what motivates us and drives us to develop and improve ourselves.

But, do our expectations change our reality?

 

 

Sharot claims that when we are optimistic – ie expecting good things in our future – happiness and success, indeed, that raises our chances of success and happiness. What we see at work here is the old “self fulfilling profecy”!

But what about pessimism and depression?

Sharot found, and this is very much in line with other studies, that who are depressed – tend to be negative and pessimistic. Antidepressants, Sharot argues, do not directly change people’s moods. What they change is their cognitive bias – they slowly become less pessimistic and more optimistic. This is why it takes time for antidepressants to work – they first change perceptions, attention, and memory and only then begin to affect people’s emotional state.

Dr. Sharot claims that resilience training that helps people redirect cognitive bias toward the positive optimistic view, can, in fact, protect against depression.

The Optimism Bias reveals the neuroscience behind hope and optimism and how the brains of optimists and pessimists differ. It also shows us why we are not very good at predicting what will make us happy. For those of you who want to understanding the biological processes that affect our outlook and attitudes, this is a great read.

And here is Dr Sharot herself discussing her book:

 

 

Enjoy!

 

To your success!

 

Rona

 

Dr Rona Hart
Director
Heart Enterprises Ltd
London UK
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Spirit Junkie

Dear friends

 

 

In this inspirational Gabrielle Bernstein shares her personal story of how she turned her life around from being a New York City publicist and party girl – into a student of A Course in Miracles, and into a spiritual guide. In her new book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles, Bernstein offers her spiritual beliefs for overcoming fear, changing perceptions, shifting negative thoughts into positive ones, and creating a life where she lives her calling.

 

Enjoy!

 
 

 

To your success!

 

Rona

 

Dr Rona Hart
Director
Heart Enterprises Ltd
London UK
Tel 020 – 8931-3333
mob 07980-709821
Email: rona@hart2heart.co.uk
www.positivepsychology4u.com