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Personal Synthesis Model

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All the areas (the topics in the programme) are organised in a model that consists of Self-category, Being category, Doing category, and Social category





The model



The content of PSP

This is the list of all the topics and their short description:

01. Self-awareness: obstacles to self-awareness and methods to overcome them
02. Relating to oneself: acceptance and rejection; guilt and shame
03. Personal change: various stages in the process of intentional change
04. Self-valuation: self-respect, self-esteem, modesty, conceit and vanity
05. Feelings: the purpose; awareness of feelings; how to relate to and affect feelings
06. Emotions: various ways of directing emotional reactions
07. Excitement: the purpose; the ways to control, reduce and increase excitement
08. Moods: the purpose; the relationship between moods and situation; affecting moods
09. Learning: learning styles; the process of learning; retention
10. Reasoning: the types and causes of distorted thinking; objectivity; realistic thinking
11. Creative thinking: fantasy; imagination; factors that affect creative thinking
12. Inner structure: integration and organisation of mental processes
13. Harmonisation: sources and types of personal conflicts; ways of resolving them
14. Stability: consequences of (in)stability; maintaining stability; tension
15. Self-discipline: the purpose; external and internal discipline; developing discipline
16. Development: indicators of development; factors that influence development

17. Courage: the purpose of fear and courage; methods of dealing with fear
18. Confidence: the locus; factors that affect confidence; the level of confidence
19. Anticipatory attitude: negative attitudes (worrying); positive attitudes
20. Security: external and internal sources of security
21. To live: factors that affect the fullness of experience; risk taking
22. Openness: regulation and direction of openness
23. Interest: the importance of interest; dealing with boredom
24. Pleasure: pleasure and happiness; the purpose; the experience of pleasure
25. Relating to death: acceptance and denial; dealing with the fear of death
26. Importance: consequences and factors that affect importance
27. Attachment: attachment, non-attachment and detachment
28. Resilience: denial, suppression, firmness; factors that affect resilience
29. Awareness: factors and characteristics of awareness
30. The past: attachment, blaming, avoiding, facing, accepting the past
31. The future: expectations, hopes, predictions
32. The present: presence; acceptance and rejection of the immediate situation

33. Meaning: purpose and locus of meaning; commitment
34. Freedom: dealing with physical, social and personal determinants
35. Responsibility: developing and the ways of avoiding personal responsibility
36. Decisions: the process; capacities that facilitate decision-making
37. Desires: awareness and modification of desires
38. Aims: the purpose; setting aims
39. Intentions: determination, resistance, persistence, intensity
40. Gratification: denying, delaying and controlling gratification; moderation
41. Strategy: basic strategies: adaptation, confrontation, isolation, avoidance
42. Achieving: analysing situation, preparation, engagement, re-balancing, evaluation
43. Coping: stress and distress; factors that affect coping; forms of coping
44. Control: the purpose of control, types and factors that affect control
45. Motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic; negative and positive; affecting motivation
46. Energy: control, preservation, enhancement and transformation of energy
47. Organisation: innate and imposed order; change; time; planning
48. Performance: features that characterize competent performance

49. Dependence: acquisitional and social dependence
50. Individuality: conformity, copying, self-consciousness, pleasing others
51. Influence: the reasons for accepting influence, types of influence, and the process
52. Belonging: purpose; types of groups; joining a group, group requirements
53. Moral sense: the consequences and development of moral sense
54. Protection: adverse behaviour and response, purpose of protection
55. Relating to others: respect and disrespect, acceptance and non-acceptance
56. Symmetricity: comparing, with others (superiority, inferiority, equality)
57. Appearance: congruence, flexibility, appeal
58. Awareness of others: attention, listening, observation, empathy, assessment
59. Communicating: preparation, flow, maintaining attention, the locus, sincerity
60. Behaviour: regulators of behaviour, congruent behaviour, forms of behaviour
61. Relationship dynamic: initiating relationships, conflicts, ending relationships
62. Intrinsic relationships: reciprocity, openness and trust, care
63. Instrumental relationships: self-benefit, mutual-benefit, others-benefit
64. Intimate relationships: passionate and compassionate intimate relationships.







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Just because, in dealing with entities such as intentions, beliefs, and motives, we are dealing with quality without substance, it does not mean to say that great orderliness is not possible.
John Shotter

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