Author(s): James T. Webb, PhD
Many bright idealists find themselves disillusioned in today’s world, and they may experience existential depression as they examine their lives and search for meaningfulness. This book will help such individuals to understand themselves and their struggles. It also includes helpful information and suggestions for actions that disillusioned idealists can use to better manage their feelings and thoughts in ways that will nurture their idealism and provide a sense of satisfaction and contentment. (About the book…)
Upon completing this home study course, you will be able to:
- Acquire information concerning intellectual, emotional, and interpersonal characteristics of gifted, talented, and creative children and adults that increase the likelihood of thoughtful search for life meaning.
- Understand the increased likelihood of idealism, metacognition, intensity, and disillusionment among brighter people, including those considered gifted and talented.
- Understand how such characteristics can prompt enhanced existential awareness and existential depression.
- Be informed about various psychological theorists that are relevant in areas such as personal constructs, building and maintaining illusions, disillusionment, depression, and hope.
- Learn about how Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration and overexcitabilities relate to existential depression.
- Understand various ways in which persons try to cope with their existential issues and search for meaning, including behaviors that are healthier and those that are less healthy.
- Be sensitized to Positive Psychology approaches to self-reflection and behavioral management of one’s self, as well as key aspects of Happiness research.
- Learn practical ways to enhance self-awareness, establishment of meaningful relationship, and hope.
- Be aware of ethical issues that might arise during treatment of existential depression and in helping clients search for personal life meaning.
Course fee does not include the book, which is available from Great Potential Press.
Accredited by: American Psychological Association
Exam details: 9 short answer questions