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MAPP Magazine: The Education Issue

By Karen Deppa

By Karen Deppa -

The mission of the MAPP Magazine is first to keep University of Pennsylvania Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program (MAPP) alumni connected, and second to share the wide range of our applications of positive psychology with a broader audience to inspire collaboration and growth in the field.  

The latest issue of MAPP Magazine focuses on educational applications: applying Hope Theory with students on an immersive Holocaust education trip to Poland; making Positive Psychology accessible to high school students; and building resilience strengths in COVID-weary summer campers.

You can find back issues of the MAPP Magazine online: articles for 2020 through the present and articles for 2019 and before. To have the latest articles sent to you by email, subscribe to the MAPP Magazine.

The Saga of the Scrolls: A Story of Hope

Rabbi Dr. Yosef Lynn (MAPP ’12) shares a powerful, inspiring story of tracking down two lost Torah scrolls he learned about while leading a Holocaust education trip in Poland. Referring to a photo showing a recovered scroll reunited with a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor in Israel, Yosef observed that “No words can describe the power of that moment of the revival and reuniting of worlds.” Citing the principles of Hope Theory, Yosef evokes the power of hope to overcome even the most horrific adversities, to bridge differences, and to achieve goals.

You can find the full story here.

Child Reading

Positive Psychology in Schools – Making Positive Psychology Accessible to All Secondary School Students

In the process of completing his MAPP Degree, Dr. Felix Yerace (MAPP ’20) set about designing a positive psychology course to augment his work in positive education and to help his high school students develop as leaders, and people.  “While I wanted a class that all students could be successful in, I also did not want to compromise its rigor,” Felix noted. As his class enters its third year, it has grown in popularity and has made a difference for his students. Felix’s own leadership in the positive education space has enabled him to expand the network of educators who teach positive psychology, in pursuit of Martin Seligman’s vision to offer all students, at every level, instruction in the skills of well-being.

You can find the full story here.

Strengths Development in Action

Celebration

How could the application of positive psychology help COVID-weary students in Shanghai and Beijing whose emotional and social well-being had been battered by mandatory lockdowns, frequent health testing, and distance learning? Karen Zong (MAPP ’07) relates how her Integrated Development Group focused on teaching strengths development, resilience, and back-to-school readiness to students in grades 1-9 through a series of age-appropriate summer camps. While students cannot be shielded from adversity and challenges in life, Karen observes, “knowing that they have a solid foundation of optimism, persistence, social skills, and self-awareness is surely a blessing and relief for the caring adults” who are sending them off to the next step of their educational journey.

You can find the full story here.

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Image credits

Scroll Photo by Taylor Flowe on Unsplash
Child Reading Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
Celebration Photo by Jaime Lopes on Unsplash

This article first appeared on Positive Psychology News. To see the original article, click here. To comment on this article, click here.

Karen Deppa, MAPP '15, is an associate editor of the MAPP Magazine and principal of PilotLight Resilience Resources. She is also the lead author of the 2016 SpringerBriefs in Fire e-book, Resilience Training for Firefighters: An Approach to Prevent Behavioral Health Problems and developer of the class Respond with Resilience™ Psychological Wellness for Emergency Services First Responders. LinkedIn Profile. Karen's articles for Positive Psychology News are here.


   


Unthinking, Fast and Slow

By Donald Officer

By Donald Officer -

Emotions Don’t Think: Emotional Contagion in a Time of Turmoil By Bruce Hutchison, Ph.D. 328 pp. Crossfield Publishing 2021.

Emotions don't think book cover

The full title of this book by clinical psychologist Bruce Hutchison may give some readers pause. Maybe linking emotion with another recent and deeply consequential contagion comes too soon for comfort. Maybe we never made this connection before. Maybe we’d prefer to avoid the discovery of how totally emotions can compel us.

Bruce Hutchison provides evidence from multiple perspectives. Individuals may not be responsible for being infected by emotional contagion, but it is up to each of us to notice, consider impacts, then act or not. Emotions don’t think, but individuals do. As Daniel Kahneman might put it and Bruce Hutchison reframes in his book, using a considered, slow thinking approach instead of an impulsive or reflexive emotional response to provocation is a first line of defense to either ill-considered impulses or infectious triggers.

