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Cognitive Psychology for Positive Mental Health and Wellness

Optimise your mental health and reduce stress by mastering the key concepts of Cognitive Behavioural Psychology (CBP)
Instructor:
Kain Ramsay
5,753 students enrolled
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Perceptions determine behavior, and behaviours determine perceptions.
The application of useful cognitive and behavioural psychology models.
A personal improvement methodology that emphasizes self-awareness.
How to increase the accuracy and efficiency of your thought processes.
A psychology-based approach to making rational and assertive decisions.
How to establish goals and objectives that are defined and measurable.
Learn how to challenge and improve unhelpful behaviors and attitudes.
How to reduce the negative impact of psychological or physical distress.
A model for identifying and solving problems that stem from life stressors.
And much, much more.

A healthy mental state is as important as a healthy physical state. A person is mentally healthy when they are able to recognize their own abilities, efficiently regulate their own behaviour, deal effectively with the stresses resulting from everyday life, and contribute to society. The importance of good mental health cannot be overstated at any stage of life, from childhood to adulthood.

The world system has undergone a profound shift in recent years, with people’s livelihoods and society at large being drastically changed in a variety of ways. The field of Cognitive Behavioural Psychology does not provide people with solutions to the complexities of their everyday lives. But it can provide them with a rationale for initiating significant self-improvement for themselves and also for the communities they belong to.

Most people understand the importance of keeping an open mind. Being open-minded does, however, come with the problem that others will always attempt to impose their ideas upon it. Having an open mind has another inherent problem where some ideas people adopt throughout their lives can sabotage the health of their thoughts, the balance of their emotions, and, as a result, will adversely impact the quality of their lives.

This Cognitive Behavioural Psychology training is not intended to provide you with superficial anecdotes about how you can feel ‘happier’ about how you are currently living your life. The purpose of this training course is to assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, and as a result determine the specific ways in which you can take greater control over your mind, willpower, and how you emotionally manage your life each day.

The following are some of the topics you will learn during this course:

  • The relationship between perceptions and behaviours.

  • A range of cognitive and behavioural psychology models.

  • Self-awareness as a strategy for personal improvement.

  • Enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of your thinking.

  • A framework for making smart and assertive decisions.

  • The role mindset plays in shaping your ability to perform.

In order for the human mind to remain healthy, it needs to be continually exposed to new information and knowledge. Mental wellness is more than the absence of self-defeating beliefs, behaviours, or attitudes: it is fundamental to personal growth. This training is based on a variety of cognitive and behavioural psychology principles, so that you will emerge from the course best prepared to put your new knowledge to good use.

Keeping a healthy mental state is within everyone’s grasp. Throughout life, a person’s mental well-being can change, and it is, therefore, essential to gain a deep understanding of the mind and to develop the discipline needed to manage the challenges of everyday life and achieve meaningful goals. The Cognitive Behaviour Psychology course will help you bring structure to your thinking and self-awareness to all aspects of your life.

In addition to improving your quality of life, this Cognitive Behavioural Psychology (CBP) for Mental Health and Wellness course will also improve your understanding of yourself and the world around you. This unique online training presents a variety of self-improvement strategies for those who want to strengthen how they relate to themselves, eliminate self-doubt, and acquire a renewed ability to interact authentically with other people.

Self-control is an integral component of self-discipline. Therefore, you must be able to control your thoughts before you can positively affect your emotional well-being. It is true that there are many uncontrollable events in life, however, the best years of your life will be those during which you take charge of your own problems. There is no need to blame your government, your economy, or your family. You alone will determine your future.

“The smaller the detail, the greater the value. This course fluctuates between detailed ideas and high-level proposals for heightened states of thinking. I love it!” – Matthew F. Westgarth

This thought-provoking training course is part of a larger curriculum of self-improvement and professional development training courses, designed by Kain Ramsay Ltd, and hosted within the Achology community peer-learning environment. The training course is accompanied by a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you’re not happy with the format, you can get your money back – no questions asked.

