Friday, March 13, 2015
1-2 PM Eastern Time
Our Words Say More Than We Know
Guests: James Pennebaker and Judi Neal
Words can hurt, heal, or reveal. What does our everyday language suggest about our personalities? What do our words say about how we deal with power, stress, adversity, joy, curiosity and happiness? The way we choose and use words isn’t always deliberate but it can tell more about us than we realize. Join this informative conversation!
James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts in the
Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD
in 1977. His earlier work explored the links between traumatic experiences, expressive writing, and physical and mental health. His studies found that physical health and work performance can improve by simple writing and/or talking exercises. His most recent research focuses on the nature of language in the real world. The words people use can be powerful reflections of their personality and social worlds. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us, and Expressive Writing: Words that Heal, which he wrote with John F. Evans. Dr. Pennebaker has written more than 250 articles, and received numerous awards and honors. His scientific work is among the most cited in all of psychology, psychiatry, and the social sciences
Dr. Judi Neal is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Edgewalkers International. She was the founding director of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. Judi is recognized as an expert on spirituality in the workplace and speaks and consults internationally. She received her PhD from Yale in Organizational Behavior. In 1988 Judi began teaching management at the University of New Haven. She focused her research on business leaders who have a strong commitment to their faith and spirituality, and began studying how they bridged the spiritual world and the material world of business. That led to her research on people she calls “Edgewalkers.”
Judi authored the book Edgewalkers: People and Organizations that Take Risks, Build Bridges and Break New Ground; co-authored The Spirit of Project Management with Alan Harpham; and is editor of the Handbook of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace. She recently published her fourth book titled Creating Enlightened Organizations: Four Gateways to Spirit at Work. She has published widely in academic journals and has created an international community of Edgewalkers. One of her deepest spiritual practices is songwriting and singing, and she has produced a CD titled The Journey.