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HSS1005 General Psychology: Home

Course Description

This course provides a broad introduction to psychology – the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Basic terms, influential theories and research methods will be introduced. A wide spectrum of psychological phenomena and topics will be discussed: the nature and history of psychology, its biological foundation, sensation and perception, the brain and states of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, motivation and emotion, social psychology, psychological development, personality, psychological disorders, counseling and psychotherapy, stress and anxiety, wellness psychology, self-esteem, morality, group processes, and organizational behavior. The main purpose of this course is to introduce the science of psychology to students, to broaden their views, to guide them to understand basic psychological phenomena and toward what path to follow should they develop a deep interest in Psychology.

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Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons

This book is a comprehensive overview of the Multiple Intelligences theory. Part One “The Theory” summarizes the original theory and discussed the major ways in which the theory has changed. Other valued human capacities, the way in which a psychological study evolved into a set of educational issues and recommendations, as well as frequently asked questions are also presented. Part Two “Educational Perspectives” focuses on specific educational experiments. Also included is a discussion of the major purpose of education and a detailed proposal for new forms of assessment. Part Three “New Vistas” concerns with societal contexts, the use of multiple intelligences at workplace, and the future of multiple intelligences.

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny

This book shows you Tony Robbins’ most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. Part One “Unleash Your Power” discusses tips on how to take action on decisions that we make, and strategies and techniques for mastering areas of your life. Part Two “Taking Control- The Master System” talks about specific keys, including ultimate influence, life values, rules, references, and identity. Part Three “The Seven Days to Shape Your Life” provides seven principles to apply to your everyday life. Part Four “A Lesson in Destiny” tells the story of the tuna hunt to discuss what one person can do individually.

Emotional Intelligence

This book gives insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny. Part One begins with new discoveries about the brain’s emotional architecture. Part Two sees how neurological givens play out in the basic flair for living called emotional intelligence. Part Three examines some key differences this aptitude for living makes. Part Four shows the emotional lessons we learn as children at home and at school shape the emotional circuits, making us more adept- or inept- at the basics of emotional intelligence. Part Five explores what hazards await those, in growing to maturity, fail to master the emotional realm.

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

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