Essential Cognitive Psychology Foundations for Mental Health and Wellness

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Welcome to A Cognitive Approach to Mental Health and Wellness

The principles of cognitive behaviour therapy can be very helpful to people who wish to gain a better understanding of themselves and human behaviour in general. The way people think can be changed when they gain a deeper understanding of human cognition and its relationship to behaviour. The video provides an overview of the course and details exactly what you will learn.

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Course Support and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

As you have enrolled in this training course on Udemy, here is a convenient link to Udemy's most frequently asked questions database so that you can make the most of this online training as quickly as possible. This includes article responses to all of the most commonly asked questions that relate to taking a course on Udemy.

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Join the FREE Achology ‘Principles into Practice’ Discussion Group

Would you like to discuss the lessons you are learning in this course?

If so, you are welcome to apply to join the ‘Principles into Practice’ Discussion group.

The Principles into Practice Facebook group was founded in 2016 for the purpose of bringing together link-minded individuals from all around the world who are studying, or who have studied, Kain Ramsay or Achology associated on-demand training courses.

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Cognitive Foundations for a Mentally Healthy Life

Cognitive Foundations for a Mentally Healthy Life

We're only ever one shift in perspective away from understanding something from a very different standpoint. By training our brains, we can develop mature and responsible thinking. In this video, Kain discusses how developing self-awareness about conscious thought and preventing automatic negative thoughts can lead to a healthier outlook and a greater sense of wellbeing.

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A Journey Towards Heightened Self-Awareness

A Journey Towards Heightened Self-Awareness

An indication of whether you would benefit from growing in self-awareness is how well you understand your emotions, actions, and behaviours. People with low self-awareness are often in a constant state of anxiety or anger. Introspection doesn't always lead to greater self-awareness. This video explains each of these four levels of self-awareness through examples from Kain's own life.

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What is Cognitive Behavioural Psychology - And Why is it so Useful?

What is Cognitive Behavioural Psychology?

In Cognitive Behavioural Psychology, the focus is on how thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes influence a person's behaviour and feelings. CBP is a progressive process that offers people a means of taking incremental steps towards changing their behaviour. Kain explains the vicious cycle of self-defeatism that a lot of people go through who don't have self-awareness or haven’t learned to self-regulate.

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Developing the Mind of Wisdom

Developing the Mind of Wisdom

The wise mind is often defined as the merging of the rational mind and the emotional mind. Becoming wise in our thinking involves us learning how to consider both emotions and rationality. In this video, Kain discusses the distinctions between the emotional, reasonable and wise parts of our minds. The Wise Mind is best accessed when we're quiet internally and externally regularly.

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The ‘Cognitive’ Communication Framework

The ‘Cognitive’ Communication Framework

The following framework illustrates how people process information mentally. "Formulation" is the process of placing an individual's experiences within a cognitive behavioural framework. As a result of the cognitive communication framework, it is possible to understand the relationship between our everyday experiences and our internal experiences (thoughts, feelings, habits, etc.).

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Developing Your Cognitive Capacity

Lecture 7 - Growing Your Cognitive Capacity

It doesn't matter whether you believe you can or believe you cannot, either way, you have already made up your mind. In the long run, your mindset will either serve you positively or undermine your decision-making abilities. Kain asks you a series of thought-provoking questions in this video to assist you in considering how flexible or how fixed your current mindset is.

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Unpacking the Human Mindset (Part 1)

Unpacking the Human Mindset (Part 1)

One thing is to become aware of one's default mindset; another is to change it. Kain highlights the nature of the different mindsets we can operate within, as well as some of the costs these mindsets may entail. It only takes one change in thinking to change your experience. Our daily lives are filled with rash decisions without careful consideration of the consequences.

This video is part 1 of 2.

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Unpacking the Human Mindset (Part 2)

Unpacking the Human Mindset (Part 2)

One thing is to become aware of one's default mindset; another is to change it. Kain highlights the nature of the different mindsets we can operate within, as well as some of the costs these mindsets may entail. It only takes one change in thinking to change your experience. Our daily lives are filled with rash decisions without careful consideration of the consequences.

