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Is There an Advantage to Unstable Self-Esteem?
A Dynamical Systems Perspective on Self


Presented by Dr. Susan L. Wiese
Dr. Susan L. Wiese

  Adjunct Professor in Psychology ~ Florida Atlantic University  
12, BS-101                                  561-768-3626  
Boca Raton, Fl     
 Presentation Overview and Academic Highlights 
Presentation Overview
The popular media have made much of the notion that women may have more threats to their self-esteem than men.  Dr. Wiese did not find such gender differences.  Her research shows that people vary in how much their self-esteem changes over time (self-esteem stability) and that this has implications for well-being. The literature on self-esteem stability generally emphasizes the benefits of stable self-esteem compared to the problems associated with unstable self-esteem. Her research, however, examines a possible downside to stability by presenting evidence that having a stable self-esteem may impede the ability to adapt to changes in one’s social environment.

Academic Highlights
August 2010 Dr. Wiese completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. She completed her M.A. (2005) and B.S. (2003) degrees in Psychology at Radford University, Radford, Virginia.

Research. In both of her graduate studies programs, Dr. Wiese has been an enthusiastic researcher on the frontiers of knowledge. This commitment and dedication is reflected in her research with Robin R. Vallacher and Andrzej Nowak in Dynamical Social Psychology
at Florida Atlantic University, and at Radford University with Jeffery Aspelmeier and Ann Elliott in research on attachment, social support and psychological well-being.

Teaching. Though only recently having completed her Doctorate, Dr. Wiese has an extensive background in teaching: see Susan Wiese .  She was a graduate teaching assistant in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University from 2006 to 2009, and a graduate teaching fellow in Psychology at Radford University (2004-2005).  This background supports a considerable range and depth in teaching: Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Research Method, Social and Personality Psychology.

Consulting. Dr. Wiese is currently a grant writing partner with Intracoastal Grant Writing for local area nonprofits. Her seven years of professional experience provide the background and skills important in bringing together foundation and corporate donors with like-minded agencies.
Date ~ Location ~ Time
Friday, October 22nd, 2010  ~ Hurlburt 249/250 ~ 2:00 to 3:00pm
Admission is Free  ~ The Public is Invited

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