The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By by Dan McAdams
Dan McAdams, author of The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By
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The following are links to stories published in the SESP News Center or links to other publicatons relating to the work of Dan McAdams.

Huffington Post: Dan McAdams Explains Importance of Life Stories
“The stories we tell ourselves about our lives don’t just shape our personalities –- they are our personalities," professor Dan McAdams tells the Huffington Post. He explains what your “life story” really says about you.

Prodigal Son: Dan McAdams Releases New Book about George Bush
In his new book George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream, Professor Dan McAdams analyzes Bush's distinct personality as central to his decision to invade Iraq.

New Yorker Review of Bush's Memoir Cites Dan McAdams's New Book
George Packer's review of Decision Points in the New Yorker points out that professor Dan McAdams's new book George Bush and the Redemptive Dream portrays September 11 experience as the geopolitical version of Bush's personal story of redemption and mission.

Washington Post: Dan McAdams Blogs about What Bush Left Out of His Book
Professor Dan McAdams, whose new book is George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream, blogs in the Washington Post about the former president's story of redemption and the key elements of "real drama" that he left out of Decision Points.

McAdams’s Book The Redemptive Self Has Innovative New Web Site
The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By, the acclaimed book by professor Dan McAdams, now has a new web site, with the entire contents of the book available online.

L. A. Times: Dan McAdams's Research Reveals Why People Believe
Columnist Gregory Rodriguez in the Los Angeles Times asserts that Dan McAdams's study aimed at finding out about the religious sources of political leanings got at something deeper: why people believe.

Dan McAdams Studies Liberal, Conservative Differences on Religion
Political conservatives operate out of a fear of chaos and absence of order while political liberals operate out of a fear of emptiness, according to research by SESP professor Dan McAdams reported in the Journal of Research in Personality.

UPI Reports Dan McAdams's Study of Liberal, Conservative Religious Differences
Professor Dan McAdams's study that asked "What if there were no God?" found that politically liberal Christians worried about emptiness while politically conservative Christians worried about chaos.

Boston Globe Reports on McAdams's Study 'What If There Were No God?'
A study by professor Dan McAdams and PhD student Michelle Albaugh, being published in Journal of Research and Personality, studies how politically conservative and liberal Christians imagine their lives without faith.

New Long-Term Study Examines Midlife Adult Development
Professor Dan McAdams is launching a new longitudinal study of midlife adults, the Foley Longitudinal Study of Adulthood. The study will examine a wide range of psychological, social and cultural factors, with an emphasis on how people’s life stories change in late midlife.

Dan McAdams Comments on the 'Boomerang Generation'
An article in the Chicago Redeye quotes Dan McAdams about the trend of more twentysomethings moving back home. McAdams explains reasons for the phenomenon.

McAdams a Featured Speaker at Chicago Humanities Festival on Nov. 3
Dan McAdams, professor of human development and social policy at the School of Education and Social Policy, will explain the surprising role of the stories Americans tell about their lives during his presentation on “America’s Redemptive Storehouse” at the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 3.

McAdams's Research Cited in N. Y. Times Article on Birth Order
Generative adults tell similar stories about their lives, according to research by SESP professor Dan McAdams. The New York Times refers to McAdams's research, pointing out that adults' stories may include overcoming a label from childhood.

N. Y. Times Quotes Dan McAdams on Today's Mother-Daughter Relationships
A New York Times article reports on the current phenomenon of daughters staying in closer touch with their mothers. SESP professor Dan McAdams comments on the implications.

Dan McAdams Tells N.Y. Times Role of Life Stories in Personality
The life story that people themselves tell about who they are shapes their behavior and personality, says professor Dan McAdams, explaining his research findings in a New York Times feature article.

Dan McAdams's Research Finds Family Stories Provide Inspiration
Highly productive adults tend to draw inspiration from family stories about relatives who ultimately prevailed over hardships, says SESP professor Dan McAdams, who is quoted in a Chicago Tribune article.

McAdams Wins 2006 APA Book Award
The American Psychological Association awarded Professor Dan McAdams as its 2006 William James Book Award for The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By.

Dan McAdams Honored with Sarbin Award
The American Psychological Association awarded SESP professor of human development and social policy Dan McAdams its Theodore Sarbin Award for 2006.

New Books by Spillane, McAdams Released
Two books by SESP professors were recently published — Distributed Leadership by James Spillane and Identity and Story by Dan McAdams.

McAdams's Redemptive Self Instructive for Self-Analysis, Reviewer Says
The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By, Dan McAdams' new book, helps people to make sense of their lives, reports Scripps Howard News Service reviewer Linda Seebach.

McAdams Wins Award for Article on Aging
Dan McAdams won the 2005 Kalish Award from the Gerontological Society of America for most innovative publication.

New York Times Quotes McAdams on Delaying Adulthood
Professor Dan McAdams explains in a New York Times article that grown children are putting off adulthood longer.

Dan McAdams Comments in Chicago Tribune about Existential Psychology
A March 26 Chicago Tribune article explores the new field of existential psychology, with a concern about finding purpose in life. SESP professor Dan McAdams, an expert in life narratives, comments on the significance of existential thinking.

McAdams Comments on Struggles with Family Secrets
Dan McAdams, author of The Redemptive Self, tells the Baltimore Sun that making sense of family secrets can lead to redemption.


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