If You Know Nothing About Training

August 30, 2010

Here is an example of psychology being applied to both corporate and personal productivity. And the good news is that training is simple. There are only 3 things you can teach yourself or anyone else: facts, concepts and behaviors.

Here’s an intro to the topic to get you started: Training

Five Problems With Personality Tests

August 5, 2010

There are seven basic approaches to Personality, and 5 major problems with how we test it. These series of videos looks at scoring, misuse, reliability, validity and free will.

Start with this intro video.

Then check out my  10-Day Guided Tour Of Personality

What’s Personality All About?

July 30, 2010

Here’s an overview of what a course in Personality Theories typically covers. It’s a quick summary of the seven approaches typically taken to understand personality.

Video: What’s Personality All About?

You Deserve Your Own Theory

July 11, 2010

You’ve read a lot of theories in psychology. You have ideas of what makes people tick. It’s time to write your own theory of psychology!

Or you could start a bit smaller with your theory of personality. I wrote one. You can too. It’s just putting your thoughts down on paper. I’ll even help you.

Start with this video on what to include in Your Theory.

Bruch up on what other’s have said. Here’s a whole course, including videos, on Personality Theories.

And here is a copy of My Theory of Personality.

New Lecture on Albert Ellis

July 3, 2010

Albert Ellis is rational, systematic and confrontational. He is the founder of REBT: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Like Beck, Ellis is a cognitive theorist. He maintains that we are the cause of our misery. Fortunately, we also hold the cure. The key to being happy is to control your beliefs. Don’t give in to shoulds and oughts. Accept that you are not perfect but you are good.

Here’s an intro to the ideas of Albert Ellis.

New Lecture on Aaron Beck

July 3, 2010

Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy. He combined Freud and Rogers, added his own ideas, and created a new approach to personality and counseling. The heart of Beck’s approach is the impact of beliefs on behavior. What we believe impacts what we do. Just as our perceptual processes can be distorted, our thinking can be biased.

Here is an intro to Beck’s logical thinking approach.

New Lecture on Viktor Frankl

June 28, 2010

Let’s continue our introduction of existentialism with a look at Viktor Frankl. You don’t have to have been interned in a concentration camp (as Frankl was) to appreciate the importance of living each day as if it were your last. Although existentialism is known for its emphasis on anxiety, Frankl proposed that we are responsible for our attitudes, behaviors and reactions. Life may restrict you but we must give life meaning.

Here’s a video lecture on Viktor Frankl.

New Lecture on Rollo May

June 25, 2010

Dr. Ken Tangen introduces existentialism with a look at Rollo May. Although existentialism is known for its emphasis on anxiety, May offered a solution: love. Not the fluffy thinking of romantic love but the solid thoughtful love that shows care, concern and a willingness to be helpful.

Rollo May helped introduce existentialism to the United States. He was born in Ohio but was greatly influenced by European philosophers and theologians, particularly Paul Tillich. 

Here’s a look at Rollo May.

New Lecture on Rogers

June 4, 2010

Along with Maslow, Carl Rogers introduced humanism as a reaction to psychoanalysis and behaviorism. Rogers is the father of counseling psychology and co-father of humanism in psychology (with Maslow). Rogers put the focus on the person coming to counseling, not the therapist and his theories. This is real help for real people.

Take a look at the theory of Carl Rogers.

New Lecture on Maslow

June 2, 2010

Humanism was a major reaction to psychoanalysis and behaviorism. And Abraham Maslow was a leader in this 3rd Force of Psychology. People aren’t just bundles of unconscious processes or simply reacting to stimuli and rewards. We’re, for better and worse, human.

Here’s a new lecture on Maslow.

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