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How can Moral Psychology Apply to Social Conflict and Strengthen Individuals and Institutions?

Abstract: Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D. is an American social psychologist and the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Dr. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. His work has looked at how variations in moral...


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Character Strengths Research & Interventions

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. Character Strengths Research & Interventions Abstract: Character strengths, often referred to as “the backbone of positive psychology,” have enjoyed extensive research and scholarship since the VIA project that culminated in 2004. What have we learned...


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Self-Efficacy as a Foundational Concept for Positive Psychology

James E. Maddux, Ph.D. Self-Efficacy as a Foundational Concept for Positive Psychology Abstract: People tend to engage in behaviors that will get them what they want and that they believe they can do. Self-efficacy theory (Bandura, 1977, 1982, 1986a) states that initiation and...


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The Context of Well-being: Fit, Facets, and Fairness

Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD The Context of Well-being: Fit, Facets, and Fairness Dr. Prilleltensky will share a multi-dimensional model of wellbeing (I-COPPE) that includes both perceptual and contextual appraisals. He will propose that individuals can enhance their “fitness” in each...


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Playing positive psychology: Using tangible tools and facilitation methods in positive psychology coaching and training

Ilona Boniwell, Ph.D. Playing positive psychology: Using tangible tools and facilitation methods in positive psychology coaching and training Abstract: Over the past few years, the notion of a “positive intervention” has risen to prominence, as it was discovered that certain...


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Strength-Based Parenting

Lea Waters, Ph.D. "Strength-Based Parenting" Abstract: This game-changing presentation introduces “strength-based parenting.” The presenter shares her definition, theoretical model, and recent empirical findings connecting strength-based parenting to a host of positive outcomes for...


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Trust and Well-being

John Helliwell, Ph.D. Trust and Well-being Abstract : Trust is the magic ingredient for building and maintaining a strong and flexible social fabric. The social and pro-social features of humanity are revealed by evidence that people are happier when they live in high trust...


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Meaning In Life and Work

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D. Meaning In Life and Work Abstract: Michael F. Steger, Ph.D. examines the construct, including theories from Frankl to Baumeister. He shares research on how experiencing meaning can have positive effects on one’s health and happiness, decisions and effort ...


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Humble Leaders in Business, Religious, and Political Contexts

Everett Worthington Ph.D. Humble Leaders in Business, Religious, and Political Contexts Abstract: For leaders, humility is not always a popular aspiration today, yet it is linked to positive outcomes in business, religious, and political activities. I define humility emphasizing its...


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Why Gratitude is Counterintuitive and Other Lessons From the Science of Thanksgiving

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. Why Gratitude is Counterintuitive and Other Lessons From the Science of Thanksgiving Abstract : What have we learned about gratitude after almost two decades of systematic study? We are in the midst of a global gratitude movement, with new findings emerging on...