The practical problem with emotional contagion is not just in spotting the outbreak. By then it might be too late to save either self or a contact community from ill effect. As with other forms of contagion, noticeable individual symptoms are lagging indicators. But are there strategic tools to spot ominous spreads from afar? If you or people close to you do catch an emotional infection, how should it be treated? Can this kind of wave be contained? This book contributes to detection, identification, and containment.

Positive Psychology as First Aid and Immunity Booster

Author, Dr. Bruce Hutchison

It may not be the primary focus of the book, but Dr. Hutchison acknowledges the intersection of his advice with the pillars of positive psychology. For example, positive emotions can serve as an antidote to being overwhelmed by fear or anger. They broaden thinking, deterring prejudice while helping us put a best face on uncertainty, reframing it as opportunity.

Think of emotional contagion as a powerful tide. Positive emotions can be seawalls against surges of enticement by opening our minds to possible harm. Powerful strengths like courage, resilience, persistence, and patience can overcome the tide of fearful aversion or cynical despair. Likewise, solid relational attachments, committed engagement, meaningful involvement, and the remembrance of past accomplishments offer bulwarks against tempting impulses.

Where Do Emotional Contagions Come From?

To explore where contagion threats come from, Hutchison brings his experience as a psychotherapist to bear. In particular, he recognizes that he too is not immune to contagion. Emotions are integral to who we are, or think we are, or even wish we weren’t.

Angry man & pointing fingersResearch psychologist Elaine Hatfield defined emotional contagion in 1994 as “the tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize facial expressions, postures, and movements with those of another person, and consequently, to converge emotionally.”

Hutchison has a more open-ended definition. Fair enough: someday the science will catch up. While the narrower academic specification points out some observable sources of contagion, Hutchison’s open-ended view is also needed because, like some biological contagions, dangerous forms can be almost invisible until too late. For example, the media now available everywhere spreads ideas exponentially. Bad actors, the confused, terrified, and misinformed have weaponized the tools that were first meant for innocuous transactions, leading to suspicion and misunderstanding. What’s at stake? Autonomy, dignity, efficacy, agency. These things matter.

It’s easy to see how skepticism about messaging could produce increased susceptibility to emotional and social contagion. Incomplete narratives are put in doubt when more satisfying, often fictitious, versions appear. Speculation and suspicion lead to rumor. Entertaining rumors are infectious and sometimes harmful. As Hutchison observes, a world in turmoil needs little to spark full-on contagion.   

How Can You Tell if You’re Infected?

Contagion Dashboard

Contagion Dashboard

Because we are all as susceptible to emotional contagion as we are to biological threats, we need to become aware of the underlying conditions which increase vulnerability as well as the dangerous places where infection lies in ambush. Emotions Don’t Think includes a fascinating catalogue of risks.

Positions we take may start as reasoned opinions. But if we do not keep an eye on how our beliefs play out in practice, reasons can degenerate into rationalizations, especially if we invest in flattering best case outcomes emerging from convenient positions.  

Conspiracy Theories

Angry teeth

Anger spreads

Citing the panic buying of toilet paper during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Hutchison reminds us that our default tendency is to visualize worst case outcomes and then treat those as certain. Doubting science and resenting inconvenience, some people became suspicious of all official sources, causing them to turn to more dubious ones. Conditions were set for successive waves of dangerous emotional contagion.

Conspiracy theories spread, particularly through social media, which disseminated outlandish, increasingly sinister gossip. Many started to distrust almost all other sources while infecting their own cults with fearful suspicion.

They had help from the rest of society too. Intrusive manipulative messaging and unwarranted surveillance have become singular threats to privacy, voice, and personal agency. Equally troubling is the toxic nurture of an antisocial mindset. Backlash is triggered in reaction to offensive intrusions. It takes courage, stamina, and resilience to keep checking for accurate statements, reliable sources, plausible motives, and acceptable risks of contagion. As with some somatic infections, symptoms may be invisible to the afflicted but visible to others.

NASA image of lights

May the contagion turn on lights.

Some Stress is Good for You and So Are Some Emotional Contagions

Stress can build up resilience, the ability to withstand oppressive pressure. Hutchison endorses positive capacity building, explaining that contagious optimism is capable of reviving communities in times of turmoil and disruption. He also uncovers multiple ways contagion can enhance social relations, institutions, critical processes, even whole societies.

