FREE: Introduction to Psychology with Paul Bloom by Yale University Courses

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Professor Paul Bloom welcomes students and presents the course as a comprehensive introduction to the study of the human mind.

The Yale link. 

Course readings and requirements are discussed. The five main branches of psychology are presented: neuroscience, which is a study of the mind by looking at the brain; developmental, which focuses on how people grow and learn; cognitive, which refers to the computational approach to studying the mind; social, which studies how people interact; and clinical, which examines mental health and mental illnesses. This course was recorded in Spring 2007.

Course books:

Gray, Peter. Psychology (5th edition), chapter 1

Stanovich, Keith. “How to Think Straight about Psychology.” In The Norton Psychology Reader. Edited by Gary Marcus. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. pp. 27-37

Beyond Me by Frank Huguenard

Beyond Me takes the viewer on a trip through the cosmos and down to the scale of quantum physics, explores the instinctive migration patterns of animals, and draws a link between animal instincts and human personality disorders. It then goes on to suggest that all of human suffering and misery comes as a result of impressions made on our consciousness over hundreds and even thousands of lifetimes, and that the solution for removing these impressions, thereby lessening our suffering, is through the art of meditation.

  • “There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together …We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter” Max Planck
  • consciousness is a continuum
  • if a parent meditates their children receive a direct benefit benefit from the parent’s meditation
  • our egos stop at nothing to defend themselves
  • Bruce Lipton “molecularly and functionally, the cell membrane is the same as a computer chip and the nucleus with the genes is the hard disc with programs in it;  the data I type on the keyboard operates the mechanism, the cell membrane is a keyboard and that the environment is the typist and as the cell goes from one environment to another environment whatever the conditions are in that environment they type on the receptors (which are the keys) and then illicit programs form the genes. We’re not programmed from the genes we are a direct aspect of our environment”
  • it wasn’t random genetic mutations that caused evolutionary growth but rather consciousness, that pushed evolution to create new and advanced physical forms
  • you are a bio computer, it makes sense to maintain a healthy human consciousness requires the same level of attention on system maintenance that a computer does!
  • through meditation we can increase our vibrational frequency.

Christine offers taste of therapy which is more than just a buzzword by Andrew Keddie

The form of secular meditation, pioneered in the United States during the 1970s, has now become a major growth area within British psychology……..

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Man oh man you must read this book! The usual list of learnings will follow but for now suffice to say … I just had an aah ha moment! Filling in the blanks…. Humour works wonders too….

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Greenbrae’s Greenberg helps others connect with mindfulness online by Jessica Bernstein-Wax

How did you get interested in mindfulness and other therapy based on Eastern philosophies?

The Sure Heart’s Release An Interview with Jack Kornfield by HELEN TWORKOV

It is I who must love myself. No one else can make me feel whole. Only I can provide that love. Now I know that wholeness is always accessible to me and all beings everywhere. This knowing allows me to live with a new peacefulness and kindness to myself and others. In the simplest way, it has changed my whole life.

Why I love photo so much!!

Voices: Filter Out the Noise and Connect to Your Life

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2011/11/voices-filter-out-the-noise-and-connect-to-your-life/