Introduction to Psychology Lecture Notes

Week 1. Intro to Course

Week 2. Intro Freud 2017

Week 2. Jung

Week 3 Intro Behaviorism 2017

Week 3. Gestalt 2017

Week 4, Carl Rogers

Week 4. Maslow

Week 5 Social psychology 2017

Week 6 Clinical Model of Mental Health 2017

Week 6 CBT

Week 7 Cognitive Psychology




Introduction to Carl Jung

Here are the slides for the Carl Jung Lecture.

Week 2. Jung

Suggested Reading: Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl Jung.

There are some very good videos on YouTube for those who would like some more insights into Jung’s ideas. Here is one to get you started. They’re on the Academy of Ideas channel.


Here is an interesting video about the Shadow. I haven’t watched it all but it starts off very well. Shadow work is typical of Jungian analysis.


Introduction to Psychology 2017

Here is the PowerPoint from the Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Positive Psychology

Introduction to Psychology.

Here is the TED Talk by Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology. You might like to watch this as an introduction to the positive approach to psychology applied in this course which foregrounds positive developments that contribute to the psychological professions today. The full course in Positive Psychology begins in 2018.


What do we know about love?

Sadly this is a much-neglected topic in Psychology. As you are aware Positive Psychology grew out of a disillusionment with the obsession of early psychologists with unhappiness and mental health problems, to the extent that the focus was more often on how to eliminate unhappiness rather than how to achieve happiness. It’s now well recognised that the ‘alleviation of symptoms of unhappiness’ does not necessarily lead to happiness. An excessive focus on problems is, in itself, a problem. This all means that some of the most important characteristics of being human, like love, sex, spirituality and creativity, are greatly neglected in the empirical and scientific research.

Here are a few online resources that might give you an insight into some contemporary ideas about love.

Psychologist Robert Sternberg’s theory of love.

Sternberg is an expert in the psychology of creativity, human intelligence and problem-solving.

Videos: 1)Helen Fisher TED Talk on Love; 2) Alain de Botton on Love



Positive Relationships is the ‘R’ in PERMA well-being theory. Thus far in the course, we have concentrated mainly on the individual in the sense that our focus has been on emotions and our ability to engage in activities whether alone or in groups. Our ability to engage in activities with other is extremely important from an individual point of view but this says little or nothing about our relationships with others. Our sense of self and our experience of being a person in the world is often very individualistic. Yet none of this would exist without our connections to other.

Relationships start with the relational self and our capacity to relate to others positively. It’s impossible to separate our happiness as an individual from our relationships with other. In this course, the discussion begins to move from the individual to the relational with a look at what it means to have a sense of self. The course outline lists two potential theories of self and as way into discussing personality or individual character on the one hand and some of the theories about the self in the world. I decided to change this class slightly from that listed. Rather than focusing on only two theories I thought it would be an idea to start off with small group discussions about the sense of self and then have a the ideas up on the board that come out of the discussions. I will use the ideas to point to where these ideas come from in theories about self and identity. In this way, everyone can reflect on how they think about the individual and where that fits into the theories of development, of which there are many.

In addition to thinking about the individual self this discussion will also bring out the ways in which the self is embedded in relationships.