Positive Links Speaker Series
Affirming the Self to Reduce Conflict, Stress, and Underperformance
October 22, 2018
Free and open to the public
Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor
Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara
About the talk
Self-affirmations can be powerful tools to attenuate threats to the self that emerge from the stressors of organizational life. When people are given opportunities to affirm core values and relationships, they are more responsive to otherwise difficult information. Drawing on decades of experimental and field studies, Sherman will present research on how, when, and why self-affirmations can lead to more adaptive outcomes, and the implications for organizational outcomes.
David Sherman is a professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a social and health psychologist whose research centers on how people cope with threatening events and information. He is Editor at the Personality and Social Psychology Review and is the president of the International Society for Self and Identity. Sherman’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.
Julia Lee, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
The Center for Positive Organizations thanks University of Michigan Organizational Learning, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Lisa and David (MBA ’87) Drews, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2018-19 Positive Links Speaker Series.