What is Positive Existential Coaching?

positive existential coaching, Birkbeck University, 2019

What matters most to people? How can we be happy? What’s the meaning of life? How can we find answers to the big questions in life? In this guest lecture to students of the post-graduate certificate in coaching at Birkbeck University, London, I explain how the science of positive psychology and existential philosophy can work…

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Ontological Coaching with Aboodi Shabi

Ontological Coaching, Talking about Coaching, Aboodi Shabi, Yannick Jacob

Coaching – It’s been taking the world of personal and professional development by storm and has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world with many coaches making six figures and many more struggling to enrol clients and eager to sharpen their skill set. In “Talking about Coaching”, I’m doing exactly what it…

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Positive Psychology for times of crisis and transformation

positive psychology coaching for times of crisis and transformation

Times of crisis affect us and our clients in various ways. Some see opportunity, others struggle to keep their lives from falling apart. Some seem unaffected emotionally and just “deal with it”, while others despair. Some of us “accept the challenge” and find meaning in the suffering, others crumble under the weight of the uncertainty…

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A Positive Existential Perspective on Behaviour Change

Yannick Jacob, Weekend University, Birbeck University lecture

Change is the holy grail of psychology. Sometimes it’s easy. But often, we’re so caught up in our pre-existing patterns, beliefs and habits, that it seems impossible to think or do things differently. We find ourselves riddled by inner conflicts fueled by mutually exclusive desires. We want to lose weight and also eat what we…

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How to love life when life kicks you in the gut

positive existential coaching, happiness

Life gives you lemons and throws you curved balls. The kind of lemons that squirt you right in the eye and the kind of curved balls that hit you straight in the sensitive parts. Life’s a bitch, a dick, an asshole; like “why are you treating me like this?!? Stop!! AAAAaaaaaah! It hurts!” At least…

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