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Named one of the top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, Jonathan Haidt is among the world’s top experts on the psychology of morality and politics. His work can help leaders and organizations improve their cultures, elevate their ethics, and engage their employees’ passions.
We are all so good at finding fault with others and at rebutting the faults others find in us. Our “righteous minds” lead us into endless conflicts, which damage relationships, happiness and group cohesion. Moral psychology can therefore help almost any organization function more effectively, and Jonathan Haidt’s 25 years of groundbreaking research has illuminated the moral mind and revealed the nature of moral conflicts. Haidt reports this research in his New York Times best seller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. In Haidt’s talks, he has helped the U.S. Military Academy improve its honor code, helped law firms improve their ability to connect with juries, helped political organizations improve their messaging, and helped many firms rethink their approach to ethics and compliance. Haidt is a professor of ethical leadership at New York University Stern School of Business. He has won four teaching awards, given three TED talks, and presented his ideas at the World Economic Forum and on The Colbert Report.
TED: Religion, Evolution and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence
TED: The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives
TED: Can a Divided America Heal?
Finding Happiness Using Ancient Wisdom and Modern Psychology
In addition to his work in moral psychology, Jonathan Haidt is one of the leading researchers in the field of positive psychology—the scientific study of human flourishing. His first book, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, is a classic in that field. In this crowd-pleasing talk, Haidt lays out the ideas of the ancients on the causes of human happiness and then applies modern research to identify where the ancients were right, and where they went wrong. It turns out that happiness doesn’t just come from within, or from reducing attachments to the world, as many ancient philosophers advised. For modern people, happiness comes from deep attachments and engagements—with other people, with work and with something larger than themselves.
Politics and Polarization
How to Work with Righteous Minds
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (opens in a new tab)
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