Articulated Frames of the Past, Present and Future: Impact on Health and Productivity

Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson
  • Speaker
Faculty of Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology, University of Toronto

Event Information

Research Seminar
Organisational Behaviour & HRM
Mon. 10 Dec. 2012
Michaéla Schippers
14:00-15:30 hours
Mandeville Building T8-67


Since the time of Freud, the existence of a relationship between well-articulated representations of life events and health has been suspected. Freud believed that articulation produced catharsis, a health- promoting release of suppressed emotion. More recent philosophical, psychological and neuroscience-based research has indicated, instead, that well-formulated pragmatic self-based verbal representations replace uncertainty with certainty, decrease anxiety, and increase the probability of experiencing incentive-related reward. The psychophysiological consequences of such careful articulation are increasingly well understood: the reduction in uncertainty, to take a single example, appears to decrease release of the primary stress-hormone cortisol, which is destructive when produced in excess. I will describe the details of a series of online programs, designed to guide improved articulation of past, present and future, discuss data indicating their effectiveness, describe a model of their effects, and survey the results of various research programs investigating similar interventions. 

Michaéla Schippers
Endowed Professor in Behaviour and Performance Management
  • Coordinator