Keynote Speakers

kobusProf. Dr. Kobus Maree

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Keynote Title: “Connecting past ‘stories’ with present ‘realities’ to design a purposeful future”

Abstract. A high premium is placed on the ability to deal effectively with transitions in a rapidly changing world (driven by Work/ Industry 4.0 (the 4th Industrial revolution)). Many people currently feel insecure and are denied the opportunity to find meaning, purpose, and hope in their lives. Education and Psychology practitioners are obliged to re-examine their theory and practice to devise practicable strategies in search of helping people to rediscover a sense of meaning, purpose, and hope in an uncertain world.

The outcomes of two research projects are elaborated in this paper. A qualitative→/+quantitative paradigm is utilized to examine what is happening in society and in the workplace especially. The findings demonstrate the importance of understanding contextual challenges and embracing newer ideas such as (career and) self-construction and life design in addition to traditional approaches. To promote autobiographicity and narratability, helping people connect what they (often subconsciously) know about their past with what they (consciously) are aware of presently is key. The aim is to draw on reflection and reflexivity to help them create new and different meanings about themselves and arrive at a ‘deeper’ understanding of ‘who they are’, ‘why they are here’, and ‘what their ‘destiny’ in life is.

Connecting what people (often subconsciously) know about their past with what they (consciously) are aware of presently in the manner described here provides educationists and psychologists with a theoretically sound and practically viable strategy and conceptual framework to address the needs of people encountering meaning-, purpose-, and hope-related challenges in their lives.

Prof. Dr. Aysun Tülay Bozkurt
Ayvansaray University, Department of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey

Keynote Title: “Empirical Validation of a Reference Model: Wholistic Well-being”

Abstract: Well-being is a complex construct with a growing interest of multidisciplinary approaches. Traditionally research on well-being has been derived from two general perspectives: the hedonic approach, which focuses on happiness and defines well-being in terms of pleasure attainment and pain avoidance; and the eudaimonia approach, which focuses on six distinct aspects of human actualization: autonomy, personal growth, self-acceptance, life purpose, mastery, and positive relatedness. These two views have given rise to different research foci and a body of knowledge that is in some areas divergent and in others complementary. An increasing number of scholars on the other hand call attention to political, and socio-cultural issues as another subdimension of wellbeing wherein the state protects and promotes equity and public responsibility and makes broader investments (e.g., health care, education, social services) to provide its citizens with more protections from social, economic, and political hardships. At individual level, wellbeing has been empirically found highly correlated with some personality characteristics prevalently negatively correlated with neurotic and positively correlated with extroversion.

This study attempts to provide an empirical evidence for a holistic model of wellbeing proposed by the researcher. The model integrates hedonic (subjective wellbeing), eudemonic (psychological functioning) societal and personality elements of wellbeing to construe a broader construct called “wholistic wellbeing”. In order to drive societal issues that might impact wellbeing, a worries of sources scale were developed by the researcher primarily through an emic study followed by efa and cfa. A sample of 868 subjects –selected on convenience base via a website setup- completed a packet of questionnaires that assessed positive and negative emotions, life satisfaction (hedonic wellbeing) personality scale (extraversion, neurotic), psychological wellbeing, happiness and sources of worries for the measurement of the model. Structural equation modelling (SEM) indicated that holistic wellbeing is a construct consisted of happiness and psychological functioning while subjective wellbeing, personality characteristics and societal issues are significant contributors.

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Prof. Dr. Konrad Janowski

University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw
Editor-in-Chief, Advances in Cognitive Psychology

Keynote Title: “University of Economics and Human Scşences in Warsaw Editor in Chief, Advances in Cognitive psychology”

Dr. Sadaf Ahmed

CEO, Advance Educational Institute and Research Centre: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Assistant Professor of Department of Physiology, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Keynote Title: “Psychophysiology of Stress and Pain”