Dr. Allan B. I. Bernardo is Professor of Psychology at the University of Macau. Although trained in cognitive psychology (PhD Yale University), he currently maintains an active research program related to lay theories and intergroup relations, well-being in relational/collectivist societies, and socioeconomic differences and social mobility. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Asian Journal of Social Psychology (Wiley), and was President of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS), and Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP). He has published over 210 journal articles, book chapters, books and monographs. For his various contributions to psychology, he was given the Outstanding Psychologist Award by the PAP (2009) and was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Science and Technology (2007), among several other national and international awards.
Keynote Title and Abstract:
PSYCHOLOGY OF WELL-BEING: BEYOND THE HYPE, REAL OPPORTUNITIES, SOME DEAD ENDS
In the past 20 years, there has been a growing interest in the topic of well-being in psychology research and practice. As with many “fashionable ideas” in psychology, the hype surrounding positive psychology, happiness psychology, and other well-being topics has been accompanied by some misinformation, flawed research methodologies, and unrealistic expectations. In this lecture, I share an appreciative critique of some of the aspects of the science and practice of well-being. I will focus primarily on the different meanings of well-being as studied in psychology, and advocate definitions that link to broader cultural, social, and political considerations of well-being. I will hint at some of the approaches to the psychology of well-being that I see as unproductive, and point to the approaches to research and interventions that might be more relevant to nurturing and sustaining well-being in contemporary Philippine society.