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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Your Secret Mind: Getting to Know and Living with Your Unconscious
This course will introduce you to the motivational unconscious. Drawing on recent advances in neuroscience as well as insights from psychoanalysis, modern psychiatry has been able to study the motivational unconscious in greater depth. Today, we better understand how unconscious attitudes, motives, and beliefs shape our decisions and everyday experience. In this class, you will learn the science of the unconscious mind and the techniques used to gain conscious access to these psychological processes. You will be introduced to methods of exploring your own unconscious for creative purposes and to help you understand your own habits, reactions, motives, emotions, and thoughts. We will achieve this through a series of in-class exercises that have been proven to be successful. Through a case-based, problem-oriented format used in medical schools, you will be encouraged to use yourself as your own case study by producing your own expressive writing pieces for analysis, keeping a dream journal, analyzing your art preferences, recording your slips of the tongue, and taking a look at your personal memes. Your privacy will be completely protected while performing these in-depth exercises. You will also learn about and have the opportunity to complete psychiatric questionnaires that provide information about your personality tendencies and unconscious psychological processes. When you have completed this class, you will have a foundational understanding of the science of the unconscious mind, you will better understand your own unconscious processes, and you will be equipped with tools to continue your self-exploration. This course will benefit future writers, artists, actors, those interested in psychology and in building their creativity, and those not afraid to look into the mirror.