The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue

Pages: 247
Item #: 4318082
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0807-4
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Copyright: 2010
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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.

Table of Contents





I. What Is Courage?

  1. Philosophical Roots of the Concept of Courage
    —Daniel Putman
  2. Folk Conceptualizations of Courage
    —Shane J. Lopez, Heather N. Rasmussen, William P. Skorupski, Kristin Koetting, Stephanie E. Petersen, and Ya-Ting Yang
  3. Defining the Features of Courage: A Search for Meaning
    —Christopher R. Rate
  4. 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

  1. Courage: A Psychological Perspective
    —S. J. Rachman
  2. The Courage to Be Authentic: Empirical and Existential Perspectives
    —Cooper R. Woodard
  3. The Courageous Mind-Set: A Dynamic Personality System Approach to Courage
    —Sean T. Hannah, Patrick J. Sweeney, and Paul B. Lester
  4. 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

  1. Courage in Combat
    —Dennis McGurk and Carl Andrew Castro
  2. Developing Courage in Followers: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
    —Paul B. Lester, Gretchen R. Vogelgesang, Sean T. Hannah, and Ted Kimmey, Jr.
  3. Understanding the Role of Courage in Social Life
    —Monica C. Worline

IV. Conclusion

  1. The Future of Courage Research
    —Cynthia L. S. Pury, Shane J. Lopez, and Melinda Key-Roberts


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Cynthia L. S. Pury, PhD, is an 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 also the director of the annual Gallup Well-Being Forum, which convenes scholars, leaders, and decision makers to discuss health care 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 an educational advisor for Discovery Television.