I have taught psychology at Conestoga College now for 6 years and before that I worked as a learning specialist in the Disabilities Office. It is my hope that this blog will enhance students’ learning, in what I believe to be a very important discipline – Psychology.
Just look at the key findings that Phillip G. Zimbardo lists that psychology has contributed to our self-understanding to date: a) psychological testing and assessment, b) positive reinforcement, c) psychological therapies, d) dynamic development across the life span, e) parenting, f) self-directed change, g) psychological stress and h) humanizing factory work. Psychology has taught us the ways and means of understanding each other better and how to minimize conflict; it has the potential to provide us with the tools to solve some of the major threats of our times. Resolving crises such as, global warming, the spread of aids and the reduction of violent conflict toward the creation of a compassionate society, will depend to a large extent on our ability to apply what we have learned in psychology. (you can read Zimbardo’s entire article by clicking here.)
We are at an exciting crossroads right now as the Western scientific and the Eastern contemplative traditions begin a dialogue. The fruits of this dialogue are already being gathered as we learn the ways in which “the mind” can shape our brains and our behaviour. The mindfulness movement is a force within psychology that is currently the focus of much interest which we will explore in the courses offered herein.