This video is part 2 of 2.

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What You're Really Made Of?

What You're Really Made Of?

It is unlikely that Sigmund Freud invented the idea of the conscious and unconscious mind. However, he was certainly responsible for popularizing it, and this was perhaps one of his greatest contributions to psychology. In this video we discuss the conscious mind, all the cognitive processes of which we are aware, and also all of the mental processing people do that happens 100% unconsciously!

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The Distinction Between Fixed & Growth Mindsets (Part 1)

The Distinction Between Fixed & Growth Mindsets (Part 1)

What effect does our perception of ourselves and our abilities have on our attitudes and actions? It affects how we feel, how we behave, and whether we develop good habits. A growth mindset believes that you can learn and develop over time. If you have a fixed mindset, you believe intelligence is fixed; therefore, if you are not good at something, you believe you will never become good at it. In this video, we compare and contrast these two mindsets.

This video is part 1 of 2.

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The Distinction Between Fixed & Growth Mindsets (Part 2)

The Distinction Between Fixed & Growth Mindsets (Part 2)

What effect does our perception of ourselves and our abilities have on our attitudes and actions? It affects how we feel, how we behave, and whether we develop good habits. A growth mindset believes that you can learn and develop over time. If you have a fixed mindset, you believe intelligence is fixed; therefore, if you are not good at something, you believe you will never become good at it. In this video, we compare and contrast these two mindsets.

This video is part 2 of 2.

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A Closer Look at the Fixed Mindset

A Closer Look at the Fixed Mindset

The fixed mindset views characteristics like intelligence or talent as permanent traits. People spend their time documenting rather than developing these traits. In this video, Kain highlights some of the attributes of a fixed mindset so you can find any areas where your mindset might be problematic.

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A Closer Look at the Growth Mindset

A Closer Look at the Growth Mindset

There is a notion that what we believe or how we feel is a choice. As the old saying goes, no one can get inside our heads nor damage us emotionally unless we allow them to. In this video, Kain unpacks a growth mindset's traits, allowing you to identify areas where you can hone your growth mindset.

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Evaluating Your Relationship with the Truth

Evaluating Your Relationship with the Truth

People tend to prioritize happiness before truth in life, not understanding that it is only through embracing the truth of one's existence that one can begin to experience inner peace and contentment (which are much more fulfilling than temporary happiness - which always disappears tomorrow, or the next day, or the next day). In this video, we discuss the eternal value of becoming a student of truth.

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Understanding the Mind's Cognitive Process

Understanding the Mind's Cognitive Process

What is the process by which humans experience the world and themselves? Many of our life experiences have an external, observable component. Our goals and interactions with others are oriented toward our environment. In this video, Kain discusses how we can increase our effectiveness and productivity by understanding the various aspects of our cognitive experience.

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Translating your Ideal Scenarios into Tangible Reality

Translating your Ideal Scenarios into Tangible Reality

In the end, behaviour matters more than intellect alone because it's only actions that generate our outputs in life. Improvements in mental health and wellbeing are a result of actions people take. Self-awareness can positively influence human behaviour, which results in measurable improvements in performance. An ideal life outcome often depends on a mixture of cognitive and behavioural factors.

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The Circle of Concern - Vs - The Circle of Control

The Circle of Concern - Vs - The Circle of Control

According to the "Circles of Control, Influence and Concern" model, if we cannot control something, don't get upset about it, and if we cannot control something, don't focus on it or get upset about it. Healthy perspectives involve focusing on what we can change, not on what we cannot. Our lives will remain disempowered as long as we are swayed by things outside of our control. In this video, Kain discusses the circles of concern and control - and just see how they might be relevant to your life!

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End of Section One Check-In.

End of Section One Check-In. During this video, Kain proposes a series of self-reflection questions that you can ask yourself to help you contemplate the central ideas you have studied so far in this section of the course.

