The Psychology of Happiness
This course aims: to explore the concept of happiness from a psychological perspective.
You will learn about different routes to happiness presented by humanistic approach and positive psychology. We will explore the studies of positive emotion, positive character, positive institutions and flow made by Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi. You will learn about the art of happiness introduced by the Dalai Lama and Haward C. Cutler, mental health, well-being, self-actualisation and peak experience through studying concepts built on pioneering work by Rogers, Maslow, Jahoda and Erikson. You will learn about the use of psychological interventions to increase individual happiness.
10.00am The Art of Happiness: different definitions and
11.35am Theories of Happiness and Authentic Happiness
2.00pm On Becoming a Person. Maximizers and Satisficers
3.45pm Self -Actualisation, Peak Experience and
5.00pm Course disperses
Seligman M.E.P. , Authentic Happiness, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London, 2002
Seligman M.E.P., Flourish, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London, 2011
Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £67.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Magdalena Olmos has an MA from the University of Warsaw. She has been a lecturer in psychology for over twenty five years. She is also a qualified Personal Performance Coach.
Director of Studies
Alistair Ross is a BACP senior accredited counsellor and supervisor and was Chair of BACP’s Professional, Ethics and Quality Standards Committee. He is an accredited Baptist minister, on the editorial board of Practical Theology and an international board member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology (SEPTT). He is Dean and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford and an associate member of the theology faculty in Oxford.
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