Summary

To his credit, Hutchison avoids making his book an inadvertent source of  emotional contagion  The tone is clear, and the assertions consistent. The author balances critique with deep experience.

Positive psychology practices can help create strong resilient leaders whose strengths are positively contagious, causing emotional contagion to flow constructively.  Learning to distinguish between positive and negative emotional contagion is important.  Bruce Hutchison’s book is a timely step along that path.


References

Hutchison, B. (2021). Emotions Don’t Think: Emotional Contagion in a Time of Turmoil. Crossfield Publishing.

Barrett, L. F. (2020). 7 ½ Lessons About the Brain.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Gladwell, M. (2002). The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Back Bay Books.

Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow. London, Allen Lane.

Kravetz, L. D. (2017). Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves. New York: Harper Collins.

Rosin, H. (2015, Dec). The Silicon Valley Suicides: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?  The Atlantic.

Thompson, D. (2017). Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. New York: Penguin Press.

Photo Credits

Contagion Dashboard Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash
Angry Teeth Photo by Nsey Benajah on Unsplash
NASA Lights Photo by NASA on Unsplash

This article first appeared on Positive Psychology News. To see the original article, click here. To comment on this article, click here.

Donald Officer, MA '89, is a strategic thinking practitioner who melds problem solving research models to help clients anticipate unexpected scenarios and opportunities while pursuing what is most meaningful to them. In addition to coaching, facilitation, and consulting Don blogs at The Intention Coach, where he welcomes comments. He is a certified facilitator and a member of the International Coach Federation and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Donald's articles can be found here.


   


Sit Write Share launches today

By Aren Cohen

By Aren Cohen -

Today is the launch day for the eBook of Kathryn Britton’s new must-read guide to writing: Sit Write Share: Practical Writing Strategies to Transform Your Experience into Content that Matters. The paperback version will be available by May 3.

The elegant title of this stellar book captures the basic elements of how to become a writer. Overcoming our inner demons to allow ourselves to become writers is hard. It can be even harder becoming good writers who see our projects through from start to finish. As Kathryn explains in the book introduction, a reader will find strategies to make writing “absorbing and satisfying.” Sit Write Share is filled with practical wisdom about the writing process focused on making it both more gratifying and aligned with achieving personal writing goals.

Sit Write Share should be a resource in your personal library like a great cookbook is a staple in your kitchen. In the introduction, Kathryn suggests that writers approach writing with an experimental mindset. In this sense, Sit Write Share offers readers the opportunity to follow Kathryn’s experiments, or recipes, to the letter, or let them guide experimentation to “fit your particular tastes and circumstances.” Likely some experiments will become favorite go-to staples that appear frequently on your writing menu, while others will help you think holistically about planning a dinner party or four-course meal– presumably the book or long-form piece that you want to write.

Who is the author, and how did this book come to be?

If you’re a member of the Positive Psychology community and do not know Kathryn Britton, MAPP ‘06, there is no better introduction to Kathryn’s talent, insight and humor than Sit Write Share. After studying “the ingredients of creativity, persistence, resilience and optimism” at the University of Pennsylvania, Kathryn discovered she had “a gift for writing and helping others write.”  Nine years ago, after working with many individual authors, Kathryn began offering writing workshops both to the MAPP community and the public at large. Since then, more than 125 authors have participated in workshops producing more than 3000 pieces of writing.

Kathryn’s years of experience of working with writers was the genesis for Sit Write Share. She continues to help many writers overcome obstacles, facilitating a lot of successful writing. Sit Write Share is the accumulation of Kathryn’s observations and knowledge gained while assisting other authors move various writing projects from their first glimmerings over the finish line.

Book Structure

The clarity and order of Sit Write Share is excellent. Kathryn organizes the steps and the topics involved in the writing process in an accessible way. On a macro level, the book is split into three sections: Sit, Write, and Share, each with their own experiments. Within the Sit section, there are four subsections:  Intentions, Gremlins, Habits, and Inspiration. Within the Write section there are three subsections: Imagine, Draft, and Edit.  Within the Share section, there are four subsections: Audience, Support, Publish, and Network.  Each subsection has experiments specific to the given topic.
Sit Write Share Structure

The subsections offer a framework that will stick with readers as they conceptualize the writing process. Additionally, each experiment is presented in a friendly way with approachable stories, keen observations, concrete steps, and nifty morals to sum them up. Readers may dip in and out to find the experiments most useful to them, but there is also a clear trajectory as the book moves along so that readers receive a “start to finish” resource for a writing project.

