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For Compassionate Relief

The Virtue of Virtue: Finding Happiness through Goodness

Tzu Chi Center  |  August 18, 2023
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For decades, psychology’s focus has been dealing with the negative parts of life. Escaping turmoil is important, but we are all entitled to more than just surviving. Spiritual practices have long been developing methods of living well. Now, it’s time for psychology to take some notes. 

In this installment of C.A.F.E. 229, we are honored to welcome Dr. David DeSteno. A Professor of Psychology and behavioral researcher, Dr. DeSteno spends his time finding concrete evidence of ways we can live a better, more fulfilling life.

Join us for this insightful hour dedicated to finding happiness in virtuosity, examining human behavior, and exploring how religion might actually help us live well. 

About Our Guest

David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. 

At the broadest level, his work examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape vice and virtue. Studying hypocrisy and compassion, pride and punishment, cheating and trust, his work continually reveals that human moral behavior is much more variable than most would predict.

David is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, for which he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion. His work has been repeatedly funded by the National Science Foundation and has been regularly featured in the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s Radiolab and On Point, and USA Today.

He is the author of How God Works, Emotional Success, The Truth About Trust, and co-author of The Wall Street Journal spotlight psychology bestseller Out of Character. He frequently writes about his work for major publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

David received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.

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