Psychological health is equally as important as physical health. Your mind and your body should not even be thought of as separate, because they are highly interdependent, and both can have a huge influence on your overall wellbeing. But the mind is subjective to each and every person and not always as easily treated when something goes wrong. Therefore, making an effort to maintain your psychological health, even when you are completely healthy, is vitally important. Bad habits and negative thinking can come back to haunt your further down the line.

Like most people, I’ve always been interested in psychology and what makes people tick. When I was an undergraduate student, I consumed many books on the topic and I was an avid reader of the Psychology Today blog. 

I’ve mostly always approached the subject from the Positive Psychology perspective of how I can use this information to improve myself (hence why I have a Positive Psychology module in my Leadership and Management concentration). 

However, when I became interested in the field of neuroscience – that studies the nervous system and the physical mechanisms that empower the brain to generate conscious thinking – I started to take a more general dive into the field and theories of psychology. 

10 Courses

Introduction to Psychology

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Unviersity of Toronto

Started: 10/10/2015

Finished: 09/12/2015

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Foundations of Psychology

Platform: Open2Study

Institution: RMIT University

Started: 05/01/2015

Finished: 03/02/2015

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Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Chicago

Started: 23/02/2015

Finished: 11/03/2019

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Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Birmingham

Started: 27/01/2014

Finished: 13/02/2014

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What is a Mind?

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Cape Town

Started: 11/09/2015

Finished: 07/07/2016

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Social Psychology

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Wesleyan University

Started: 05/06/2015

Finished: 06/07/2016

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The Science of Everyday Thinking

Platform: edX

Institution: The University of Queensland

Started: 22/06/2016

Finished: 11/03/2019

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Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Liverpool

Started: 29/03/2018

Finished: 11/05/2018

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Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The University of Warwick

Started: 13/05/2018

Finished: 01/09/2018

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COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Maudsley Learning & The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Started: 09/06/2020

Finished: 11/06/2020

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6 Books

Freudian Slips: All the Psychology You Need to Know

Author: Joel Levy

Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books Limited

Published: 2013

Started: 31/10/2013

Finished: 03/11/2013

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Subliminal: The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us

Author: Leonard Mlodinow

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2014

Started: 21/05/2014

Finished: 22/08/2014

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The Female Brain

Author: Louann Brizendine

Publisher: Bantam Books

Published: 2007

Started: 31/07/2015

Finished: 21/09/2015

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The Male Brain

Author: Louann Brizendine

Publisher: Harmony

Published: 2010

Started: 21/07/2019

Finished: 21/07/2019

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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Author: Joshua Foer

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2012

Started: 11/06/2018

Finished: 13/11/2018

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Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit

Author: Ian Leslie

Publisher: Quercus

Published: 2012

Started: 15/12/2013

Finished: 11/03/2014

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People are more than the raw products of their biology and are not mere pawns of the vicissitudes of life. People are born as natural learning engines, with highly complex but very receptive brains, ready to understand and then engage with the world. We develop, as a consequence of the events and examples we experience in life, mental models of the world that we then use to guide our thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

Peter Kinderman, The New Laws of Psychology: Why Nature and Nurture Alone Can’t Explain Human Behaviour, 2014:1