Mruk reaches new audiences with psychology blog, book
Dr. Christopher Mruk, professor of teaching excellence at Bowling Green State University and faculty member at BGSU Firelands College, is well-known in academic circles for his scholarship in the areas of positive psychology, humanistic psychology and authentic self-esteem. Now Mruk has branched out into new formats to share the concepts he has researched and written about over his career with general audiences as well as practitioners.
In addition to a new book published by Oxford University Press, he has been invited by Psychology Today to write a monthly blog on authentic self-esteem and its relationship to well-being. In his posts, he translates his decades of research into understandable terms, addressing such topics as the difference between authentic self-esteem and just feeling good about oneself, identifying the sources of authentic self-esteem in everyday life, and how self-esteem works in relationships. Later posts will explain the role authentic self-esteem plays in fostering well-being and how to increase it.
Mruk said he is enjoying the refreshing challenge of writing the blog posts, which are much shorter and condense ideas into simpler terms.
“I like being able to apply my scholarly work to everyday life,” he said. “The writing is more exciting while being useful. The posts do include some references to academic works but there’s less attention to presenting the research the ideas are founded on and more attention on conveying them to a lay audience in clear, concise ways.”