Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Hans Henrik Knoop

Flourishing through transitions: how positive psychology promotes sustainable change for individuals and communities

Publikation: KonferencebidragKonferenceabstrakt til konferenceForskningpeer review

The world is changing with or without us. And like all life, through evolution our species are adapted genetically to this. The special endowments of humans include intelligence and emotions, as capacities to change by learning, creating and collaborating at a level beyond any other known lifeform on Earth. Change is not only a universal, environmental condition. It is in our own nature to change in order to feel alive. We habituate; thus, no change equals no experience. Every conceivable satisfaction precludes motivation for change. From the smallest things, like satisfying thirst or browsing the internet, to every dream of improving the world. No change, no fun. So why do people so often resist change? The general, psychological answers include anxiety (too much change already) and lack of meaning (pointless change for no good). People who are already overwhelmed seek stability before they seek further change. And people who do not find change meaningful will work to avoid it. A key question thus becomes, how we can think, act and organize in ways that make for interesting, life-confirming, psychologically sustainable, ecological change? Change that does not undermine the viability and vitality of individuals, nor of communities? Is it even possible? Today, along with related fields of inquiry, Positive Psychology contributes in answering these questions, across domains and at scales that go far beyond what psychology has traditionally been concerned with. It now informs and inspires economy, politics, journalism, education, health, countless workplaces and other human fora, and it is our academic and professional duty to do what we can to ensure that it is all for the better. In this keynote address, Hans Henrik Knoop offers an overview of how insights from Positive Psychology may applied in education, work life and journalism in ways that may avoid many of the predictable barriers against it forwarded by professional interest groups, traditional dogma and bureaucracies. This is exemplified by three national studies on well-being (Knoop, Holstein, Viskum & Moon, 2016, 2017, 2018) in Danish schools, focused on boredom, community and optimism, each based on data from more than a quarter million pupils.
Udgivelsesår27 jun. 2018
StatusUdgivet - 27 jun. 2018
Begivenhed9th European Conference on Positive Psychology - Budapest, Ungarn
Varighed: 27 jun. 201830 jun. 2018
Konferencens nummer: 9


Konference9th European Conference on Positive Psychology


  • Positive Psychology, flourishing

Se relationer på Aarhus Universitet Citationsformater

ID: 134157232