Genius. Talent. Golden Mediocrity

This course is of an applied nature and is oriented to studies in the field of creative life intensification psychology, help with the experience of crises, human potential realization and care.
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About the course
Genius, talent and golden mediocrity are different (perpendicularly oriented) dimensions of human existence. They should be studied coherently with their manifestations. All together they construct a space for creative life, but each taken separately provokes traumatic, devastating and exhausting forms of anxieties. Our course shows how these three dimensions manifest themselves in life and how you can fulfill your genius, abilities, talents more fully and completely.
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We critically examine the manifestations of the studied „dimensions“ (phenomena), in order that by putting off all „the supposed“ we could find specific and inherent meaning. The phenomenological method is to understand and express in simple terms the fundamental structure of creative activity, to express everything that was, that is and that will be important in the psychology of creative life.
Our main objective is a phenomenological description of genius, talent and golden mediocrity as specific dimensions of human life, correction of errors and misapprehensions of common sense regarding these phenomena.

Target audience

  • Professional psychologists
  • Specialists whose activity involves empathy, inspiration, understanding and creating of daily life
  • All who are interested in the topic

What will you learn

  • What it is to be genius
  • The phenomena of mediocrity and talent in a new light
  • Practice various aspects of these dimensions of creativity in your daily life
Authors
Oleg Lukyanov
Head of the Department of Personality Psychology,
National Research Tomsk State University
Anastasia Stipek

Senior laboratory assistant of the Department of Personality Psychology, National Research Tomsk State University

Course program
Welcome to the course
  • Promo video
  • About the university
Genius
This chapter explores the first dimension of creative life : Genius. The topic is discussed in three chapters:
  • 1. Am I a genius? (intonational stress on the word “GENIUS”)
  • 2. I, a genius? (intonational stress on the word “I”)
  • 3. I am a genius! (inspiring statement).

We will study phenomenology of genius, doubts about genius, and misbeliefs. We will explore the concept of genius not only around us, in the world, but of our own genius, the genius we fulfill in ourselves. You will find the answer to the question: “Could it be true that I am a genius?” The third chapter “I am a genius!” concludes the formal examination of genius as a mode of intensive creative life and invites you to focus on confidence in genius, on its assertion rather than on doubts, as we suggest in the first two chapters. Knowing all that you will be ready to start practicing genius in your daily life.

  • Doubts about genius
  • Misbeliefs about genius
  • Phenomenology of doubts about genius
  • Method of worthy doubts about genius
  • Risks of doubts about genius
  • Examples of experience
  • Doubts about your own genius
  • Misbeliefs about your own genius
  • Phenomenology of doubts about your own genius
  • Method of worthy doubts about your own genius
  • Risks of doubts about your own genius
  • Examples of experience
  • Confidence in genius in general and in your own genius in particular
  • Misbeliefs about confidence in genius
  • Phenomenology of confidence in genius
  • Method of confidence in genius
  • Risks of confidence in genius
  • Examples of experience
Talent
This week explores the second dimension of creative life : Talent. The topic is discussed in three chapters:
  • Am I talented? (intonational stress on the word „Talented“)
  • I, talented? (intonational stress on the word „I“)
  • I am talented! (inspiring statement).

In the first chapter, we will discuss doubts about talent. The second chapter in this module is devoted to the way a person experiences talent, talent in life and reveals a surprise — „Could it be true that I am talented?“ The chapter „I am talented!“ accomplishes two cycles of topics about intensive creative life that concern individuality, uniqueness, initiative and primacy. We hope now you pay less attention to other people’s opinions, and the fact that they do not accept you as well as you want does not make you sad. He who has talent and genius in his life is rich. We hope you are becoming richer.

  • Doubts about talents
  • Misbeliefs about talents
  • Phenomenology of doubts about talents
  • Method of worthy doubts about talents
  • Risks of doubts about talents
  • Examples of experience
  • Doubts about your own talents
  • Misbeliefs about your own talents
  • Phenomenology of doubts about your own talents
  • Method of worthy doubts about your own talents
  • Risks of doubts about your own talents
  • Examples of experience
  • Confidence in talents in general and in your own talents in particular
  • Misbeliefs about confidence in talents
  • Phenomenology of confidence in talents
  • Method of confidence in talents
  • Risks of confidence in talents
  • Examples of experience
Golden mediocrity
This week explores the third dimension of creative life : Mediocrity. The topic is also discussed in three chapters:
  • Am I mediocrity? (intonational stress on the word „Mediocrity“)
  • I, mediocrity? (intonational stress on the word „I“)
  • I am mediocrity! (inspiring statement).

We hope by this time you have formed your own opinion about two aspects of creative life that concern individuality, originality, uniqueness and distinctiveness. We proceed to the study of golden mediocrity, to universal, typical, normal and identical. Sometimes this aspect emotionally irritates those people who are not confident in their individuality. However, it is mediocrity that guarantees the majority of things that make our life predictable and comfortable. In the chapter „I, mediocrity?“ we discuss doubts about our own mediocrity. What can we say about the last chapter this week? It is about the use and the danger of mediocrity. We spend most of our time doing mediocre work and thinking mediocre thoughts. It is not bad or shameful to be a mediocrity. However, it is a shame to compare mediocrities. Mediocrity is good for inner use. It is good to hide behind mediocrity. It is convenient to trade in mediocrity. It is important not to confuse it with other dimensions; it should be harmonized with them. This chapter is also the last chapter of our course.

  • Doubts about mediocrity
  • Misbeliefs about mediocrity
  • Phenomenology of doubts about mediocrity
  • Method of worthy doubts about mediocrity
  • Risks of doubts about mediocrity
  • Examples of experience
  • Doubts about your own mediocrity
  • Misbeliefs about your own mediocrity
  • Phenomenology of doubts about your own mediocrity
  • Method of worthy doubts about your own mediocrity
  • Risks of doubts about your own mediocrity
  • Example of experience
  • Confidence in mediocrity in general and your own mediocrity in particular
  • Misbeliefs about confidence in mediocrity
  • Phenomenology of confidence in mediocrity
  • Method of confidence in mediocrity
  • Risks of confidence in mediocrity
  • Examples of experience
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Genius. Talent. Golden Mediocrity
This course is of an applied nature and is oriented to studies in the field of creative life intensification psychology, help with the experience of crises, human potential realization and care.

What will you get

  • 56 lessons with assignments in a chatbot
  • Author’s presentation: simple, clear and with interest in the subject
  • Free schedule: no deadlines and due dates for assignments
  • All materials are available immediately, you can start learning at a convenient time
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  • Certificate of Completion

What will you learn

  • What it is to be genius
  • The phenomena of mediocrity and talent in a new light
  • Practice various aspects of these dimensions of creativity in your daily life
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