Personality Development Course 

     Through his philosophical lenses, Professor Carvalho invites us to truly know our personality, not only as a shallow curiosity, but as a fundamental element that constitutes the very basis of our own existence and influences a large portion of our lives. Professor Carvalho developed an original study: The Theory of the 12 Layers of Personality. 

     Throughout each stage of life, there are challenges that weigh on us, and knowing them in advance gives us the power to broaden our consciousness, to pursue the full potential of our human existence, and even to understand the past and present circumstances of society.

    In past decades, thousands of people had the opportunity to learn directly from professor Olavo de Carvalho. Countless readers and students have shared testimonials on how his philosophy classes had transformed their lives. Now, we are happy to announce that English speakers will also be able to enjoy this opportunity.

    “Passing on knowledge corresponds to only ten percent of what philosophy is. Its true essence is the strengthening of individual consciousness.” — Olavo de Carvalho

Course curriculum

    1. 1.1 A Philosophical Approach on Psychology & Personality: different methods to understand personality

    2. 1.2 An introduction to the Theory of the 12 Layers of Personality

    3. 1.3 Questions & Answers (1): Philosophy, Psyche, Intelligence, Language, Modernity, Knowledge

    4. 1.4 Questions & Answers (2): History, Culture, Language, Symbols, Authenticity, Experience, Difference between Personality & Character

    1. 2.1 Speech & Psychology of Personality

    2. 2.2 Layers of Personality Theory & Circles of Latency

    3. 2.3 Psychology of Personality, reflecting, thinking, meditating, contemplating

    4. 2.4 Questions & Answers Part 1: meaning of the words used, communication, 4th, 5th, and 6th layers

    5. 2.5 Questions & Answers Part 2: American society, Brazilian society, 4th, 5th, and 6th layers

    1. 3.1 Layers of Personality 1 to 5

    2. 3.2 Layers of Personality 6 to 7

    3. 3.3 Layers of Personality 8 to 9

    4. 3.4 Layers of Personality: different psychological conditions

    5. 3.5 Layers of Personality 10

    1. 4.1 Motivation, Identifying your layer

    2. 4.2 Horizon of Consciousness

    3. 4.3 Layers of Personality 11th & 12th

    4. 4.4 Autonomous Personality & Democracy

    5. 4.5 Prevalent Personality & The Destiny of a Nation

    1. 5.1 Transition of Layers: Personality Development

    2. 5.2 Transition of Layers: Social Environment

    3. 5.3 Questions & Answers (1) Neurosis, Mental deficiencies, Determinism vs. Free Will, Reality, Dialectic

    4. 5.4 Questions & Answers (2) The numerical coincidence between the 12 Zodiacs and the 12 Layers of Personality, the issue of seeking affection

    1. 6.1 Summing up: Layers 1 to 9

    2. 6.2 Summing up: the last layers and the Theory itself

    3. 6.3 Summing up: Transition from layer to layer, social environment

    4. 6.4 Miscellaneous: Spoudaios, Plato, The Republic, Education, Discrimination, Modern Society

About this course

  • 27 lessons
  • 17 hours of video content
  • Bonus material
  • Lifetime access
  • Download your notes
  • Video lessons

    Hours of recorded lectures by professor Olavo de Carvalho. English subtitles are available for all videos.

  • Book recommendations

    Professor de Carvalho’s book recommendations will be highlighted in the transcript for ease of finding.

  • Online notebook

    An online notebook is available for students. They can start taking notes and download their notes at any time while watching the lectures.

  • Transcript

    Transcripts will be available below each video, alongside some highlighted quotations, highlighted topics, cited references, and more.

  • Interaction

    Students can interact with one another by adding their own comments and reading other students' comments below each lesson.

  • Any time

    Navigate through the course as desired, skipping lessons back & forth, and watching as many times as needed. All progress is saved. Access is unlimited.

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  • What is professor Olavo de Carvalho's methodology?

    Professor Olavo de Carvalho investigates the subject through different perspectives, at different times and in different depths, as a spiraling structure. There is indeed a chronological order for the lectures, but no need to strictly follow everything in sequence because at some point the themes interconnect, and either way, the core of the subject can be understood by the student.

  • Are there any assignments?

    In this course specifically, there aren't any assignments. However, it will be inevitable to seek some self-development, and to practice some self-analysis exercises as you progress through this journey of learning with professor Olavo de Carvalho.

  • Is all the content in English?

    Each uploaded video will have subtitles in English, and other bonus materials, such as transcripts, will also be available in English. This English version of the Academy is made to serve non-Portuguese speakers.

  • Is there a completion certificate?

    Neither course available offers, nor will they offer, a certificate. We could issue certificates, however this is not the purpose of this Academy. Professor Olavo de Carvalho intended his courses to benefit the students who are genuinely pursuing knowledge and seeking to improve their own personality without the expectations of an external qualification.

  • Is there any refund policy?

    Yes! As of the date of your purchase, you can request a refund within seven days. You are able to request a refund just by clicking on the link "Contact Us" at the very bottom of this page and sending our team a message.

  • For how long do I have access to this course?

    The access is unlimited! Once you complete your purchase, you can finish the course on your own time. The Personality Development Course is a short thematic course and it works as a single purchase. This means you can watch it whenever it suits you, skip lessons back and forth, and watch them over again, all with unlimited access.

What people say about Personality Development Course

“Learning about the 12 layers of personality theory opened my eyes to a new dimension of human existence that I've never thought existed before. Each of us was born with a high capability of personality development and most times we pass through life wasting a lot of potentials not only to be a better person to ourselves but to improve the society around us. ”

Mariana D.

“I attended the Personality Development Course in person back in 2015 and I watched it over again now. It is impressive to compare how much I still had to learn from the first time compared to now, I could see how deep the study of personality can go. As a husband and a dad of five kids, I use what I learned from this course on a daily basis, not to improve myself only, but to contribute to my kids' formation as human beings. ”

Pedro C.

“The difference between who I was before watching these lectures and who I am now, is night and day. As someone who is not particularly studious, I was a little worried about investing my time into this course, but I am so incredibly glad I did. I expected to, hopefully, learn some interesting facts about personality in general, but I got much more than that. This course gave me the tools that have helped me center myself around the most important aspects of life, and it has given me a clear vision of the path I need to take to become the best version of myself. ”

Pedro C.

Start now and pay over time

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