On July 6 we celebrated the end of Semester 1 with another great series of discussion topics and shared plates of scrumptious morning tea treats. Discission topics are generated from the group on the day. On this, our last day, the topics were as ever thoughtful, insightful, and provocative resulting in discussion that was a combination of deep thought spiced with possible hypothesis and wrapped in lots of laughter and memories.
So, at the end of Semester 1 we bid farewell to some of our psychology buffs (we will miss your input), looked forward to the return of the “delightful die-hards” (thinkers who love a chuckle), and warmly welcome the new Semester 2 members (fear not, you too shall have fun).
The changes include:
- Unofficially renaming the group “Psychology Simplified”. This is an in-house adjustment rather than a website and timetable adjustment for the rest of 2021.
- A mix of content and discussion for each session. The current program dates and locations remain the same. The content will be spread over two sessions to allow more time for discussions ... deep thinking … chuckles … and fun.
- Zoom will replace face-to-face as per the program when we have restrictions banning face-to-face. Face-to-face remains the default aim outside of Covid restrictions.
A thought bubble …. This era is reminiscent of how we embraced voice-only telephones. Ever seen today’s 17-year-olds trying to make a call using a rotary phone? Priceless. ( https://youtu.be/1OADXNGnJok)
Most people in Session #1, being “delightful die-hards”, were familiar with the content. So, we did a quick reminder then settle into rich discussions. Here’s a summary of Session 1 content:
- Community supports – regional and local.
- Aims of the course.
- What the course will not cover.
- Frequently used concepts.
- Theories and theorists.
- What defines a Psychological Theory?
- Theories and measurement.
- Who says? Where’s the proof?
- Methods of Psychological Research.
- Pre and post measurement.
- Schools of modern Psychology.
- Explaining abnormal behavior – and how that has changed over time.
- Diagnostic Statistical Manual #5, the psychologists guide or “bible”.
- Ethics and Psychology - including some shocking examples.
- History of Psychology 387 BC to now.
The 2020 version of the content PowerPoint and handouts can be found at https://u3abenalla.weebly.com/demystifying-psychology/february-an-excellent-start. The 2021 version includes this “rollicking, horse race call” crash course in Psychology in 10 minutes. Secure your seatbelts, please .. (https://youtu.be/vo4pMVb0R6M)
Finally, indulge me while I share something of my gene pool...