Although courage has been widely celebrated throughout recorded history, social scientists are just beginning to explore this complex human strength. What is courage and can it be developed? What are the different types of courage?
From the mundane to the most heroic feats, this book synthesizes recent advances in our understanding of the psychology of courageous actions and related prosocial behaviors. Twelve chapters examine the meaning of courage, basic research on the psychological mechanisms of courage, and practical applications of courage research to organizational leadership, military psychology, and society at large.
This book will appeal to emotion researchers, social psychologists, positive psychologists, I/O psychologists, military psychologists, and graduate students in these areas.
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—Cynthia L. S. Pury and Shane J. Lopez
I. What is Courage?
The Philosophical Roots of the Concept of Courage
Folk Conceptualizations of Courage
—Shane J. Lopez, Heather N. Rasmussen, William P. Skorupski, Kristin Koetting, Stephanie Petersen, and Ya-Ting Yang
Defining the Features of Courage: A Search for Meaning
—Christopher R. Rate
Is Courage an Accolade or a Process? A Fundamental Question for Courage Research
—Cynthia L. S. Pury and Charles B. Starkey
II. Basic Research and Theory
Courage: A Psychological Perspective
—S. J. Rachman
The Courage to be Authentic: Empirical and Existential Perspectives
The Courageous Mindset: A Dynamic Personality System Approach to Courage
—Sean T. Hannah, Patrick J. Sweeney, and Paul B. Lester
What is Moral Courage? Definition, Explication and Classification of a Complex Construct
—Silvia Osswald, Tobias Greitemeyer, Peter Fischer, and Dieter Frey
III. Applied Research and Theory
Courage in Combat
—Dennis McGurk and Carl Andrew Castro
Developing Courage in Followers: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
—Paul B. Lester, Gretchen R. Vogelgesang, Sean T. Hannah, and Ted Kimmey
Understanding the Role of Courage in Social Life
—Monica C. Worline
The Future of Courage Research
—Cynthia L. S. Pury, Shane J. Lopez, and Melinda Key-Roberts
About the Editors:
Cynthia L. S. Pury is associate professor of psychology at Clemson University. Trained as a clinician specializing in anxiety disorders, she comes to courage research with a background in cognitive theories of emotion, particularly fear and anxiety. Her current research focuses on developing a psychological model of courage, with the ultimate aim of developing courage-promotion strategies for use in clinical/counseling, medical, and organizational settings. She teaches positive psychology, personality, abnormal psychology, and research methods.
Shane J. Lopez, PhD, Senior Scientist in Residence, is an architect of the Gallup Student Poll. A measure of hope, engagement, and well-being, the Student Poll taps into the hearts and minds of American students to determine what drives achievement.
Dr. Lopez is the director of the annual Gallup Well-Being Forum, which convenes scholars, leaders, and decision makers to discuss healthcare and global well-being. He also serves as the Research Director for the Clifton Strengths School.
Dr. Lopez has published more than 100 articles and chapters and seven books, including Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People and The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology. With C. R. Snyder, he published Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, which won the Sage Press Book of the Year Award; Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures; and The Handbook of Positive Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and educational advisor for Discovery Television.