Invited Symposium

Please find below the details about the invited speakers and the symposium scheduled:

Positive psychology in Europe: recent and future developments

Chairmen: Dora Gudrun Gudmundsdottir, Hans Henrik Knoop, Jan Auke Walburg

1. Positive psychology for society

Author: Dora Gudmundsdottir

2. Positive psychology in education

Author: Hans Henrik Knoop

3. Positive health

Author: Jan Auke Walburg

The chairs will each give a brief overview of the most recent developments in research and implementation of positive psychology in Europe.

After this overview of recent developments in Europe, future developments will be discussed. Questions to deal with are: What research is needed in Europe to proceed? What kind of knowledge should be implemented? How can the authority of positive psychology be improved.

The chairs will summarise the discussion in terms of an agenda for the future with consequences for the activities of the European Network of Positive Psychology.




 Positive Psychology in Society and Communities

Chairman: Pascale Haag

1. Epistemological reflections on the concept of community

Author: Gaël Brulé

2. Building connections to promote well-being: challenges and resources

Author: Antonella Delle Fave

3. To affinity and beyond: on the personal and social value of friendship and friendliness

Author: Neil Thin


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Mindfulness, Loving Kindness Meditation and Positive psychology

Chairman: Rebecca Shankland

  1. Learning to Love:  Cumulative Variability in OXTR and CD38 Moderates the Positive Emotion Yield of Loving-kindness Training.

Author:  Barbara L. Fredrickson – Co-Author:  Suzannah F. Isgett, Sara B. Algoe

  1. Lessons from the ReSource project: Behavioral and brain changes in affective processing after a 9-month longitudinal mental training program

Author: Pauline Favre, Max Planck Institute – Co-Author: Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute

  1. Differentiating underlying mechanisms in Mindfulness and positive psychology interventions for social workers

Author: Rébecca Shankland – Co-authors: Damien Tessier, Julie Jacquet, Samuel Garnier, Ilios Kotsou


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Pistes novatrices de recherche en psychologie positive francophone

Chairman: Jacques Lecomte

1. L’apprenance : une ressource pour la résilience. Le cas des femmes ayant été victimes de violences

Author: Joanna Dupouy

2. Appreciative Inquiry et intervention positive dans les organisations

Author: Jean Christophe Barralis

3. Impacts multiples chez les élèves de la restauration de la motivation de sécurisation par les enseignants

Authors: Catherine Favre, Nathalie Augier et Daniel Favre


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Symposium: Flow research: conceptual advancements and applications

Chairmen: Marta Bassi & Jean Heutte

Discussant: Antonella Delle Fave

1. Proposal for a conceptual evolution of the flow in education (EduFlow) model.

Authors: Jean Heutte, Fabien Fenouillet, Charles Martin-Krumm, Ilona Boniwell, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

2. Flow metacognitions as predictors of flow in work

Authors: Giovanni B. Monet, Edith E. Wilson

3. Difficult but (ir)relevant? Physiological contributions on the relationship between flow and stress.

Authors: Corinna Peifer, Johanna S. Lehrich, Julia Ingwersen, Hartmut Schächinger, Conny H. Antoni

4. Not just flow: A cluster approach to daily experience fluctuation

Authors: Marta Bassi, Luca Negri, Lucia Ceja, José Navarro, Antonella Delle Fave



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 Meaning, engagement, and wellbeing: Positive Psychology at work 

Chairman: Lisa Vivoll Straume

1. Eudaimonia this and eudaimonia that: Can modern work-life learn anything from such an archaic concept?

Authors: Prof. Joar Vittersø and PhD student Benedicte Langseth-Eide, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

2. Setting the stage: Creating meaningful and engaging work environments

Authors: Senior advisor / MA Bente Kristin Malmo (Mind) and PhD / Academic Director Lisa Vivoll Straume (Mind)

3. Staging work engagement, strength-based leadership and simulation training in the Norwegian governmental company Enova

Authors: CEO Enova Nils Kristian Nakstad & Øyvind Husby


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Promoting children’s emotional wellbeing…for life

Chairman: llona Boniwell

1. From the start of school: Zippy’s Friends

Author: Caroline Egar

2. Reinforcing the skills in mid-primary years: Apple’s Friends

Author: Marion Panis

3. Implementing Personal Well-Being Lessons in the Anglophone and Francophone contexts

Authors: Ilona Boniwell, Laure Reynaud, Scholavie

This symposium is focused on a selected range of positive psychology programmes developed for educational context. Positive education is a new area that brings together the findings of positive psychology and education, with the aim of providing pupils with psychological knowledge and skills that can help them to live a life of flourishing and become more resilient by coping with problems in productive ways. This broad aim is often achieved by means of specific positive psychology interventions that have been developed and successfully implemented at schools in various countries, including but not limited to the USA, Australia, and the UK. One of the objectives of this presentation is to provide a general overview of the state-of-art evidence based interventions in education from an international perspective. Another, perhaps even more ambitious objective of this presentation is to offer a vision for future developments in positive education, respecting both the scientific foundations and cultural contexts.

