TS00090 PhD Masterclass

Academic Year 2019/2020

Sometimes external factors stop us from achieving our goals eg. lack of resources, changes in circumstances and plans not working out. However, there is an increasing body of research in the area of self-sabotage or selfhandicapping that shows that there might be internal reasons for stopping ourselves from reaching our goals.

Examples of common self-sabotaging behaviours include procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing. Completing your thesis occurs in a reasonably unstructured environment where much relies on your own initiative and commitment. In this context there is a lot of scope for self-sabotaging behaviours to operate. This intensive program will provide you with an opportunity to explore your own self-sabotage patterns and identify strategies for dealing with them. The course, while having strong theoretical and empirical underpinnings, will be practical and based on helping you to get your thesis finished.

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Learning Outcomes:

This course (2 half day workshops) will give you practical strategies to deal with common problems such as:

- Procrastination, perfectionism, overcommitting
- Writer’s block or putting off writing
- Obsessing over the quality of writing
- Experimenting or reading (for years even) as a way of avoiding writing
- Getting distracted and overcommitting rather than working on the thesis
- Thinking the PhD has to be the best PhD ever
- Not getting help even when stuck or obviously needing it

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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

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Module Requisites and Incompatibles
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