Genius. Talent. Golden Mediocrity

About this course

Genius, talent and golden mediocrity are different dimensions of human existence. Our course shows how these three dimensions manifest themselves in life and how you can fulfill your genius, abilities, talents more fully and completely. The course is of an applied nature and is oriented to studies in the field of creative life intensification psychology, help with the experience of crises, human potential realization and care. It may be useful for professional psychologists, for specialists whose activity involves empathy, inspiration, understanding and creating of daily life, and for all who are interested in the topic. The course is made in the popular form of short videos relying on free network resources users.

A phenomenological description of genius, talent and golden mediocrity as specific dimensions of human life, correction of errors and misapprehensions of common sense. We critically examine the manifestations of the studied "dimensions" (phenomena), in order that by putting off all "the supposed" we could find specific and inherent meaning. The phenomenological method is to understand and express in simple terms the fundamental structure of creative activity, to express everything that was, that is and that will be important in the psychology of creative life.

No prior knowledge of phenomenology of genius, talent and mediocrity is needed in order to attend the MOOC. General cultural knowledge, interest in creativity, phenomenology, and psychology is welcome. It is advisable to understand what benefits a person in general and a student of this course in particular to have an access for literary writings, for the environment (online in our case) to meet with people, for travels, for participation in the upbringing of children, etc. We assume that students will be quite tolerant to some uncertainty in the process of clarifying the meanings and fundamentals for the intensive creative life. Our target audience: students of psychology, social sciences, art; professional psychologists; specialists whose activity involves empathy, inspiration, understanding and creating of daily life; everyone who is interested in the topic.

Complete Course outline

GENIUS

Am I a GENIUS?
1.1. Doubts about genius
1.2. Misbeliefs about genius
1.3. Phenomenology of doubts about genius
1.4. Method of worthy doubts about genius
1.5. Risks of doubts about genius
1.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

2. I, a genius?
2.1. Doubts about your own genius
2.2. Misbeliefs about your own genius
2.3. Phenomenology of doubts about your own genius
2.4. Method of worthy doubts about your own genius
2.5. Risks of doubts about your own genius
2.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

3.I am a genius!
3.1. Confidence in genius in general and in your own genius in particular
3.2. Misbeliefs about confidence in genius
3.3. Phenomenology of confidence in genius
3.4. Method of confidence in genius
3.5. Risks of confidence in genius
3.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

TALENT


4. Am I talented?
4.1. Doubts about talents
4.2. Misbeliefs about talents
4.3. Phenomenology of doubts about talents
4.4. Method of worthy doubts about talents
4.5. Risks of doubts about talents
4.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

5. I, talented?
5.1. Doubts about your own talents
5.2. Misbeliefs about your own talents
5.3. Phenomenology of doubts about your own talents
5.4. Method of worthy doubts about your own talents
5.5. Risks of doubts about your own talents
5.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

6. I am talented!
6.1. Confidence in talents in general and in your own talents in particular
6.2. Misbeliefs about confidence in talents
6.3. Phenomenology of confidence in talents
6.4. Method of confidence in talents
6.5. Risks of confidence in talents
6.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

MEDIOCRITY (defined as such: another name for the Golden Mean was golden mediocrity)

7. Am I mediocrity?
7.1. Doubts about mediocrity
7.2. Misbeliefs about mediocrity
7.3. Phenomenology of doubts about mediocrity
7.4. Method of worthy doubts about mediocrity
7.5. Risks of doubts about mediocrity
7.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

8. I, mediocrity?
8.1. Doubts about your own mediocrity
8.2. Misbeliefs about your own mediocrity
8.3. Phenomenology of doubts about your own mediocrity
8.4. Method of worthy doubts about your own mediocrity
8.5. Risks of doubts about your own mediocrity
8.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

9. I am mediocrity!
9.1. Confidence in mediocrity in general and in your own mediocrity in particular
9.2. Misbeliefs about confidence in mediocrity
9.3. Phenomenology of confidence in mediocrity
9.4. Method of confidence in mediocrity
9.5. Risks of confidence in mediocrity
9.6. Examples of experience
Learning activities

Course instructor

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Oleg V. Lukyanov

Oleg V. Lukyanov is a Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology of Personality at the National Research Tomsk State University. He is also a Deputy chief editor of “the Siberian Psychological Journal” and existing member of the East European Association for Existential Therapy (EEAET). He is the author the concept of trans-temporal psychology. His research interests focus on the existential-phenomenological psychology in the social practices and the practices of psychological help. He has authored, directed and supervised a number of researches, educational and social projects to implement the fundamentals of existential-phenomenological psychology in daily life.

Course instructor

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Anastasiia A. Stipek

Anastasiia A. Stipek is a Ph.D. student in Psychology – General Psychology and Psychology of Personality at the National Research Tomsk State University. Her research deals with the evidence based relational models on the effectiveness of helpful psychological processes. She is also an artist, practicing psychologist, consultant, art therapist and a senior researcher of the Department of Psychology at the Tomsk State University. Her research interests focus on phenomenology, existential psychotherapy, pluralistic approach in psychology, psychology of art and creativity.

Course instructor

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Peter J. Mitchell

Peter J. Mitchell is senior lecturer in ELT and translation at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, National Research Tomsk State University, and also associate professor of ELT methodology at Derzhavin Tambov State University. His research interests focus on teaching methodology, translation theory and practice, language and culture. He is also a practicing translator and proofreader, and teacher trainer.

Course instructor

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Ekaterina O. Alekseevskaya

Ekaterina O. Alekseevskaya holds a BA in International Relations from Tomsk State University and a MA in Management from Tomsk Polytechnic University. She is an executive secretary of “the Siberian Psychological Journal”. She also works as a translator from English and Spanish. Her interests focus on literary translation, international communication, psychology, art and folk life culture of Spain and Portugal.

  1. Номер курса

    Gen1
  2. Начало курса

    февр. 01, 2016
  3. Оценка сложности

    3-5 hours/week
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