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Harvard University

Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement

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*Note - This is an Archived course*

Do you have a personal improvement goal that has proven resistant to your sincerest intentions, smartest plans, and best efforts? If so, then this course is for you. Last spring, we kicked off a world-wide experiment to see if Kegan and Lahey’s ground-breaking, award-winning approach (the Immunity to Change process) could be deployed online to help tens of thousands of people make lasting changes at work or in their private lives. The experiment was largely a success! Many participants succeeded at making important changes in their lives. Here’s what our students have to say:

  • “When I first started, I was a bit skeptical on how I would actually change. Looking back at myself 14 weeks ago and comparing it with how I am now is incredible! I couldn't be happier that I decided to take this course and learn a new approach to change. My life is so much better because of it.”
  • “Someone asked me recently if I felt like I'd just wasted 14 whole weeks on self-inquiry. I can honestly say no - I feel like I wasted 30 years sleepwalking!  An incredible experience. Bob and Lisa have created a truly wondrous process, and the staff and fellow students have built a rich and supportive learning environment.” 
  • “I appreciated the opportunity to feel like I was a part of a bigger community striving to grow and improve. This made me want to constantly push myself because I believed in the power behind the material and in the power of being part of a community working toward similar goals.”
  • “This has been an amazing course and I have made long lasting changes that I didn't even dream about when I began this course. There is no way to express my deepest thank you for that . . . my life is changed.”

This fall, we invite you to join us in a continuation of this experimental personal development course. Via demonstrations, exercises, readings, personal experiments, and novel interactive tools, this course will teach you new psychological theory about personal change, but—more than this—it will engage you in applying that theory to yourself from the first class to the last.

In 2011 Oprah Winfrey listed the Top Ten Things You Should Do to Start the New Year Right. Number One on the list was, “Try the Immunity-to-Change approach.” Come, join us!

This course runs from Tuesday, September 16 to Monday, December 15, 2014. It begins on September 16 with a one-week orientation. The orientation is designed to introduce you to the culture of the community we will form together and the technology we will use. Some of you may not need the full week to complete the orientation. The substance of the course begins a week later, on September 23.

HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Read our research statement to learn more.

This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course.

Taught by

Nick Parlante, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey


4.2 rating, based on 11 Class Central reviews

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  • Linda Denton
    I first learned about this class through the Institute of Coaching, November 2013. I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Lisa Lahey provide an overview of the ITC Map and I was immediately hooked. I was feeling stuck in my coaching business and I used the ITC process to get myself unstuck. After completing the MOOC, I took the 3-day Facilitator training and have been using the ITC process with my clients since June. I highly recommend this program for coaches and individuals feeling stuck in life. I would also suggest getting a buddy to take it with you so you can share the experience and get real time feedback. Linda Denton
  • Anonymous
    I completed the course. No need to pay for it...its all You Tube videos..
    Waste of time..
    In the end the computer said I didn't complete enough modules" so i did not get a certificate.
    It wasn't worth the money spent on a piece of paper...
  • Anonymous
    Awesome approach to behavioral change, and doing the real work it takes to create something new and lasting. Applications everywhere from business, academic, to personal. Highly recommend this class to anyone!
  • Anonymous
    Powerfull, amazing, precise and benevolent ! It's a great value to follow this course it is changing important things in my life.
  • Jayne McCormack
    A course for people who are trying to change a habit but have struggled in the past. This provides a process, a framework with which to analyse the change, why the old behaviours are so hard to shift and move forward. It's an interesting course that…
  • Mary Miller
    This course not only changed my life, but it also transformed my life. It's the best personal improvement course I've ever taken!
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