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BROCK BASTIAN - Author of The Other Side of Happiness: Embracing a More Fearless Approach to Living
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Brock Bastian is author of The Other Side of Happiness: Embracing a More Fearless Approach to Living and a professor at University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences. His research and writing focus on pain, happiness, morality, and wellbeing. In his search for a new perspective on what makes for the good life, Bastian has studied why promoting happiness may have paradoxical effects; why we need negative and painful experiences in life to build meaning, purpose, resilience, and ultimately greater fulfilment in life; and why behavioural ethics is necessary for understanding how we reason about personal and social issues and resolve conflicts of interest.
"I think one of the things that we find in our research is, even when people recall their own lifetimes, what are memorable moments for them? They don't recall just the pleasant ones. They also recall the painful ones because both of those have contributed to the narrative of making them who they are. So we do need this disruption, sometimes this variation, something to push against or to bounce off in order to experience, I think, meaning, happiness, fulfillment in life."