PSY 06 — How to Think Like a Shrink
This discussion-based course will consider foundational questions in several areas of study: How do our early experiences in relationships affect the ones we create later? What good might come from anger, sadness, or guilt? Why are we more likely to segregate and point fingers when we are afraid? Through engaging weekly projects, students will be invited to become detectives in their own lives to uncover layers of psychological phenomena in both personal and public spheres. By the end of this journey, students will emerge with a newfound appreciation for the complexity of their minds, a richer comprehension of the psychology behind everyday life, and a fresh perspective on personal relationships, group dynamics, and the tapestry of human experience.
This course will offer a chance to map the intricacy of our feelings and thinking minds; it is not a course on mental health, nor a place to get therapy. Students are requested to bring a high degree of honesty, creativity, and interest in the human experience.