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 Positive psychology and life span

Chairman: Colette Aguerre

1. Proactive coping and positive aging

Authors: David Delalu, Colette Aguerre

2. « ABCD – Atelier Bien-être et Coping envers la Douleur Chronique”: a workshop for chronic pain patients including positive interventions

Authors: Colette Aguerre, Morgiane Bridou, Rajaa Jourdy

3. Well-being and intergenerational approach

Authors: Catherine Giraudeau, Nathalie Bailly, L. Prouver


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Positive Psychology in Sports and Physical Activity

Chairman: Joan Duda

1. The relationship of motivational processes to the well-being of young athletes

Authors: Isabel Balaguer and Isabel Castillo

2. Assessment of the objective motivational climate in sport and it’s implications for optimal functioning

Authors: Damien Tessier and Philippe Sarrazin

3. Promoting optimal engagement in physical activity in at risk/patient groups

Author: Joan L. Duda


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Positive Psychology Interventions Efficacy and Effectiveness

Chairman: Antonia Csillik

1. Effects of Loving-kindness Meditation

Author: Barbara L. Fredrickson

2. Addressing Eudaimonic well-being across the life span by Well-being Therapy

Authors: Chiara Ruini, Elisa Albieri, Francesca Vescovelli and Giulia Cesetti

3. Positive psychology interventions for increasing well-being and adherence to treatments

Authors: Antonia Csillik, Marine Miglianico, Mélanie Bay-Smadja, Fabien Fenouillet

4. The Therapeutic Relationship as a key factor in recovering from Relational Trauma

Author: Zoe Chouliara


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Chairman: Felicia Huppert

1. The impact of the global financial crisis on flourishing across Europe

Author: Kai Ruggeri

2. Mindfulness Based Flourishing: Practical Wisdom in Modern Buddhism

Author: Francis Mckay

3. Engaging Communities: Improving Resilience and Wellbeing: Positive psychology in media based approaches

Author: Marten W. deVries


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Economy and Positive Psychology

Chairman: Claudia Senik

1. Teaching methods, non-cognitive skills and happiness. Evidence from matched teacher-pupil British data

Author: Sarah Fleche

2. Unemployment benefits and job satisfaction: evidence from Germany

Author: Alexandre Georgieff

3. Work-time duration and subjective wellbeing: evidence from a French reform

Author: Anthony Lepinteur


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Meaning, Strengh values and spiritual accomplishments

Chairman: Willibald Ruch

1. Meaning in the context of better living: evidence from daily experience sampling research

Author: Michael F. Steger, Colorado State University

2. Self-Transcendent Experience: A Potent Source of Spirituality and Meaning

Author: David Yaden, University of Pennsylvania

3.  Interventions on meaning in the realm of the Authentic Happiness-theory and extensions: Findings from two recent studies

Authors: Rene T. Proyer, Fabian Gander, Willibald Ruch from Halle University, Zurich University

Positive cultures of criticism: how positive psychology may learn from, and contribute to good criticism

Moderator: Hans Henrik Knoop

Participants: Dora Gudrun Gudmundsdottir, Jan Auke Walburg and more

We could not live without criticism. Criticism in the right context and form is nothing less than a precondition for wellbeing. It is the bedrock of democracy and trustworthy business life. It lies at the heart of any game, play, indeed any human activity worth mentioning if we take a close look at what’s going on when we interact in the world, constantly adapting to ever so slightly changing circumstances, learning from pain also. And it is the essence of scientific endeavor. No science could exist without proper critique of methodology and results.

However, critique is not to be confused with negativity, just like acceptance is not to be confused with positivity. Critique is just critique, yet it cannot function without its counterpart: openness. Critique and openness are complementary values in human interaction. Thus, democracy clearly depends on people being both open to one another’s viewpoints and skeptically reflecting on what they learn. Likewise, science will not work without combined openness towards new ideas and critical scrutiny of these ideas to weed out the bad ones. This goes for positive psychology as for all other branches of science.

Thus, interestingly on the one hand positive psychology has received criticism for not sufficiently accepting criticism, so to speak; while on the other positive psychology may indeed hold important keys to a better, indeed more positive (that is: effective and humane), culture of critique in the future.

This invited symposium, in the form of a round-table dialogue, will address both of these important aspects of criticism.

Firstly, it will focus on some of the most important criticism forwarded against positive psychology, on how this criticism has been answered by the field, and where we stand on the issues today.

Secondly, the psychology of criticism, and especially the potential for creating a culture of criticism, where criticism can be understood as not only a necessity but indeed as a gift, and where the all-too-well-known humiliation following critique is minimized to the least necessary, will be explored. Of special interest will be the contributions to this coming directly from research within positive psychology itself.

As preparation for the session, participants are encouraged to exercise three justified critiques to peers in ways that, without any doubt, leaves the criticized part grateful and warm. Have fun!

Positive Psychology and Heroism

Chairman & discussant: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

1. The Personal and Social Impact of Heroism: Stories of Elevation and Personal Transformation

Authors: Jeanne Nakamura, Laura Graham

2. Positively Deviant Heroes: Factors Influencing The Decision to Engage in and Sustain Social Heroism

Author: Michael Condren

3. Prosocial Disobedience Behaviours of Eminent Creators

Author: Izabela Lebuda


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