Badass Women in Positive Psychology

The third volume of the highly successful Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology series is out! You can download your open access copy here.

Dr. Aaron Jarden, Gavin Slemp, Eunbit Hwang, Austin Chia and I interviewed 17 positive psychologists and positive psychology practitioners around the world about their thoughts on the field, as well as its present state and future directions.

In this third book of the series, we chose to highlight female voices within academia and practice (thank you to Aaron Jarden for the wonderful idea)  because of the unique challenges faced by women in science and workforce.

“Talent is universal, opportunity is not,” as the old adage goes. Our editorial team hopes to witness the birth of a world where more people are able to pursue their passions with equal opportunity regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. This is not only good from a human rights standpoint, but also for the development of science in general.

If we wish to expand scientific understanding, we would benefit from an approach that includes a far more diverse spectrum of humanity. Although female scientists continue to be underrepresented and face obstacles in achieving equal recognition and pay for their work, the number of women embarking on science careers has been increasing steadily over the past several decades – partly thanks to having had role models and mentors whose career trajectories they could seek to emulate.

Indeed, the future is always first an idea.

May this book inspire, elevate and empower the current and future generation of researchers and practitioners within psychology, as well as academics in general. This book is dedicated to all female researchers (and people representing minority groups within science) who have blazed new trails, often against slim odds, and cleared a path for others to follow.

The brave women of sisu, the Finnish word for extraordinary perseverance, who appear within the pages of this book are:

Jane Dutton, Margaret (Peggy) Kern, Sarah Pressman, Jacci Norrish, Emma Seppälä, Lea Waters, Amy Wrzesniewski, Suzy Green, Laura Morgan Roberts, Michelle McQuaid, Felicia Huppert, Covi Chaves, Jo Mitchell, Veronika Huta, Emily Heaphy, Shelly Gable, Lisa Sansom.

Notably, the previous two volumes of this book series had already interviewed some female legends in the field. In the first volume: Barbara Fredrickson, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Acacia Parks, Ilona Boniwell and Denise Quinlan, and in the second volume: Angela Duckworth, Margarita Tarragona, Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Dafne Cataluña and María Dolores Avia. The interviews in this 3rd volume add to their voices.

Previous volumes in the series

The three books in the series offer an inside look into the life and thinking of some of the most inspiring minds within the field. They seek to go beyond what you usually get to read about these exciting researchers and thinkers while being a stimulating and substance-rich journey into positive psychology. The books are a great introduction to anyone new to the field, and to those interested to learn more about its future directions.

Positive psychologists on positive psychology Emilia Lahti

Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology, VOL 2. Edited by: Aaron Jarden, Emilia Lahti,
María Mercedes Ovejero Bruna and Yukun Zhao

Adam Grant, James Pawelski, Tayyab Rashid, Angela Duckworth, Esa Saarinen, Margarita Tarragona, Ken Sheldon, Robert Biswas-Diener, Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Kaiping Peng (YK) 50 Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Tayyab Rashid, Dafne Cataluña, Paul Wong, Carmelo Vazquez and María Dolores Avia.All of these fascinating trailblazers, pioneers and adventurers on a quest for human flourishing share their personal stories

All of these fascinating trailblazers, pioneers and adventurers on a quest for human flourishing share their personal stories on how they became so passionate about positive psychology and what drives them.

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Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology, VOL 1.
Edited by: Aaron Jarden

Todd Kashdan, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Alex Linley, Ed Diener, Michael Steger, Acacia Parks, Ryan Niemiec, Nic Marks, Barbara Fredrickson, Ilona Boniwell, Robert Vallerand, Denise Quinlan and Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi

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