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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. Her latest book is Hiding in Plain Sight: Exploring Scotland's ill health. 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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Posted 02/08/2007

The book I’ve been writing has now been sent off to the printers and it will due out on the 27th August. One of the challenging things about writing a book is that your thinking (maybe even yourself) is different at the end of it than it was at the beginning of the project. In short, your interests, arguments, take on what you are writing about, have all changed and developed and somehow the book you have now finished doesn’t adequately reflect this. IT is tempting to think you have to keep reading and researching or making what you’ve written better. Perfectionists like these must find it difficult to ever produce a finished book or else take ages to complete. Fortunately I’m able to draw a line under things – to say that will do for the time being and I can reflect my new thinking in a future piece of work.

With the book now finished, we’re now turning our attention to a lot of new projects – especially events. Next week we’ve got David Myers – a world expert on happiness – give a lecture on his work. Then we’ve got an event on flourishing in old age happening in October. The keynote speaker at this conference is Corey Keyes. He is an interesting thinker – a sociologist who has strong ties with public health and psychology. Emily, our researcher, found a very interesting clip of him recently talking about inequalities in health and how they are different from what we often expect. You can access the lecture if you visit Emily’s news from the home page of the site.

Mid January we are fairly certain that we’ve got Tal Ben coming. He is the Positive Psychology lecturer at Harvard whose classes are proving so popular that his is the most subscribed course in Harvard’s history. He is by all accounts a most inspiring, and entertaining lecturer. We’ll post further information when we have it.

Over the next few months we’ll also be posting lots of new material on the website and I plan to get back to more regular blogging. So, as they say, stay tuned ….

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