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Christmas 2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016

Christmas 2015 For past readers of my annual holiday note, this year’s letter will be different from all those of the past.  No travelogue; no ‘I went here and I went there, bla bla, bla’.  I’ve taught a Washington University course on introspection and reflection for the past 17 years and I thought I would share a rough transcription of the last ten minutes of this class.  Apologies that it’s a little long. “We began this course with Viktor Frankl and his life in a concentration camp, from his famous book Man’s Search for Meaning. I would like to end the course on a personal...

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Positive Psychology

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014

Syllabus Seminar in Positive Psychology Psych. 367 Spring 2008 Randy Larsen Glenn Detrick Room 206 Psychology Bldg. Whispers Lounge rlarsen@artsci.wustl.edu Glenn@webebi.com Office Hours: Wed. 3-4:00, & by appt. Tu/Th 2:00-2:30, & by appt. Format of Course: This course will be conducted as a seminar. We will avoid lecturing and will instead encourage discussion. After the first full week in most weeks we will fall into a routine where the Tuesday class is devoted to discussing the readings and the Thursday class is devoted to discussing the exercise and the papers you wrote. This...

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Self Discovery/Life Skills

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014

Self Discovery/Life Skills Winter Term 2006 GST 337 Retrospective Background This class met three hours a day (1:30 – 4:30 pm) from January 3 – 24 (14 class sessions plus a final exam period) with 26 juniors and seniors at Elon University in North Carolina. The course syllabus, student data sheet (collected and discussed in individual meetings with each student prior to the second class meeting) and final examination are attached for reference. The course was conceived and offered by Glenn Detrick who, with thirty years of experience in higher education, felt that universities did...

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Course Themes

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

Course Themes A Retrospective of Ideas to Consider U87 – 435 1. Choice.  You choose your attitude – and you can choose to be positive 2. Perspective (remember Viktor Frankl.  And you think YOU have problems?) 3. Stay focused 4. Response Ability and Accountability (to yourself as well as others) 5. Empathy and Active Listening – keys to interpersonal effectiveness 6. DO IT!  (Don’t just hope/wish/want it to happen) 7. Let go (of the past; and/or negativity toward others) 8. Empowerment: You are in charge and control of you (but no excuses) 9. Create yourself (as well as discover...

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

By Sogyal Rinpoche, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama 1. Death is a natural part of life, which we will all surely have to face sooner or later. There are two ways we can deal with it while we are alive. We can either choose to ignore it or we can confront the prospect of our own death and, by thinking clearly about it, try to minimize the suffering that it can bring. However in neither of these ways can we overcome it. 2. Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about it. 3. Our state of mind at the time of death can influence the quality of our next rebirth. 4. No less...

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