December 6, 2023

The mission of the MAPP Journal is first to maintain College of Pennsylvania Grasp of Utilized Constructive Psychology Program (MAPP) alumni linked, and second to share the big selection of our purposes of constructive psychology with a broader viewers to encourage collaboration and progress within the subject.  

This situation of MAPP Journal offers with the theme of Civic Engagement. Please learn on to search out hyperlinks to articles about how volunteering to assist run elections can improve well-being, and the constructive psychology abilities helpful in a local weather the place ballot employees are threatened; how constructive psychology might be utilized to method discussions with adherents of extremist teams in order that interventions should not perceived as private assaults; and the way members of a neighborhood can use strengths to make connections and facilitate curious conversations amongst these with opposing political beliefs.  

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Supporting Democracy as a Volunteer Election Judge

What’s it wish to function an elections volunteer in these risky occasions? Learn what Karen Deppa, C’15 has to say about her function as a chief election choose and the constructive psychology tenets that fortify her by means of lengthy days of affected person work.

Karen additionally shares strengths wanted to cope with the darkish facet of our participatory type of authorities amidst harassment and threats directed on the folks like her who give their time to maintain our democracy. Regardless of these circumstances, Karen feels extra dedicated to this work than ever earlier than, and says of her function: “It’s not essentially enjoyable, and at occasions might be downright irritating, however general, I discover it immensely fulfilling.”

Wall with message "It is a call to accept differences."

Positive Psychology and White Christian Nationalism

Arthur Fullerton, C’08 examines the rise of white Christian nationalism within the U.S. and the rise in extremism across the globe. He explores the function of shortage and stuck mindsets that give rise to radical conduct.

Then Arthur slips on his constructive psychology hat to disclose how the science we love presents helpful methods of connecting with extremists. He explains, “. . .constructive psychology might be so useful in reframing the phrases of debate so interventions aren’t perceived as private assaults.” 

Learn Arthur’s methods for constructing bridges utilizing the virtues of constructive psychology.

Using Positive Psychology to Connect in Polarized Times

Kathy Snyder, C’10 is the Midland Space Wellbeing Coalition Coordinator and in 2020 she labored straight with MAPP college students whose service studying undertaking aimed to foster civil dialog and improved connections in her neighborhood. Their undertaking supplied coaching packages to assist neighborhood leaders promote civility and stay curious when discussing opposing viewpoints.

On this article, Kathy candidly shares how her personal political attitudes undermined an essential relationship in her life—and what occurred when she let her character strengths of curiosity, kindness, love, and humor break by means of.

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