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  • A pathway to wisdom in the face of adversity: Type of self-reflection matters

    Igor Grossmann, Anna Dorfman, & David Moscovitch / January 7, 2019

    Open-mindedness, humility, and empathy represent key character strengths for the virtue of wisdom1–3. There is a longstanding view that such aspects of wisdom may develop by accumulating critical life experience. In particular, various theories suggest that wisdom-related character strengths develop by mastering adversity1,4,5. At the same time, mechanisms through which experience of adversity produces growth […]

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  • Exploring Character Growth in Young Adults Who Seek or Have Refugee Status

    Joanne Chung, Jennifer Stellar, and Renee Zonneveld / December 5, 2018

    Presently, almost 6 million people have refugee status worldwide, with more than 1.2 million people seeking asylum in Europe alone. In the Netherlands, many of these individuals are young adults of Syrian origin who have faced immense social, economic, and psychological hardship, and may continue to do so as they resettle in their host country. […]

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  • Could Adversity Increase Open-Mindedness?

    Marie Forgeard / November 5, 2018

    According to anecdotal reports and past research, many people perceive that going through significant hardship changed their outlook on life by opening their minds up to new possibilities for their lives. Whether they started new initiatives or activities, changed jobs, or became more receptive to new perspectives, people report feeling compelled to question long-held assumptions […]

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  • Do daily experiences in romantic relationships shape our personality?

    Katie Turner, Laura Blackie, & Kate McLean / October 11, 2018

    Human beings are story tellers. We create stories both to entertain others and to give our own lives a sense of meaning and coherence across time and context. Research into the life stories we tell about our experiences has shown that this process is important for identity formation and for making sense of our experiences, […]

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  • What are the ingredients of adversity? Examining characteristics of adverse events as predictors of character growth

    Ina Fassbender & Maike Luhmann / September 24, 2018

    Which kinds of adversities are associated with character growth, and which ones are not? Are there certain adverse life events that lead to character growth? Our research project focuses on event characteristics such as the predictability of a life event or the perceived influence an individual has on a certain life event. The aim of […]

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