What will this book do for you?

Everyone stands to benefit from reading Sit Write Share because it will make them better, more confident writers. The many experiments in this book can help readers initiate and fine tune writing.

From a personal perspective, my favorite experiment in this book is: Join a Writers Workshop. In an ideal world, everyone could take writing workshops led by Kathryn! Unfortunately, as a mere mortal, we cannot clone Kathryn. Thankfully with Sit Write Share, Kathryn has made her secret sauce accessible to the wider audience that wants to improve their writing and share it with the public. While it may be impossible to join a Kathryn-led writing workshop, with Sit Write Share ,Kathryn provides an invaluable reference that empowers readers to learn from her experiments, experience, and best practices.

How do you find your way through the experiments?

Kathryn has provided a free workbook to go with Sit Write Share that can help you take stock of your own writing practice and then select the next best experiment to try, given what you’ve discovered. Look for the workbook giveaway on the Sit Write Share website.

Thank you Kathryn for making the knowledge you’ve gained available to the wider world.

Get your copy of Sit Write Share now!

This article first appeared on Positive Psychology News. To see the original article, click here. To comment on this article, click here.

Aren Cohen, MBA, MAPP '07 is a learning specialist working with academically, motivationally and emotionally challenged students
in the leading private schools in New York City. As shown in her website and blog, Strengths for Students,
Aren uses the tenets of positive psychology to teach her students to use their strengths of character to change educational challenges into educational triumphs.
Full bio. Aren's articles are here.


   


MAPP Magazine: The Power of Community

By Karen Deppa

By Karen Deppa -

The mission of the MAPP Magazine is first to keep University of Pennsylvania Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program (MAPP) alumni connected, and second to share the wide range of our applications of positive psychology with a broader audience to inspire collaboration and growth in the field.  

In December 2021, the MAPP Magazine looked at how MAPP Alumni have felt called to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues.

In January 2022, we were nudged to “Do One Thing” to support our Alumni Association, and an advocate of Mastermind groups described their many benefits, not least of which is accelerated progress toward business goals. Indeed, these articles demonstrate how communities of like-minded individuals can create synergy, with gratifying results.

You can find back issues of the MAPP Magazine online. To have the latest articles sent to you by email, subscribe to the MAPP Magazine.

APPLYING POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY TO RACE WORK, PART II

The second part of this conversation (the first appeared here) discusses the outer work, perspective-taking, and COVID-19’s impact on companies. Margaret H. Greenberg and Gina Greenlee share insights from their book The Business of Race about how to create and maintain an antiracist workplace. As Greenberg and Greenlee point out, “Productive race work begins with self-awareness but it does not end there. What organizations haven’t devoted equal attention to is how to change the system of work—business policies and practices—to create a racially diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.” 

LEARNING FOR A BETTER FUTURE: DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION BOOK GROUPS

More than 60 MAPP Alumni have co-created a book club around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Henry Edwards shares the accomplishments of the club, and how to join. Each sub-group has selected its own materials (including books, articles, podcasts, and movies) and meeting schedule for review and discussion. In their desire to create positive change in the world, book club members take guidance from vulnerability researcher Brené Brown, who says, “We’re not here to be right; we’re here to get it right.”

AN INCLUSIVE JOURNEY TO HAPPINESS – AND UNDERSTANDING – THROUGH FILM

Simon Leow and Sherman Ho, co-founders of Happiness Initiative, a social enterprise that focuses on promoting the science of happiness and well-being in Singapore, decided to make their 2021 Happiness Film Festival about inclusivity. Their choices of films and the panel discussions that followed focused on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in Singapore society. Learn how Leow and Ho curated the festival and how audience members responded.

MASTERMIND GROWTH GROUPS FOR GOOD

The term Mastermind was coined by author Napoleon Hill in his 1925 book The Law of Success. Like now, Mastermind groups were originally developed to help members receive advice from other group members. Today, members of the UPenn MAPP Community use Mastermind groups to learn and grow both personally and professionally. These groups can be established to help anyone in the form of knowledge, resources, and spiritual energy. In this article, Elaine O’Brien, Ph.D., shares her personal experiences with MAPP Mastermind groups and provides recommendations for starting a Mastermind group of your own.

