Finding Peace Among Chaos: The Importance of Perceived Control—July 6, 2020


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Discover how a perceived lack of control can affect your physical and mental health. Learn ways to reduce these perceptions in order to mitigate their negative outcomes.

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Finding Peace Among Chaos: The Importance of Perceived Control

Have you ever felt like your life was out of control? Perhaps it wasn’t your entire life that lacked control, but rather key parts of it? Or maybe you felt you were doing just fine, and then life around you started to spin out of control. Can you relate? The sad reality shows that many people understand this all too well.

Unfortunately, research shows that perceived lack of control can affect a person’s physical and mental health leading to a whole host of problems, including, but not limited to, decreased immune response, slowed healing, headaches, insomnia, low quality of life, depression and anxiety…. and the list could go on. If things seem out of control, does that mean there’s nothing that we can do about it? After all, the term “out of control” seems to imply we have no power to make a change… Or are there things we can do to increase our perception of control, thereby reducing these negative outcomes?

In this workshop, we will explore not only how perceived lack of control can change our very body chemistry and lead to negative physical and mental outcomes, but we will also begin a journey to know ourselves and our coping mechanisms a bit better. Research studies and interactive activities will demonstrate how theory can become practice in your own life by applying evidence-based mechanisms to reduce a perception of lack of control, thereby mitigating these negative outcomes.  Some concepts we will explore include:

  • locus of control
  • self-efficacy
  • coping styles
  • learned helplessness
  • cognitive processes affecting perceptions of control
  • and more

We hope to see you there!


What: In-person workshop ” Finding Peace Among Chaos: The Importance of Perceived Control”

When: Monday, July 6 at 6:30 pm

Where: Beautiful Minds office at 13300 New Airport Road, Auburn, CA 95602

Cost: $20 per person

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Garcia, PhD

If you have questions about the workshop or need help registering, please email or call  (530) 217-3870.


About the Instructor:

Melissa Garcia received her PhD from Loma Linda University in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience in 2013. She taught psychology for 10 years at California State University, San Bernardino, for 5 years at California State University, Bakersfield, and is currently a professor at Weimar Institute, heading up the Christian Interdisciplinary Department. She has also contract-taught at both the University of Redlands and Loma Linda University for their respective psychology departments. Dr. Garcia has focused her research on the effects of injury and depression on the brain and how that, in turn, affects cognition and behavior. In addition, she holds interest in social neuroscience and in understanding the dynamics of how society and the brain affect one another. She is married to Rick Garcia and has one daughter, Mariah, who is a student at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California.


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