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Character Strengths And VirtuesFlourishingPositive PsychologyPersonal Development

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11%

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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours per week....

English

Subtitles: English, Japanese

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Character Strengths: One Concept to Rule them All

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
1.2 Module 1 Overview1m
1.3 Assignment: Taking the VIA or reviewing your results51s
1.4 Interview: Paul Rozin on Character Strengths8m
1.5 James Pawelski's Review of Via Character Strengths8m
1.6 Signature Strengths2m
1.7 Disappointment in your Signature Strength47s
1.8 Does the strength seem to fit you?35s
1.9 How can you tell if the strength is authentically you?4m
2 readings
Chris Peterson: What makes life worth living10m
The World Well-Being Project10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 130m
Character Strengths30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Peterson Theory on Psychological Mental Illness as defined as an Excess, an Absence, or an Opposite of a Character Strength rather than by the Presence or Absence of a Symptom in the DSM

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 17 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
2.2 Peterson’s Theory6m
2.3 Assessment of Peterson’s 24 Absence and Opposite of Strengths4m
2.5 Contrasting Strengths Versus DSM2m
2.6 Using Character Strength in a Challenge2m
2 readings
Chris Peterson’s Unfinished Masterwork: The Real Mental Illnesses10m
Which Character Strengths are most Predictive of Well-Being?10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz30m
Excess, Absence, and Opposite in Character Strengths30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Developing a Positive Intervention using a signature strength to bolster a strength absence or strength opposite. Hypothesis & Experiment Design for Personal Positive Intervention

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
3.2 Interview: Picking what works best for you from strengths banquet5m
3.3 Deliberate Practice11m
3.4 Laying the Foundation: Defining Measurement and Testing Happiness and Flourishing3m
3.5 What is a Positive Intervention?4m
2 readings
Articles on Research Methods10m
PERMA overview Well-Being Theory10m
2 practice exercises
Practice quiz on research methods and picking from strengths30m
PERMA, Positive Interventions, Research Methods30m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Putting the Positive Intervention into Action

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 20 min)
8 videos
4.2 Trying the Positive Intervention2m
4.3 Aristotelian Balance2m
4.4 Interview: Using Strengths7m
4.5 Using Signature Strengths Instead of Weakness2m
4.6 Using Signature Strengths over time to Increase Happiness56s
4.7 Assignment: Retaking the PERMA and the PANAS assessment52s
4.8 Closing Thoughts2m
2 practice exercises
Practice quiz on Positive Interventions30m
Positive Interventions, Strengths30m

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About the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application. Course topics include • Positive Psychology: Martin E.P. Seligman’s Visionary Science with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski • Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich • Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman...
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