Principles of Cognitive Behavior for Active Self-Management

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The Foundational Assumptions of CBP (Part 1)

The Foundational Assumptions of CBP (Part 1)

Principles that form the foundation of cognitive behavioural Psychology have been drawn from wise life principles, relational experiences, and natural laws. These are the Positive Foundational Assumptions of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology. Besides offering useful people skills and goal-setting processes, CBP offers a way of thinking that is useful for people of all walks of life. This video is part 1 of 2.

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The Foundational Assumptions of CBP (Part 2)

The Foundational Assumptions of CBP (Part 1)

Principles that form the foundation of cognitive behavioural Psychology have been drawn from wise life principles, relational experiences, and natural laws. These are the Positive Foundational Assumptions of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology. Besides offering useful people skills and goal-setting processes, CBP offers a way of thinking that is useful for people of all walks of life. This video is part 2 of 2.

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A Foundation for Accurate Self-Definition

A Foundation for Accurate Self-Definition

Even though we all want to be honest, transparent and authentic with the other people in our lives, low self-esteem and low confidence can sometimes undermine our best intentions. There is great importance to developing a set of strong foundations for authentically defining yourself, and in this video, Kain provides some practical insights into how you can begin to accomplish this.

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Moving From Experience to Ideas

Moving From Experience to Ideas

According to John Locke, human knowledge comes from experience. He holds that all knowledge is constructed from ideas (think of ideas as atomic building blocks and knowledge as the structures we create out of them). In this video, Kain explains how all of the knowledge we possess (including our evaluations and world views) can be accounted for by accounting for the origin of our ideas.

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Insight: The Four Categories of Truth

The Four Categories of Truth

As we grow, we gain more maturity, decisiveness, integrity, and strength as we shed the limiting ideologies we formed about ourselves during our younger and "less informed" years. How do you define truth? Answering this question is both interesting and challenging. It is possible to distinguish several different definitions of truth. In this video, Kain outlines the four different categories of reality.

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Understanding Cognitive Biases (Part 1)

Understanding Cognitive Biases (Part 1)

Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman introduced the term cognitive bias in 1972. A cognitive bias is a systematic error in thinking that occurs when people are processing and interpreting information in the world around them and affects the decisions and judgments that they make. In this video, Kain explains five types of cognitive bias'. This video is part 1 of 2.

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Understanding Cognitive Biases (Part 2)

Understanding Cognitive Biases (Part 2)

Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman introduced the term cognitive bias in 1972. A cognitive bias is a systematic error in thinking that occurs when people are processing and interpreting information in the world around them and affects the decisions and judgments that they make. In this video, Kain explains five types of cognitive bias'. This video is part 2 of 2.

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Inductive Vs. Deductive Thinking Patterns

Inductive Vs. Deductive Thinking Patterns

Sometimes we think too highly of ourselves, and other times, we think too little. Life is all about finding that balance. In this video, Kain sheds light on two distinctive thinking styles: deductive and inductive. He then goes on to propose a more robust thinking style we can foster in life.

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The Beliefs and Results Cycle

The Beliefs and Results Cycle

Belief cycles connect belief, action and results. The cycle dictates that the life results we achieve are directly proportional to the actions we take. We take actions based on the belief we have in our potential. In this video, Kain explains the beliefs and results cycle, which explains that people act in accordance with their beliefs about them and what they're capable of.

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Perception: The Map is Not the Territory

Perception: The Map is Not the Territory

The distinction between a map and a territory made its debut in Alfred Korzybski's 1933 seminal work, Science and Sanity: An Introduction to General Semantics. Maps are limited and do not represent the territory accurately. The interpretations and beliefs that we have come to believe to be true are also limited and are not accurate depictions of reality. Kain explores these ideas throughout this video.