DO ONE THING! MAPP ALUMNI BOARD PRESIDENT’s 2022 LETTER

Katie Snyder, President of the MAPP Alumni Association Board of Directors, looks forward to an exciting year of new programs and opportunities that speak to the many passions of our 600+ alumni around the world. She challenges each MAPP graduate to commit to using their strengths and interests to support our thriving alumni community, and to create high-quality connections among ourselves and with those we serve. In what way will you “Do One Thing” for your community in 2022?

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Book Reference

Greenberg, M. & Greenlee, G. (2021). The Business of Race: How to Create and Sustain an Antiracist Workplace?And Why it’s Actually Good for Business. McGraw Hill.

Image Credits
Coffee Circle Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
Clasped hands Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
Theater Photo by Jake Hills on Unsplash
Silhouette Photo by Alonso Reyes on Unsplash
Lady Looking at Lights Photo by Harold Wijnholds on Unsplash

This article first appeared on Positive Psychology News. To see the original article, click here. To comment on this article, click here.

Karen Deppa, MAPP '15, is an associate editor of the MAPP Magazine and principal of PilotLight Resilience Resources. She is also the lead author of the 2016 SpringerBriefs in Fire e-book, Resilience Training for Firefighters: An Approach to Prevent Behavioral Health Problems and developer of the class Respond with Resilience™ Psychological Wellness for Emergency Services First Responders. LinkedIn Profile. Karen's articles for Positive Psychology News are here.


   


The Art of Insubordination: A Review

By Lisa Sansom

By Lisa Sansom -

Announcement: Today is the launch day for Todd Kashdan’s new book,

The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this book. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted it in my house or to hold it in my hands. It made me nervous.

I’ve known the author, Todd Kashdan, by reputation and casually for a few years and enjoyed his other books. But having this particular book around? It just felt a little more daring and subversive. Todd (can I call you Todd?) can be quite daring and subversive. I wasn’t sure I was ready for that sort of energy on my bookshelf.

Some time ago, Todd posted online about a special prize for someone who had copies of his other books. There were three other books at the time, and I had them all. I told him so, and he wanted a picture to prove it. I sat down in the middle of my living room, holding all three books, snapped a very bad selfie, and sent it to him. He told me I’d won a prize: I’d get a copy of his next book.

Although I tend to have a poor memory, that stuck with me. When I saw someone else recently post about The Art of Insubordination on LinkedIn, I decided to… well… be a little insubordinate and comment about how I was waiting for Todd to send me a copy of his book because of this so-called contest that I’d won. Of course, I tagged Todd. Kudos to him. He answered, and now I have a copy of this dangerous book.

Spoiler alert: I’m glad I read the book, and I expect you will be too.

Todd Kashdan in action

Back Story

I first e-met Todd after I graduated from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. That program was created by Dr. Martin Seligman, who has a long and storied career as a researcher and thought leader. It was a fabulous program. While it was extremely rigorous as we studied at the graduate level, there were also fun times. We watched movies with Marty and heard him connect the films to positive psychology. We got to hear about his dreams for this relatively new field. Beyond Marty, we got to hear from amazing guest lecturers who not only talked about their past and current research, but also shared their thinking about future research. You just couldn’t get that anywhere else!

When we graduated. I became heavily involved in the MAPP Alumni Association and started to hear about and from other researchers in the field including dissenting voices. The MAPP bubble wasn’t exactly burst, but it did become more transparent in some ways and more visibly obvious in others. There were theories and models that we hadn’t learned and other researchers investigating relevant topics. One dissenting voice was Dr. Todd Kashdan.

IPPA Positive Health and Wellbeing (PHW) welcomes you to a ‘Fireside Chat with Dr. Todd Kashdan,’ who will present “The Art of Principled Insubordination,” Friday, March 4, 2022 at 11:00am (ET). Register here.

Todd wasn’t quiet about his feelings about the Penn MAPP program. At the time, he thought it was narrow and exclusive. He made a point of connecting with MAPP grads on social media to let them know that there was an entire world of academics, thought leaders, and research beyond MAPP. While he was right, he wasn’t always agreeable (as one might say in a sort of Big-5, compromising, compliant, people-pleasing sort of way) about it.

