Robert Biswas-Diener, Ph.D., is a researcher, coach, and adventurer with expertise in happiness and strengths psychology. He is author of 4 books including recently released Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success. Full bio.
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CASH PRIZE FOR COURAGE
Last chance to get enter nominations for an international prize!
General and Personal Courage
Interestingly, researchers distinguish between types of courage. Researcher Cynthia Pury and her colleagues draw a line between general courage– that which would be courageous if undertaken by anyone– and personal courage– those actions that are only courageous for a particular individual. While most of us are familiar with the physical bravado of soldiers, firefighters and mountain climbers, there is more to bravery than general courage. Personal courage, unlike general courage, is typically associated with the experience of fear and is considered brave because the individual is able to overcome a personal limitation. It is personal courage that we tend to overlook when thinking about this admirable strength.Nominate Someone Brave
The inspiring implication of Pury’s research is that we all have experience being courageous! You may not have jumped from an airplane or rushed into a burning building…… but chances are you have stuck up for an underdog, faced an uncomfortable medical procedure, or otherwise shown a brave face to the world. I am offering a grand prize of 250 dollars and two secondary prizes of iTunes gift cards ($100 value) to be awarded to highly courageous individuals.
It does not matter if they are soldiers or high school students, political activists or librarians, firefighters or office workers. Please nominate one or more individuals by writing 250 words or less about their acts of courage and including their contact information (an e-mail address is satisfactory). Nominations can be sent via e-mail to Robert Biswas-Diener.
Please help me give away money and recognize those who deserve it. Contact me with any questions.
DEADLINE: JULY 20, 2010 Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
The winning stories will be published around the end of July here in PPND and on Facebook and Twitter.
Pury, C., Kowalski, R. M. & Spearman, J. (2007). Distinctions between general and personal courage. Journal of Positive Psychology, 2, 99-114.
Biswas-Diener, R. (2012). The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. (Added later)