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ProAct Psychology Applications was established for one key purpose: to make the knowledge of psychology accessible to everyone anywhere for everyday use to enable more people to benefit from the science of psychology. To be a model of best delivery of psychological knowledge so that you can become the best of yourself who functions efficiently and effectively.

Get to know our courses and learn more about your situation with psychology.

1. What is psychology?


Welcome to ‘What is Psychology?”, a science with many applications and a profession with multiple specialties.


Psychological ideas are very popular in everyday life because the subject matter ofpsychology is people, and thus, ourselves. Psychology helps people because to a large extent, it can explain why people feel and act the way they do.


Because psychology is about people, what they think, feel and act, psychological research and knowledge may sometimes develop from the experiences of people, in otherwise, from common sense. But psychology is not just common sense. Psychology is a discipline,
psychology is a science, and any knowledge and understanding about behaviour, why we think, feel and act the way we do obtained, is evidenced-based and the result of systematic research.


In order to experience the benefit of psychology, we need to know what psychology is and how it can help us. “What is Psychology?” is our obvious first course. It is not an introduction to Psychology, but it maps out the science of psychology and how you and others can benefit from it.


Skills you gain

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Increase your knowledge of psychology and provide you with the tools to think about psychological issues.

  • Describe what kinds of additional information beyond personal experience are acceptable in developing behavioural explanations (i.e., popular press reports vs.scientific findings)

  • Help you think in broader ways, how you understand yourself and others, and begin to understand how you apply psychology in your daily life.

  • Understand the impact of psychology has on society, policy, practice and culture

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2. introduction to cognitive distortions and how to correct them


The cognitive model suggests that the interpretation of a situation (rather than the situation itself), expressed in automatic thoughts or images, influences one’s emotion, behaviour and physiological response.


Remember, the goal of understanding your thoughts is not to ‘think happy thoughts’ but is instead to think accurately. Our thinking can become biased, but it is within our power to change the way we think. Identifying thoughts is the first step in managing our minds. Once we can reliably catch our automatic thoughts we can examine them to see how accurate they
are and how fair we are being with ourselves.


Remember, thoughts may be 100% true, 0% true or somewhere in the middle. Just because you think something, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.


Thoughts are mental cognitions—our ideas, opinions, and beliefs about ourselves, others and the world around us. Thoughts are what we experience in our head, and can come in two different forms: words and images. Thoughts can be positive, negative, or neutral. The average person has somewhere between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts in a day!


When negative or irrational thinking becomes frequent and intense, you might start functioning under false assumptions. These assumptions may affect your mood and behaviours, and in turn, lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The good news is that cognitive distortions can be corrected over time!

In this course, you learn what cognitive distortions are, how they affect you, and how you can correct them.

What you gain from this course


  • Gain the ability to recognise unhelpful thoughts and reframe them to more useful ones instead

  • Recognise that your negative thoughts are rarely accurate

  • Ask yourself questions that will help you to think in more useful ways

  • This will help you to break the cycle of distress in your life experiences

  • Remember, the way we interpret our experiences influences our emotion, behaviour and therefore our physiological response.

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3. the science of decision making: how can i make good and effective decisions?


Every time we eat or drink, we’re making a decision about what to give our bodies. With every decision you take, every judgement you make, there is a battle in your mind - a battle between intuition and logic. And the intuitive part of your mind is a lot more powerful than
you may think.

Our decisions underlie many areas of our lives: how we act on a day-to-day basis, what opportunities become possible for us in the future, even how we think and feel. If you reflect on your own history of choices you will realize that they vary in quality; some are rational and some are not. This is simply because humans are not perfect decision makers, we tend to
think we are. Not only are we not perfect, but we tend to move away from perfection or rationality in systematic and predictable ways.

The good news is that we can overcome our faulty thinking however, rather than providing recipes for effective decisions, my approach is that your decision making will be improved through gaining insight into how you and others decide. Since many decisions are strongly influenced by our perceptions of risk, I also take some time to explore different approaches to
understanding risk. Learning different strategies for improving your decision-making abilities can make it all seem more manageable.

You will learn how to make better and effective decisions in this course.

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