Dr Christopher Peterson, Ph.DChristopher Peterson has been at the University of Michigan since 1986, where he is professor of psychology and organizational studies and former director of clinical training. He also holds an appointment as an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, in recognition of his contributions to teaching. Peterson is among the 100 most widely cited psychologists in the world. He is a member of the Positive Psychology Steering Committee, a consulting editor to the Journal of Positive Psychology, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Positive Psychology Book Series Editor for Oxford University Press. He is the author of A Primer in Positive Psychology, published in 2006 by Oxford University Press.

Dr Peterson will be presenting a keynote on Meaning and Mattering: Perspectives from Positive Psychology.

Presentation Abstract:

Meaning and Mattering: Perspectives from Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life worth living. Meaning is always included by positive psychologists as an element of the good life but actually figures importantly in all topics of substantive concern to positive psychology. Research is described that links meaning to life satisfaction, character strengths, resilience, and physical health. This talk addresses why positive psychology is more often identified as the study of happiness than the study of meaning and how this situation might be remedied.