Psychology for the Third Age
Coaching psychology encourages lifelong learning which can help us to experience more well-being and how to make the most of our lives in our third age.
1. This group is for U3A members who are interested in studying psychology and its relevance to our lives.
2. We study well-researched psychology books, papers and educational materials, but try not to exclude anyone by making meetings too academic.
3. The group does not offer counselling or therapy and anyone currently engaged in such treatment are advised to consider joining us only after this is completed.
4. Meetings are held in strict confidence to protect any personal information and are restricted to eight members to encourage full participation.
Our group began studying psychology in 2014 with 'The Longevity Project', Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight - Decade Study by Howard S. Friedman PhD and Leslie R. Martin PhD. Hay House. ISBN: 978-1-8485-0431-8
The above lifelong psychological study began in the US in 1921 with 1,528 and carried on for eight decades. One of the purposes of this study was to explore who lives longest and why. The answers surprised us and we recommend this excellent book.
The second book we studied in 2014 is by Professor Martin Seligman one of the founders of Positive Psychology. The name of the book is 'Flourish' A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being - and How to Achieve Them. Published by Nicholas Brealey ISBN: 978-1-85788-569-9.
In this book Professor Seligman outlines a number of exercises and strategies that research has found to be effective in helping people experience more well-being and meaning in their lives. We tried the exercises and they really can help to build well-being. This book is inspiring and everyone should have the opportunity to read it.
In 2015 we studied 'Thinking, fast and slow' by Professor Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate in Economics. Published by Penguin. Hardback ISBN: 978-1-846-14055-6. Paperback ISBN: 978-1-846-14606-0.
This book is all about how we make decisions. Professor Kahneman explains the two systems that we use to think. One system is fast, intuitive and emotional; the second system is slower, more deliberate and more logical. The book is research based and there is good evidence to support his work in decision making.
The two books we have been studying from September 2016 are:
1. 'Mind Over Mood, Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think' by Dennis Greenberger, PhD and Christine A Padesky, PhD. The Guilford Press. (Self help manual) ISBN: 0-89862-128-3
2. 'The Life Project, The extraordinary story of our ordinary lives' by Helen Pearson. Allen Lane, Penguin Random House UK. ISBN: 978-1-846-14826-2.
These lifelong research studies carried out in the UK are especially relevant to U3A members because they began with the birth of over 13,000 babies one cold week in March 1946. Scientists have been studying many of these children through their lives to the present day. They became known as the Douglas babies.
The research findings from these studies have helped to improve our health, the NHS, education and employment which has influenced our lifelong journeys and achievements.
For further information please contact me via the email link above.
Keith Sinden - Group Leader