Why study Values and Principles?
- Understand the importance of values and principles in day-to-day life and more importantly in rOCD recovery.
- Obtain a working knowledge of the different types of materials, structure and principles used in the Better Living with rOCD online course.
This is a downloadable worksheet for the course lesson. It is in PDF format and it has the practical follow-up exercises for the lesson.
What makes values and principles important in our lives?
My battle with rOCD started at the end of 2010. After a year of many lows, different therapists, medication, online research and self-help books, it finally felt like I could breathe again.
Looking back at this period of my life, I realised that two things helped during my recovery process - values and principles. The better I understood these, the better I could apply them in my life. Once I figured out how to apply principles and better stick to my values, the less burdensome rOCD felt. Something magical happened. I started to enjoy my relationship more fully. It was a great journey of discoveries and self-discovery. And still is but in a different way.
Let's start with definitions. According to the Oxford dictionary -
- A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.
- A general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field.
- A fundamental source or basis of something.
- The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
- Principles or standards of behaviour; one's judgement of what is important in life.
A more simplistic definition - I like to think of principles as ingredients for success and values as the reasons or motivations to live these same principles.
Values define who we are or who we want to be. Principles are the pratical applications of those same values and beliefs.
For example, if we believe in Liberty as a Human value then most likely we apply the principle of respecting free agency. In other words, we will not be agents of coercion. At a relationship level, if we value Honesty in our relationships, then we will try to be open with our partners as a principle.
What principles were used in designing this course?
We tried to keep this simple. Great content, great structure and greatly empower.
Principle 1 - Design content for 4 different learning types
- Acknowledge that different people learn in different ways. To help learners achieve more during the course, we have tried to cater for different learning types.
Principle 2 - Help learners build a solid foundation in a structured way
- Good content requires good structure and if this is achieved the results will follow. We believe that a good structure starts by understanding the principles for rOCD recovery rather than providing tools without a context.
Principle 3 - Empower the learner and help them take responsibility for their own recovery
- Putting it simply - we get what we put in. The more mindfully engaged we are in our recovery, the more likely it is that we will recover.
Do you know what is your preferred learning type?
Some lessons will have audio, graphic and/or video content to complement the lesson material. Feel free to try the links below to make sure that your browser will play them!
Hopefully, you have now learned a little bit more about your personal Values and Principles. You might have gained a better idea of which principles might be important in your OCD recovery (see PDF worksheet). The online course is designed around principles that we find important in rOCD recovery (see course outline).
You will have also gained an understanding of how this online course is structured and realized that the lessons have been tailored in bite-sized chunks. The idea is for you to spend 20 minutes every other day working online, in 3 weekly sessions. It is always better to do a little every day and build habits that way rather than trying to do a lot of things sporadically. Slow and steady wins the prize!