Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.
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I know I have been silent for a while but itís because Iíve been up to my elbows in writing. I feel I have been sitting at keyboard for months now or pouring over books. Anyway, the end is now in sight. Weíve set the publication date for the book Iím writing for people working in education on creating confident individuals for the 29th August. Iíve been asked to talk at the book festival in Edinburgh so that seemed like a good date for the launch.
Things have been going very well for the Centre. Since my last blog I went to Warwick to the first Centre for Applied Positive Psychology conference at Warwick University. People from over 24 countries attended so I was really honoured to be asked to give the opening address about the Centreís work. I chose to start talking about the potential parallels between Positive Psychology and what was achieved by the Scottish Enlightenment. I also presented the new model of confidence which the Centre has devised and explained how it was different from the focus on self-esteem. There was much interest in this. Iíll write something about it soon in a future blog.
The other interesting development for the Centre in recent weeks was that a journalist from GQ magazine called John Marchese came over to Scotland to find out about the work the are doing here. He interviewed Martin Seligman a few years ago and he mentioned the interest in his work in Scotland so John had always harboured a desire to come and follow up with us. He turned up at Warwick and then came to Scotland for a few days. He met up with people from a few projects that we have some involvement with or will do in the near future.
Of course, we have also been laying the plans for the Psychology of Success event with Carol Dweck in June. There is lots of interest in this already and we have lots of bookings. Iím a great admirer of Dweckís work. It is so simple and yet so important. Her notion of the fixed mindset is exactly what I see in spades in Scotland and which I struggled in my book to pin down. We donít want this to be a one-off event but hope to get some projects going as a result of the conference. Weíve now got Graham Donaldson, the Chief Inspector of Education in Scotland to agree to be on the education panel at the event who can ask Professor Dweck questions.
Anyway, this is enough for a holiday Monday. Particularly since Iíve typed more words this week than I care to think about.
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