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Cognitive Maturity for Accurate Judgement

Cognitive Maturity for Accurate Judgement

Reality is the state of things as they are. When it comes to our identity, we have many snapshots, memories and perceptions of who we are - or the labels that others have placed on us; but these aren't necessarily 'reality'. In this video, Kain differentiates between experience, reality, perception, focus and perspective. He shares a story to help us better understand that our perception is very rarely the reality in actuality.

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The Battlefield of the Human Mind

The Battlefield of the Human Mind

Our minds are where we wage our war. It is also the place of our victory. Thoughts become arguments, and arguments become strongholds. The meaning we assign to a situation, or circumstance can change how we perceive it. By changing our perception, we will change our way of seeing, feeling and reacting to something. In this video, Kain discusses these ideas in greater detail.

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Cognitive and Emotional 'Time Travel'

Cognitive and Emotional 'Time Travel'

It is our interpretation of our past experiences that shape our experience of the present and our expectations of the future. In the absence of a clear understanding of how our focus determines how we feel today, we have no hope of managing our emotions. Throughout this video, Kain explains a model that can help you make sense of your own emotional experience of life.

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Patterns of Highly Unhelpful Thinking (Part 1)

Patterns of Highly Unhelpful Thinking (Part 1)

The greatest problems people commonly face are linked to the accuracy of their thinking when it comes to interacting with people. The quality and accuracy of the way you think will directly affect your relationships with other people. In this video, Kain outlines twelve patterns of unintelligent thinking and gives a few examples of each to facilitate your understanding. This video is part 1 of 2.

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Patterns of Highly Unhelpful Thinking (Part 2)

Patterns of Highly Unhelpful Thinking (Part 2)

The greatest problems people commonly face are linked to the accuracy of their thinking when it comes to interacting with people. The quality and accuracy of the way you think will directly affect your relationships with other people. In this video, Kain outlines twelve patterns of unintelligent thinking and gives a few examples of each to facilitate your understanding. This video is part 2 of 2.

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The Socratic Sensible Questioning Method

The Socratic Sensible Questioning Method

Socratic questioning refers to the process of asking questions in order to stimulate critical thinking and reflection. A Socratic question is a type of open question in which people are invited to evaluate the accuracy (and correctness) of their thinking. In this video, Kain discusses the various Socratic questions we can ask ourselves in order to challenge negative attitudes and perspectives.

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Solid Grounds for Emotional Stability

Solid Grounds for Emotional Stability

Stability of mind is an excellent trait to develop. Generally, it refers to the ability to endure difficult circumstances and handle challenges, as well as remain fruitful and capable in spite of difficult circumstances. We can gauge the maturity of our character by how emotionally and behaviorally stable we are. Kain explains the perspective that’s required for sustainable emotional stability.

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End of Section Two Check-In

End of Section Two Check In

The purpose of this video is to provide you with a set of questions that you can use to think about the central ideas and teachings you've discovered throughout the training course so far.

Practical Applications and Implications of Heightened Self-Awareness

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Developing Character and Cognitive Maturity

Developing Character and Cognitive Maturity

Self-development involves educating yourself consciously in a wide range of life areas. Growing as an individual means enhancing skills, abilities, and knowledge in order to realize one's potential and meet one's personal goals. Some people wait until they are on the brink of ruin before they commit to working on themselves. With this video, Kain explains the journey to becoming a mature individual.

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Some People Need you to NOT Grow!

Some People Need you to NOT Grow!

Some people are not interested in your growth or development as an individual. Many people will not want to see you grow - personal development disturbs those who live complacent lifestyles. There are some parents who would rather their children remain children. Some people would rather diagnose than understand you. In a video, Kain discusses hard truths that may be upsetting to some viewers.

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The 7 Levels of Cognitive Growth and Development

The 7 Levels of Cognitive Growth and Development

Changing your attitudes, traits, and habits (e.g. becoming more patient, understanding, and assertive) is one way of becoming a better person. Personal growth is a process. People who live their lives from the perspective of being victims can be overwhelmed by feelings of helplessness, victimhood, and apathy. Here, Kain provides an explanation of how personal growth naturally occurs.

