Podcast på engelska – Episode 265
“When the news is filled with war and climate change and other disasters, remaining hopeful about the future can feel impossible. But psychologists’ research has found that hope is not an unrealistic luxury, but a necessity. Jacqueline Mattis, PhD, of Rutgers University-Newark, and Chan Hellman, PhD, of the University of Oklahoma, discuss the difference between hope and optimism, why cultivating hope can help people facing adversity and trauma, and what all of us can do to find hope in trying and uncertain times”.
“Chan Hellman, PhD, is a professor and founding director of The Hope Research Center at the University of Oklahoma. He has published more than 80 research studies, and his research is focused on hope as a psychological strength for children, adults, and families experiencing trauma and adversity. He has cofounded Hope Rising Oklahoma along with First Lady Sarah Stitt in an effort to make Oklahoma a hope-centered state. He is also the coauthor of the book Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life, published by Morgan James”.
“Jacqueline Mattis, PhD, is dean of the school of arts and sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to that, she served as professor of psychology and associate department chair for diversity initiatives in the department of psychology at the University of Michigan. She came to her interest in hope through her research on the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of African American and Afro-Caribbean youth and adults. In particular she uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the factors that contribute to volunteerism, civic engagement, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, optimism, and positive parenting among urban-residing African American and Afro-diasporic people”.