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Facing the Day with Energy
What is energy and where does it come from? Start your course by thinking about the emotional and physical inputs--from good self-care to living a purpose-driven life--that contribute to vitality. Then try your first exercise to become more aware of your body and the signals it is sending you.
Alcohol - Social Lubricant or Drug of Abuse?
Part of the Series: The Addictive Brain
Alcohol is often discussed separately from other drugs, but as you'll discover in this lecture, alcohol affects the human body in many of the same ways. Take a close look at your brain on alcohol to explore dependence, withdrawal, and genetic susceptibility. Then review several treatment options for alcohol abuse.
Cognitive Behavioral Foundations
Begin by meeting Dr. Satterfield's patients--Carol, Michael, and Maria--each with something in their lives that could be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You will follow these patients throughout the course as you learn the basics of CBT, including how you can train your brain to improve motivation, management of…
Body: Attending to Our Physical Natures
Building on your work with mindfulness practice, learn another technique that augments and supports meditation. The body scan directs focused attention to different areas of the body, promoting deeper sensory awareness, relaxation, and concentration. With Professor Muesse's guidance, experience a 20-minute body scan meditation, a fundamental practice of self-compassion.
Treating Depression
Identify the nine hallmark symptoms of depression, then use the CBT triangle to describe the three downward spirals that contribute to a depressive episode. Observe as Dr. Satterfield walks Maria through tools to help her alleviate her depression, and learn how you can apply these same techniques to lift your…
Autism is a World
She is her own worst nightmare. When you meet Sue, she does not make eye contact. She does not offer to shake your hand. She may fixate on the buttons of your shirt, but cannot say your name. Sue Rubin has autism, a complicated disorder that causes her to act…
The Addictive Brain
Addiction touches us all. What happens when your brain is on drugs? Discover the neural mechanisms that underlie the behaviors of addiction, and see how drugs and activities like gambling can hijack the brain and lead to behavioral problems. Understanding addiction can motivate an addict to seek treatment, and can…
The Hidden Face of Suicide
An award winning documentary that enters the world of survivors, those who have lost loved ones to suicide, and reveals their remarkable stories. Looking for the story behind the silence in her own family, Silverman sets out on a journey of understanding and transformation. Using masks, the survivors find a…
"Your laugh would always make me happy," the young man whispers to his aged grandmother, Peege, who, now blind and helpless, seems almost to be awaiting death. This touching, poignant film portrays a family's Christmas visit to their grandmother, a patient in a nursing home, and their sense of despair…
Mindlessness: The Default Setting
Do you control your mind, or does your mind control you? Investigate how the mind operates and the condition of mindlessness: the pervasive swirl of thoughts and judgments that separate you from the world around you. Consider the possibility of cultivating the mind in ways conducive to deep well-being for…
The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
In this astonishing look at the wide-scale adoption of mindfulness techniques into mainstream psychology and healthcare, study the brain science underlying these traditional wisdom practices and experience their extraordinary effects in your own life.
Position: Where to Be for Meditation
Now learn about the most beneficial physical conditions for your meditation. First, consider the time of day and the physical setting that will best serve your practice. Then, study the most effective sitting postures on the floor, cushions, or chair and the optimum alignment of the body for mindfulness meditation.