Todd, I later learned, was invited to early discussions about the new field of positive psychology but chose instead to carve his own path. Over the course of his career, he has taken positive psychology into bold new areas, working with various colleagues and challenging traditional thinking. That is, if thinking in a field that’s barely 25 years old could be called “traditional.” The field is all the richer for it.

What is this book?

The Art of Insubordination comes across as not only research and advice on “how to dissent and defy effectively,” as the subtitle promises, but also as a memoir providing insight into how Todd himself practices insubordination, including the pros and cons. Todd himself, a great researcher and thinker, had a challenging childhood (as he shares in the book) and is the father of three girls. All this experience propels him to see the world with different perspectives.

Todd notices that many things have “always been done” in certain ways and recognizes that these may not be the best ways forward. Over time, Todd has been pushing back not just on the field of positive psychology, but on many different practices and traditions. In this book, he recounts episodes in his history of insubordination. He has also collected the stories of other insubordinates.

I appreciate the way he curated substantial research to back up both the positive power of principled insubordination and how to do it effectively. 

Book Structure

At a basic level, this book is divided into three parts: in praise of insubordination, the non-conformist’s cookbook, and harnessing disobedience. Each section has 3 or 4 chapters, all with provocative and inspirational titles. Who wouldn’t want to Engage the Outrageous or Build Mental Fortitude? I expected to open this book and see full-color pictures of Iris Apfel staring daringly and stylishly back at me, inviting me to challenge the ho-hum status quo.

Throughout the book, Todd peppers his prose with “The Big Idea” call-out boxes. An extract from one of my favorites appears in the chapter titled Attract People Who’ve Got Your Back. It suggests that we “run headlong into moments of shared adversity.” Just reading that made me feel a little bolder and more courageous.

Todd shares principles in each chapter. This is about principled insubordination, after all. He finishes each chapter with “Recipe steps.” These are practical takeaways to help readers implement the keys from that chapter. This is some spicy cookbook.

As an avid consumer of research, I appreciated that this is indeed a well-researched book. At 60 pages, the end notes section is over one-quarter of the book. I found the notes interesting reading in of themselves, adding to the overall impact of the book and supporting its many important ideas.

What will this book do for you?

Is this book really going to scare you? Probably not. If you’re already attracted to the book, then it will probably reaffirm what you believe with compelling research and insightful anecdotes. He points out that principled insubordination lives in a Goldilocks zone: be careful to tread neither too lightly nor too forcefully if you want to provoke effective positive change.

Is this book going to help you dissent and defy? Quite possibly. If you have an idea or a cause that you want to stand up for, this book will help you do so regardless of how insubordinate that might cause you to be. In some ways, this is also a book about excellent communication, effective change management, and meaningful interpersonal and emotional intelligence.

At its core, this book is designed to change the way that its readers see the world and act within it. The tools that it provides, drawn no doubt from Todd’s own life and professional experiences as well as research, could inspire you to take on that noble cause that has been nagging at you. It certainly has made me think differently about some of the systems in my small part of the world.

IPPA Positive Health and Wellbeing (PHW) welcomes you to a ‘Fireside Chat with Dr. Todd Kashdan,’ who will present “The Art of Principled Insubordination,” Friday, March 4, 2022 at 11:00am (ET). Register here.

References: Todd’s full book list. There are too many articles to list here.

Kashdan, T. (2022). The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively. Avery Press.

Kashdan, T. & Biswas-Diener, R. (2014). The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your Good Self–Drives Success and Fulfillment. Hudson Street Press.

Kashdan, T. B. & Ciarrochi, J. (Eds.) (2013). Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being. Context Press.

Kashdan, T. (2009). Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life. New York: William Morrow.

Holding Art of Insubordination picture posted on Facebook by Philip Wilkerson III

This article first appeared on Positive Psychology News. To see the original article, click here. To comment on this article, click here.

Lisa Sansom, MAPP '10, is the owner of LVS Consulting, an independent consulting firm that helps to build positive organizations. Lisa provide services such as individual and leadership coaching, team facilitation, effective communications training, Appreciative Inquiry and change management consulting. Full Bio.

Articles by Lisa are here.


   


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