With weeks 7-10 underway, I feel like I have a better understanding on the realm surrounding positive psychology. I believe the information that we’ve gathered in the past couple of weeks has really taught me about myself, and showed me my strengths and weaknesses, and how to apply these skills in a professional working environment. In the first couple weeks of this class we learned about the basic information regarding Mindfulness and certain ways we can work towards keeping ourselves happy. Now as we are ending the course we are digging deeper and understanding how our emotions and impulsive choices can affect us in the long run. We started off weeks 7-10 by discussing romantic relationships as well as getting to know your inner self. We can use the different acts of Mindfulness to accept our inner selves and set improvement where it might be needed. This class has taught me that its extremely important to live in the moment, and that its never to late to make a change in trying to improve your well being. I tend to live in the past, overthinking & over analyzing my decisions and choices. I’m planning on working towards letting silly decisions go in order to lessen my anxiety and bettering my own mental state. The photo for this blog is expressing how I want to work towards letting go of my familiar way of negative thinking, and gain a more positive outlook.
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Just from the first couple weeks of classes I already feel as if I’m getting more out of this class than I expected. Every lecture I learn something new about positive psychology, and I’m able to apply it to various situations throughout my daily life. The topics that we’ve learned so far in class relate to one another really well because they build on top of one another. The information from the previous lecture sets a nice foundation for the new concepts. The lectures and weekly assignments offer a clearer understanding of components that correlate to our behavioral health and then show how they affect our overall mental health.
I’ve taken my fair share of psychology classes in the past, each offering valuable information and new concepts. Surprisingly, the first time I heard of The Keyes’ Model of Complete Mental Health was from this class.
I really enjoyed learning more about automatic thinking/thoughts. I wasn’t aware of all the different types of categories that automatic thoughts can be classified under ( Emotional reasoning, personalization, black & white thinking, etc.) I’ve dealt with the more negative side of automatic thinking due to previous mental issues surrounding depression and anxiety. They started to occur a lot more frequently when I was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of nine, and they still follow me around to this day. Our automatic thoughts indicate the way we choose to think and interpret certain situations, which in turn end up having a huge impact on how we choose to feel in that very moment. I really enjoyed learning helpful tips on how I can counteract these thoughts, but I also liked hearing my classmates experiences and how they choose to deal with their thoughts.