Jack Bauer

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Jack Bauer

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Dr. Bauer is a professor of psychology at the University of Dayton. He teaches courses in personality and developmental psychology. His research examines how people construct a sense of self-identity and meaning in their life stories, and then how these stories foster eudaimonia, or human flourishing, over the course of life-span development. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of life’s enduring questions such as “What is a good life, and how do we foster it?” by drawing on several subfields of psychology (developmental, personality, social, cognitive, clinical) as well as philosophy, sociology, world religions, history, and literature.

Dr. Bauer has served as associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Personality. He has held the Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences at UD, 2010-2014. He is co-editor of the book Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego (2008). He is currently writing a book, The Transformative Self: Identity, Growth, and a Good Life Story (Oxford University Press). He is also currently conducting studies of the long-term adult development of UD alumni, including in-depth interviews with individuals and their families on the development of virtues like wisdom, compassion, and self-actualization.

Before joining the department in 2006, he was an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, 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. (invited manuscript under review). Eudaimonic growth: How the transformative self as a good life story cultivates the wellness of one’s being. In J. Vittersø (Ed.), Handbook of Eudaimonic Wellbeing. New York: Springer.

Bauer, J. J., Park, S. W., Montoya, R. M., & Wayment, H. A. (2015). Growth motivation toward two paths of eudaimonic self-development. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16, 185-210.

Bauer, J. J., Schwab, J. R., & McAdams, D. P. (2011). Self-actualizing: Where ego development finally feels good? The Humanistic Psychologist, 39, 121-136.

Bauer, J. J., & McAdams, D. P. (2010). Eudaimonic growth: Narrative growth goals predict increases in ego development and subjective well-being three years later. Developmental Psychology, 46, 761-722.

Bauer, J. J., & Park, S. (2010). 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, pp. 60-89. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

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.

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.

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