“Political Psychology” Kicks-off GRCC’s 2012 – 2013 Psychology Department Speaker Series

Dr. David Winter, Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, will be presenting at this first installment of the series, scheduled from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC).   All presentations are free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Frank Conner, head of the college’s psychology department, in his presentation Dr. Winter will provide an overview of how psychology can help individuals understand the political process.   “The timing of this topic could not be better,” said Conner.  “Dr. Winter will provide an in-depth perspective on the general problem of measuring psychological characteristics of leaders ‘at a distance’ primarily because psychologists lack direct access major political leaders and historical figures, and therefore cannot use traditional assessment techniques to study them.”

Dr. Winter will be discussing methods of measuring personality and motives to construct a personality portrait of a political leader, a method he will demonstrate on President Barack Obama, according to Conner.   “He’ll use this portrait to offer some interpretations of the Obama presidency and the upcoming 2012 election,” he said.



The remainder of the speaker series is as follows:

  • Monday, December 3 - Anger: Just One Letter Away From Danger!
    Judith Jankowski, Ed.S., GRCC Professor of Psychology
    Professor Jankowski will explore the anger response mechanism, anger management styles, as well as providing an emphasis on healthy ways for successful anger management.
  • Thursday, February 14 - Our Connection To Something Bigger: The Archetypes of C.G. Jung. Sandra Portko, Ph.D., GVSU Professor of Psychology
    Dr. Portko will present a lecture on archetypes as introduced by the Swiss psychologist Carl. G. Jung.
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Mental Toughness: The X-Factor in Sport and Life
    Edmund O’Connor, Ph.D., Fellow and Certified Consultant - Performance Excellence Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
    In this applied and practical session, attendees will develop the psychological edge to be better and more consistent than their opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident and in-control under pressure.

All presentations will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in room 168 at the GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC).  More information on the entire series can be found at www.grcc.edu/psychology.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties. 

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