Developing the Healthy Adult – 8 Week Course (Early Option)
December 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
Join us for this course 8 week meditation course where we will develop our sense of agency (internal locus of control), self-esteem, our tolerance to stress, our metacognitive skills, and positive attachment states.
The intended outcome is to developed those above mentioned qualities. These qualities are the qualities of Schema Therapy’s “Healthy Adult Mode”. Moreover, this course will help you think about and structure your own ongoing personal development. This program is for people who who want to develop their best self and who want greater clarity as to what they want in life.
(This course is being offered twice each week to accommodate people in different timezones. For the later option see here: https://www.mindfuldirectory.org/event/developing-the-healthy-adult-8-week-course-later-option/)
Guided meditation will be the main focus of the program. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and share whatever you feel comfortable with. There will be no pressure to do so; passive participation is perfectly fine.
We plan on running a pilot study on this course. Course participants who sign up before the start date will be given an initial assessment.
That assessment will score:
– Self-directedness (clarity on who you are)
– Self-agency (sense that you can get things done)
– Felt-sense of safety
– Ability to trust
– General baseline mood
– Ease with attachment
At the end of the course you’ll take the same assessment so that you can chart your progress.
There will also be an optional practice pod that you can join with three to five fellow students in the group.
A commitment to a 30 minute daily meditation practice of the preceding meditations assigned in class is part of the course.
Our aim in this 8-week meditation course is to develop the strength of the health adult. The healthy adult can be understood as having two major groupings of positive traits: strength based traits and attachment/connection based traits.
The strength based traits are comprised of (drawing from Jeffrey Young’s ‘healthy adult mode’, Dan Brown’s ‘best self’, and The Third School of Cognitive Therapy’s metacognitive skills):
– Healthy self-definition (knowing who you are and what you are about)
– A well developed sense of agency (internal locus of control)
– Well developed ability to explore
– Healthy self esteem
– Metacognitive skills
– Stress tolerance and emotional self-regulation abilities
The attachment based traits of the healthy adult are (drawing form Brown & Elliott 2016 and the Buddhist Brahma Viharas):
– Love towards self and other
– Compassion towards self and other
– Sympathetic joy towards self and other (delight in others & rejoicing in self’s positive qualities)
– Desire to protect others and expectation that loved ones protect self
– Ability to attune to others and the expectation of attunement from others
– Ability to physically comfort and soothe and expectation to receive the same
– Support of explorations of loved ones and expectation of support from them and getting and giving guidance
– Physical and mental entrainment/synchronization with loved ones which creates a sense of belonging
– Ability to trust
– Practicing generosity
The primary aim of this course is to develop underdeveloped positive qualities instead of correcting neurosis. This course should be understood as focused on doing experiential exercises (meditations) drawn from positive psychology, self-psychology, and attachment theory.
*Note: we will take a break on Monday 26th December. The course will resume as usual the following Monday.