Mental clarity & decision making


How do we create the mental clarity to make big decisions when academia leaves us with so little time or energy and very few resources to cope? We are left trying to make big life changes decisions from a place of self-doubt, emotional reactiveness, and exhaustion. 
In this workshop, we explore the factors that impact how we think and make decisions. The role that our biases, thinking patterns, and behavioral choices play in how we evaluate situations and interactions, and how we engage (or not) with certain individuals and environments. 

Course objectives    
  • Explore the self-critical inner voices that make you think you do not belong, you can’t do it, and you shouldn’t apply yet.
  • Learn to question how your mindset and thought processes can help or hinder your day-to-day life and your future career prospects;
  • Recognize biases in our thinking that are either magnifying our fears, doubts, and concerns or minimizing our ability to make healthy choices;
  • Push back on certain maladaptive coping strategies (e.g. procrastination and avoidance) once you see how much they impact on the decision making process;
  • Practice reshaping your thinking and behavior patterns to work for you in pursuit of your goals.
  • Develop tools to help you maintain a clear head despite the challenging decisions you must make.

Desiree Dickerson, PhD (

Target participants     PhD candidates of all disciplines.
Dates     18 February 2022 9:00 - 17:30h (intensive one-day workshop)
Canceling deadline    

2 February 2022 23:59

(see Conditions of Participation for information on canceling after the deadline.)

Location     Online
Contact person     Eric Alms, Graduate Campus
ECTS credit     1 ECTS credit (has to be recognized by your faculty)