About This Course

This is a 2.5 hour course designed for coaches and business people to give them an understanding of the basic psychological need to avoid pain and increase pleasure. Matthew Dahlitz then uses this theory and with the power of story telling helps you apply it to your everyday life.

  • Short video and text sections by Matthew and some self-paced activities

  • Certificate of completion at the end

  • The theory behind the basic psychological need to avoid pain and increase pleasure.

  • Understand our good/bad evaluation system.

  • Apply an understanding of pleasure and pain to the work environment.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to Pain and Pleasure

  • 2

    Pleasure Theory

    • Increasing Pleasure, Reducing Pain

    • The Good/Bad Assessment

    • The Salient Network

  • 3

    Personal Pleasure and Pain

    • Relational Pain

    • What Are Your Strategies For Pain Avoidance?

    • Your "Hero's Journey" About Pleasure and Pain Assignment (1 hr)

    • The Hero's Journey Resources (Supplementary)

  • 4

    Work Related Pleasure/Pain

    • Pain & Pleasure At Work

    • Strategies To Increase Pleasure

    • Your Businesses Hero's Journey About Pleasure and Pain (30 min)

  • 5


    • Pleasure and Pain Summary

    • Thank You


CEO The Science of Psychotherapy

Matthew Dahlitz

Matthew Dahlitz is both university trained and an autodidact whose knowledge spans across the arts, technology, psychology, neuroscience, emergency medicine, and business. He has studied psychology at the University of Queensland with a Master of Counselling degree specializing in neuropsychotherapy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Neuropsychotherapist, has taught post-graduate courses in neuropsychotherapy, and is author of the book The Psychotherapists’s Essential Guide to the Brain. Matthew has also studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in both music technology and master of composition. He has scored for film and produced a number of albums of original music and played producer in a film production company. Matthew has also been an Advanced Care Paramedic for a decade, managed commercial property and property development projects in the tens of millions of dollars, founded the Age of Robots site that reports on the technology and the social and psychological impacts of this second machine age, and runs a media and publishing company with an emphasis on great story telling.