The Psychology of Meditation and Well-Being
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This lecture series will introduce participants to the theory and practice of meditation and well-being from a positive psychology perspective. Positive psychology is a relatively new field that focuses on the systematic and scientific study of the conditions under which people thrive. General lecture themes will be the nature of well-being, the conditions for well-being, and exercises for cultivating well-being. Meditation will receive special attention for its wide-reaching benefits and unique advantages. Readings will also be made available to those who are interested. Each lecture will focus on how meditation and well-being relate to topics such as positive thinking, character strengths, meaning, and positive interpersonal relationships. The goal of the series will be to gain a general familiarity with the science and different applications of meditation and positive psychology. More specifically, we will strive to reach two objectives: (1) Participants will be able to speak intelligently to others about what meditation and positive psychology are and what it means to scientifically study them; (2) Participants will know how and when in their own lives to use meditation and related positive psychology tools.
1. Introduction to positive psychology and meditation
2. Happiness and well-being
3. Positive emotions, pleasure, and positive thinking
4. Flow (being in "the zone"), attention, and insight
5. Meaning and values
6. Character strengths
7. Positive interpersonal relationships and positive organizations
8. Growing with meditation and positive psychology
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Matthew Jarman is a research psychologist and postdoctoral scholar in the psychology department at FAU. He has done original research on topics ranging from meditation to creativity and psychological well-being. His expertise in positive psychology goes back to his graduate studies, where he was a student of Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the “father” of positive psychology. Dr. Jarman’s current research explores the wider psychological, behavioral, and social implications of meditation. Outside of research, Dr. Jarman also teaches students and teachers how to apply meditation and other positive psychology techniques to their academic endeavors while enjoying the process.
||1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
||Mondays, September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18, 25
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member