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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Psychology of Personal Growth

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via edX


Want to learn about how you become who you are, but not sure where to kick off that journey? This is a fantastic course for you.

This course covers important factors influencing your personal growth (i.e., how you grow by exposing yourself to new experiences). We discuss personality and emotion, romantic and intimate relationships, as well as the interplay between culture and these factors on your growing up. In the course, we allude to the findings pertinent to the Chinese samples.


Module 1: Introduction to Psychological Adjustment
Module 2: Understanding Yourself
Module 3: Exploring Your Emotion
Module 4: Romantic Love and Culture
Module 5: Intimate Relationships

Taught by

Michelle YIK


4.6 rating, based on 65 Class Central reviews

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  • Troyce Phillips Tollison

    Troyce Phillips Tollison completed this course, spending 35 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am 88 years old and have not taken a test in years.
    I thought, when I got beyond my freight, somewhat, that the Course was just what I was looking for.
    I am persuaded that seniors should take courses to prevent old age diseases. Yes! They make one feel alive and worth something. All is not lost.
    This course was most interesting and it proved a point of concern
    I made it!
    I am still alive and not old and senile. I am ready to take another next fall. I must play with my flowers this summer. I am a Poet also. I will have to give that some time also.

    Thanks for allowing me to take the course.

    I hope I passed.
  • Godwin Richardson
    I am more than happy to take up a course in personal psychology to enhance in my personal upcoming of my life for I have missed alot since I was a child which was affected due to my environmental background .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed taking this course with professor MichelleYik. She explained all the concept in an excellent , professional and enthusiastic way.
    I learned a lot about the effect of cultures on our personal growth and on our understanding of the world around us. I was able to see the difference between the western culture and the Chinese one, and I tried all through the course to analyse my personal growth from different perspectives.
    What I liked the most is the analysis of Love, through the Sternberg Triangular Theory of love. It is really very interesting . Thank you Professor Michelle for this wonderful course. You mentioned in the conclusion that you will preparing more courses, I will be looking forward to that..
  • Anonymous
    I do appreciate the time , energy, consideration, and planning , expression, resources and for Michelle Yik, (Professor). Also for the lessons on Chinese culture, deepen my awareness.

    The course was an enlightenment, it was so close to home, I was afraid of the outcome but as I do my best, things I admire in others, and my self unfold in the lectures, that gives me clarity even from among other cultures I would say the course was an enlightening experience, uplifting, and meaningful, presentation was also an overview of what she shared as part of her culture .this should be respected, my opinion thank you.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I did not learn what I expected from the course, but what I did learn made it all worth it. It felt kinda slow in the beginning, but it's only because she needed to explain how psychologists study human behavior, which proved to be very interesting. A lot of it was comparing many characteristics of chinese culture with the western world which deepened my understanding. A varied curriculum and perfect pace, as well as supplementary material provided by the instructor and discussion topics and clarifications made it more engaging. Would recomend.
  • Anonymous
    the course is useful in understanding relationships be it personal, social or professional leading to introspection of your own self and thereby helping in personal growth.
  • Anonymous
    this course hurt my feelings as i felt it was personally attacking me. it was talking about love which i no longer believe in as my heart is broken. thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I expected it to be more focused on the psychological aspects of human on perception of growth, technicalities and mechanics of perceiving personal growth. Which factors govern the idea of personal growth or which improves the personal growth are not discussed. The course focuses more on the idea of emotion and more strongly on love. Courses is emphasized on Chinese culture, but instead of culture differences, I was more focused on learning the clinical aspects of psychology behind personal growth. Thank you.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    the information and the way it is given is very clear. the lectures are not long. so you need not much time to finish one. the time is right good enough. the lecturer is very friendly. and it was a pleasure to listen to her.
  • Anonymous
    this course is truly amazing! i'm not expecting a lot to this course, but when I start to watch the first module, i was enjoyed it! thank you for making this course very insightful for everyone who didn't know nothing about psychology. thank you for michelle and the hong kong university
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    Sabiha Miftah
    It was very good courses. I just find out how develop my personality and others person personalities.
  • Jenn Shelton
    Michelle is an excellent professor. I really enjoyed her course, as she explained concepts clearly and integrated a lot of personal experiences throughout the lectures, which created that personal touch to the classes and videos. Learned more about the Chinese view and aspects of personality and love than I did before opting in the class, and made me view other cultures in a different perceptive.
  • Anonymous
    I learned a lot and enjoyed the material and instructor. She was well-versed, engaging, and humorous at times. I like how she included slides, studies, and surveys. This course covered some different material than I expected, but nevertheless I enjoyed it and learning from "class-mates" as well.

  • Anonymous
    The course provides a broad overview on the topic of personal growth, emotion and love in the context of cultures in a simple manner that everyone will be able to understand easily! I learnt a lot about how cultures influence people in the course in a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Anonymous
    Adored this course..really enlighten me to myself and some interesting concepts....very highly recommend.
    I made so many interesting discoveries and would enjoy doing it again with a different subject or other concept.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting topics and discussions, clearly represented. The teacher gives an overview of different questions and perspectives that should be addressed during the analysis of the particular topic, what I find useful.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed this class very much, Professor Michelle Yik is fun an engaging, I look forward for more classes with her. The class was very interesting , the topic is relevant and applicable to the day to day . Thank you!
  • Anonymous
    This course showed me many objective data, survey report about cultural impact on love and personal growth. 'The triangular theory of love' is my most favorite part in this course. It lets me know more about love.
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    Rashi Rajput

    Rashi Rajput completed this course.

    It was good over-all but become vague at some points .
    At later parts it was more oriented towards Chinese culture therefore it was not much easily related to the people of different countries and cultures. Also the course is finished now therefore some of assignments are not available.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is useful as a part of psychology. I would advise it to those who considers psychology as his/her future. By completeting this course there is a better undertanding of the matter . once completing it up, it is easier to understand if you want to go forward with this science, is it interesting for you?

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