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The Eleven Ways of Handling Problems

The Eleven Ways of Handling Problems

Life is never problem-free. Many problems can be solved quickly and without too much hassle. We either come up with a quick solution or use a strategy that worked in the past. An important distinction exists between problems that can be solved (with a process) and relationship tensions that must be managed. This video outlines the approaches you can take to tackling problems.

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The Seven Decisions of Sensible Character

The Seven Decisions of Sensible Character

Life has seven choices that allow us to develop strong character, mature, and live in alignment with our true selves. Either we can make wise decisions that reflect our long-term life goals, or we can make decisions based on receiving instant gratification today. Throughout this video, Kain offers seven examples of ways each of us can use maturity and character to guide our lives.

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The Seven Decisions: Self-Reflection Questions

The Seven Decisions: Self-Reflection Questions

As we choose to live our lives based on these choices of maturity and character, we naturally and positively influence those around us. Please take the time to review these choices of maturity and character by answering the following questions;

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The Albert Ellis Ideology - Vs - Medical Diagnosis

The Albert Ellis Ideology - Vs - Medical Diagnosis

The medical model promotes the diagnosis of everyday emotional and behavioural phenomena. It's prevalent with young people who are labelled as 'damaged goods' as they grow up. According to Albert Ellis, the mental diagnostic model lacks compassion because it fails to recognize the concerns that people naturally have. Kain explains this idea and discusses other aspects of Ellis' philosophy.

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Decision Making: The Head, Heart & Gut Approach

Decision Making: The Head, Heart & Gut Approach

People waste years of their lives pursuing empty goals, unaware of why they feel so disenfranchised and unfulfilled. This video discusses a cognitive approach that is useful for evaluating the congruence and value of the goals and values that you prioritise in your life.

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A Useful Model for Goal Setting

A Useful Model for Goal Setting

Kain discusses the four categories of goals we can pursue in life: life vision, long-term goals, medium-term goals, and short-term goals. Those without a life vision can spend a lifetime going around in circles. A vision must be inspiring for us in order to inspire us to act. Unless we have a clear plan and sense of direction for our lives, we could end up following someone else's plan instead.

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A Guide to Establishing Positively Framed Goals

Establishing Positively Framed Goals

If you set yourself goals, you need to be motivated to attain them; that requires that they are important to you and that they are well worth achieving. People often do not understand the difference between framing goals as positive outcomes or negative outcomes. The key to achieving goals is to set goals that relate to your highest priorities. In this video, Kain demonstrates how to set inspirational goals.

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A Strategy for (just about) Anything!

A Strategy for (just about) Anything!

A single strategy is all it takes to accomplish anything or transform any area of our lives. Obtaining a strategy is one thing, executing it is another. A person does not need to know how to do something in order to be able to do it. A person's 'ability' is as flexible as their willingness to learn and adopt new strategies. Here's a demonstration of Kain's master strategy for learning ALL strategies.

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Albert Ellis' Recommended Reflections

Albert Ellis' Recommended Reflections

The best years of your life are the ones in which you take responsibility for your problems. You do not blame them on your mother, the environment, or the president. Your destiny is in your hands. During this thought-provoking video, Kain discusses a few of Albert Ellis' ideas and suggestions that wrap up the course by stressing that responsibility empowers us to take control of our lives.

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End of Section Three Check In

End of Section Three Check In. Kain outlines a series of self-reflection questions in this video that you can use to consider the main ideas and lessons you have learned in this section (and throughout the entire course).

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For Further Studies: Recommended Book Reading List

For Further Studies: Recommended Book Reading List

Our time together comes to an end with this penultimate video of our Cognitive Behavioural Psychology for Mental Health and Wellness course. Kain will share with you some final thoughts regarding your future CBT related applications and some additional book recommendations.

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Graduation and Closing Thoughts

Graduation and Closing Thoughts

Kain explains a few of his other online training courses (personal growth and Achology certified) in this final video that you may find useful in your continuing education. In concluding this course, he shares one last narrative for your consideration.

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