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Personal Synthesis

The materials presented here are grouped in four categories. Each category includes 16 areas (topics). Introduction to Personal Synthesis, the map, and the first area in each category are FREE – check them out!

If you find materials interesting and useful you can purchase the access to one of the categories or to all of them. This will also give you access to recommended reading and films for each topic in that category, and allow you to download all the materials as a PDF file.

If you purchase the access to the whole Personal Synthesis you will get additional bonus materials that include the exercise toolbox as well as an extra overarching area that is not included in the map.

Introduction

The amount of knowledge we have at our fingertips is amazing.

You may know about evolution and creation, who won at Waterloo or figured out E=mc2, the names of footballers and politicians, how to drive and use the computer… but how much do you know about the areas of life that make up your everyday experience?

This is what you can find here:

  • how to handle emotions
  • make decisions
  • overcome fears
  • cope with challenges
  • communicate effectively
  • form and sustain relationships, and much more

Following materials provide the essential knowledge about all basic areas of human life. These areas are also organised in a map that shows the relationships and connections among them (hence the word ‘synthesis’ in the title).

The Map

Life experience is very complex and diverse. So, how can a model that may have a practical use be created?

Obviously, this complexity needs to be somehow simplified without losing its essential elements. One way of doing this is to locate common denominators of our experience, the underlying building blocks that life events are made of (for example, feelings, thinking, decision making, motivation, basic types of relationships etc.). This has several advantages:

  • First of all, there are a limited number of such basic areas (whereas there is an unlimited number of life situations and experiences that combine them), so it is manageable.
  • We cannot deal successfully with complex issues if their underlying components are not addressed. Take, for example, smoking. Developing this habit depends on many factors such as our relationship with pleasure, self-discipline, susceptibility to influence, stability, gratification and so on. If there is just one weak link, it is unlikely that one can be in control of the habit.
  • Finally, these basic areas enable endless combinations that can be applied in any situation, so everybody can use them in a way that fits his or her personality and circumstances.

Several criteria are used to locate these areas. They are all:

  • Universal: they need to play a role in our lives regardless of culture, faith or gender so that they are relevant to everybody.
  • Irreducible: they cannot be reduced to each other. This helps with keeping their number manageable and avoiding overlaps.
  • Transferable: the knowledge and skills associated with them can be applied in a wide range of situations.

These areas, of course, do not exist independently; they relate to each other. So, in addition, each of them must have its place within an overall structure – a map of the territory. The explanation of how such a map can be created may seem in some places a bit complicated, but it is worth persisting. Understanding the map will enable you to be more creative in using it and to discover connections that are meaningful for you.

… or click on the individual area of the map to access the materials

Copyright

PWBC (Personal Well Being Centre)
United Kingdom

Copyright

PWBC (Personal Well Being Centre)
United Kingdom

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