Jack Bauer

Associate Professor; Roesch Chair in Social Sciences
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology

Profile

Dr. Bauer is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Dayton. His research examines how people use narratives to construct meaning in their lives and how these narratives foster eudaimonia, or human flourishing, over the course of life-span development. This research has shown how growth-oriented personal narratives correspond to high levels of eudaimonia - and even predict increases in eudaimonia years later. He is taking an increasingly interdisciplinary approach (philosophy, sociology, neuroscience, world religions, etc.) to studying eudaimonic questions such as "What is a good life, and how do we foster it?" He teaches courses primarily in personality and human development.

Dr. Bauer is an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Personality, and is the co-editor of the book Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego (2008). Before joining the department in 2006, he was an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Before that he was a postdoctoral fellow in personality development at Northwestern University, received a Ph.D. in human development from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and received a B.A. in economics from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. After college he was the editor of a newspaper in northern Michigan.

Degrees

  • Ph.D. The Catholic University of America, 1999
  • B.A. in economics, College of the Holy Cross, 1989

Selected Publications

Bauer, J. J., & McAdams, D. P. (in press). Growth goals and eudaimonic growth. Developmental Psychology.

Bauer, J. J., & Park, S. (in press). "Growth isn't just for the young: Growth narratives, eudaimonic resilience, and the aging self." In P. S. Frye and C. L. M. Keyes (Eds.), Frontiers of Resilient Aging. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Bauer, J. J. (in press). "The postconventional self: Ego maturity, growth stories and happiness?" In A. Pfaffenberger, A. Combs, and P. W. Marko (Eds.), The Postconventional Personality: Perspectives on Higher Development. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Park, S., Bauer, J. J., & Arbuckle, N. B. (2009). "Growth motivation attenuates the self-serving attribution." Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 914-917.

Bauer, J. J. (2008). "How the ego quiets as it grows: Ego development, growth stories, and eudaimonic personality development." In H. A. Wayment & J. J. Bauer (Eds.), Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego, pp. 199-210. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Books.

Bauer, J. J., & Wayment, H. A. (2008). "The psychology of the quiet ego." In H. A. Wayment & J. J. Bauer (Eds.), Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego, pp. 3-19. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Books.

Bauer, J. J., McAdams, D. P., & Pals, J. L. (2008). "Narrative identity and eudaimonic well-being." Journal of Happiness Studies, 9, 81-104.

McAdams, D. P., Bauer, J. J., Sakaeda, A. R., Anyidoho, N. A., Machado, M. A., Magrino-Failla, K., White, K. W., Pals, J. L. (2006). "Continuity and change in the life story: A longitudinal study of autobiographical memories in emerging adulthood." Journal of Personality, 74, 1371-1400.

Bauer, J. J., McAdams, D. P., & Sakaeda, A. R. (2005). "Crystallization of desire and crystallization of discontent in narratives of life-changing decisions." Journal of Personality, 73, 1181-1213.

Bauer, J. J., McAdams, D. P., & Sakaeda, A. R. (2005). "Interpreting the good life: Growth memories in the lives of mature, happy people." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 203-217.

Bauer, J. J., & McAdams, D. P. (2004). "Growth goals, maturity, and well-being." Developmental Psychology, 40, 114-127.

Bauer, J. J., & McAdams, D. P. (2004). "Personal growth in adults' stories of life transitions." Journal of Personality, 72, 573-602.

Bauer, J. J., & Bonanno, G. A. (2001). "Doing and being well (for the most part): Adaptive patterns of narrative self-evaluation during bereavement." Journal of Personality, 69, 451-482.

Bauer, J. J., & Bonanno, G. A. (2001). "I can, I do, I am: The narrative differentiation of self-efficacy and other self-evaluations while adapting to bereavement." Journal of Research in Personality, 35, 424-448.

Bauer, J. J., & Bonanno, G. A. (2001). "Continuity amid discontinuity: Bridging one's past and present in stories of conjugal bereavement." Narrative Inquiry, 11, 123-158.

Hart, H. M., McAdams, D. P., Hirsch, B. J., & Bauer, J. J. (2001). "Generativity and social involvement among African-American and among White adults." Journal of Research in Personality, 35, 208-230.

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