Piers Worth

Piers Worth
Buckinghamshire New University | bucks · Department of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
A review of the literature in self-transcendence with the intention of updating and summarising existing literature.

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This is an abbreviated version of the PP Post Pandemic Presentation given at the INPM Conference in August 2021. There are small differences to the larger presentation to support the shortened version, .
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We all have some experience of ‘shame’. Erik Erikson, creator of the life cycle, proposes the experience will sit in a developmental polarity that is our capacity for autonomy and choice, in contrast with the constraint of shame. Successfully navigating this polarity results in an emerging strength of ‘will’ as an outcome of this struggle. This cha...
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“Self-transcendence” is proposed as a way in which individuals might find relief and support in the context of COVID-19, as well as other times of uncertainty. However, the authors propose that the multiple definitions of self-transcendence within existing literature lean towards the complex, sometimes obscure, and imprecisely spiritual. A concern...
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Slides from a presentation first offered as a guest lecture at the University of Northampton (March 2021) and subsequently as a Centre for Positive Psychology - LIVE session (April 2021).
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Background: Laughter is a socially bonding form of communication seen in all humans. Deep breathing is a way of controlling parasympathetic nervous system activity, introducing a sense of calm. In 1995, a medical doctor in India combined laughter, generated through exercises not reliant on humour, and yogic breathing as laughter yoga, designed to a...
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The journey of positive psychology becoming an established discipline (approximately 20 years) has seen both theoretical and empirical attention given to identity level, cognitive, behavioural and perceptual ways in which the 'best in us' can be identified and developed via what have come to be called 'positive psychology interventions' (PPIs). How...
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This paper explores how childhood and life experiences over time influence the appearance, recognition, development, and growth of creativity within individual lives. This is based on analysis of Ph.D. research data (Worth, 2000) and a case study in progress on the life of C. S. Lewis. The paper indicates contributions from influential adults and m...
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A presentation to the Bucks New University Research Student Conference, June 2019.
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This article will share the preliminary findings from a wider and ongoing interpretive synthesis of narrative identity literature. First, we provide the analogy of Dante’s journey through the ‘inferno’ to contextualize the review. Second, we share interpretations of literature pertaining to how life stories create meaning and suggest polarity might...
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Virtual Reality (VR) offers exciting new opportunities for teaching psychology, such as the chance to explore questions, phenomena, perspectives and experiences it would be difficult or impossible to observe in the real world or classroom. As VR technology develops, its potential to provide a multi-modal sensory experience may lead to even more imm...
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This chapter formed the opening chapter of a key text on 'critical' positive psychology, by reviewing the relationship between the disciplines of 'critical psychology' and 'positive psychology'.
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Proceedings of papers presentaed at the 3rd Applied Positive Psychology Symposium at Bucks New University, Saturday 20th May 2017
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This book is focused on positive psychology interventions (PPIs) in practice. This chapter advocates that we pause ahead of looking at PPI themselves and consider that any positive psychology practitioner seeking to facilitate an intervention with others, should recognise that the first intervention they bring is their own self—the qualities of att...
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Positive psychology interventions have been shown to have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing (see, for example, Bolier et al., 2013 for a review). These interventions may include, for example, gratitude journals, mindfulness practices, and cultivating optimism. However, to date there has been little research directly examining the impact of su...
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Proceedings of papers presented at 2nd Applied Positive Psychology Symposium, Saturday 21st May 2016.
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Traditionally, criminologists have used psychology to understand and reduceviolence by focusing on the negative traits that lead people to crime. This approach isencapsulated in the Risk Need Responsivity (RNR) model of rehabilitation, which is nowbeing challenged at practical, policy, political and financial levels internationally. TheGood Lives M...
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Universities are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students. For providers of professional courses, in this case pre-registration nursing, this requirement is perceived to pose significant challenges. In part this is due to the nature of the course, where practice learning is a central component and therefore clinical hands-on ex...
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This thesis is based around a biographic study of the lives of 40 individuals (24 men and 16 women) with a reputation for creative work in a localised context (such as an organisation). The study examines life span development patterns from birth to middle age (45 - 60 years of age) with data gained by biographic interview and thematic analysis. Pa...

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This project is intended to investigate the nature and psychological impact of out-of-body-experiences along with how these elements, perhaps, crossover and intertwine. The overall approach of the project will be to explore a reimagining of the out-of-body experience (OBE) through several interrelated processes. These being: (1). The reorganisation of the literature from numerous fields into one coherent and connective work. (2). The modernisation of OBE literature through synthesising recent academic literature from several fields with notable previous work. (3). From the reorganisation and modernisation of the literature explore fruitful research to move the academic understanding of OBEs forward; with an approach that seeks to explore relationships between the nature of the experience and its psychological outcomes. It is intended that parts of this project will contribute to original doctoral work, however, it is hoped that the project will lead to multiple papers and collaborative research efforts. For those interested in knowing more about this possible reimagining of OBEs, please get in touch. Further, Ross Bartlett and Dr. Matthew Smith will be giving a presentation on the subject at the Society for Psychical Research on July 18th, 2019.