Ed Diener, Ph.D. is the Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois. He received his doctorate at the University of Washington in 1974, and has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois for the past 36 years. Dr. Diener was the president of both the International Society of Quality of Life Studies and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as of the International Positive Psychology Association. Diener was the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the editor of Journal of Happiness Studies. He is the founding editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. Diener has about 300 publications, with about 200 being in the area of the psychology of well-being. Indeed, Professor Diener’s research focuses on the measurement of well-being; temperament and personality influences on well-being; theories of well-being; income and well-being; and cultural influences on well-being. Recently he has been studying the effects of subjective well-being on health and effective functioning.
I was privileged to attend this Second World Congress in Philadelphia during July of 2011. I recorded Dr. Diener’s opening keynote on my iPhone and later received his verbal permission to reproduce it here. Because it was recorded on an iPhone from my seat in the audience, the audio quality is less that regular listeners to Shrink Rap Radio have come to expect but is quite intelligible. Unfortunately, I missed the first few words but you should be able to get into the flow of it fairly quickly. By the way, the sound will get better after the first few minutes. So do keep listening. Also, Dr. Diener was kind enough to also allow me to upload his presentation slides to the SRR site (click here). You’ll definitely get more out of this by viewing those as you listen.
Also, included in this episode, are a few of the interviews I conducted with other presenters and attendees. I hope these will help convey the diversity and excitement of the event.
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