When I decided to take the leap and do an MSc or to become a MAPPster I was fortunate in that I had already been introduced to Positive Psychology in my undergraduate degree. This then shaped my decision very easily as the subject contained so much personal growth potential. The course not only changed my world view, but changed me as a person too. There is so much to love about doing the MAPP course, and of course it is a journey, some of it smooth, some of it bumpy, but change inevitably emerges through new perspective.
Learning about key theories in positive psychology can be a real eye opener, trait theories, heritability factors, happiness set points, resilience and flourishing were for me the big players that dominated my curiosity to learn more. Mindfulness and savouring caught my attention too and were quickly utilised in my day to day experience of ‘being’.
This is such a natural subject to work with, and as we all have the capacity to thrive, growth moves fluidly into the frame when one embraces the work of main theorists in this field. An enduring memory for me of this time was also being lucky enough to attend the World Congress of Positive Psychology in Los Angeles, meeting and listening to some of the major theorists whose work I hold in awe.
A joy to learn about and something which I carry with me in my day to day life toolkit, positive psychology and its application is robust enough to actually bring meaning and spotlight areas as you go. If I could tell you one thing that is guaranteed about taking the MAPP it would be this: as you learn the theories and then put them into practice, you emerge from the course like a butterfly from a chrysalis. It shapes you into the best version of yourself you can be.
My MAPP experience took me to places I didn’t know existed, places that I had no idea I wanted or needed to go, but I am so glad I took the journey.
About The Author: Caralyn Cox is one of the first people in the UK to hold a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from Buckinghamshire New University. Her research interests are savouring and its application, mindfulness and resilience. Caralyn is a wellbeing practitioner and utilises her BSc (Hons) in Psychology with her knowledge base from the MAPP to enable clients to find their best version of themselves through her company ‘Best of you’ life coaching’.
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