Wednesday, February 20th 2019
8:00pm to 9:00pmEST
Topic: Distal and Proximal Predictors of Daily Compassionate Action
Myriam Mongrain is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at York University. Professor Mongrain was born in Quebec and is fluently bi-lingual. She is a graduate of McGill University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California at Davis. She is an active clinician and researcher. Her research has focused on the role of emotional dependence and self-criticism in the occurrence of major depression and ways to ameliorate these personality traits. Recently, she has looked at positive psychology and examined the effect of interventions such as the practice of compassion, gratitude and optimism in large community samples. These interventions have been administered online and found effective in reducing depression. She has been looking for lawful relationships between individual difference variables and resilience boosting exercises.
Major Objectives of Presentation:
Major Objectives of Presentation: The literature suggests universal tendencies towards prosocial behavior. “Born to be good” (Goetz, Keltner, & Simon-Thomas, 2010; Keltner, 2009), biological and environmental theories have emphasized an innate capacity for human goodness (e.g. Wilson, 2015; Zaki & Mitchell, 2013). Yet findings in the literature also suggest important variations among individuals in the propensity for compassionate responding. This presentation will discuss distal predictors (e.g. personality traits associated with deficits in prosociality), and proximal (i.e. situational parameters) associated with compassionate action. The content will also include facilitative skills (e.g. feeling safe, high self-efficacy and high autonomy) empirically associated with these responses. Illustrations using preliminary results of a study using ecological momentary assessment platform capitalizing on smart phone technology will be presented.