Todd Kashdan

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Todd B. Kashdan
Nationality United States
Education University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Occupation Psychology professor, public speaker, writer and scientist
Employer George Mason University

Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D. is a scientist, public speaker, and professor of psychology at George Mason University.[1] He is director of the Well-Being Laboratory at George Mason University.[2] His research explores why people suffer, with an emphasis on the transition from normal to pathological anxiety. Other research explores the nature of well-being, with an emphasis on the critical functions of curiosity, meaning and purpose in life, and psychological flexibility to human performance.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Todd B. Kashdan was born in New York. After graduating college, he conducted research with Dr. Arthur Aron at Stony Brook University on how to maintain passion in long-term relationships, and Dr. Jan Loney on how parents interact with children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.



Kashdan received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and attended the University at Buffalo, State University of New York where he received his Ph.D. in 2004.[1]. His graduate training began in 1998, coinciding with Martin Seligman's introduction of positive psychology during his American Psychological Association presidential address.


In his Well-Being Laboratory,[2] Kashdan conducts research on how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life, strength use and development, stress and anxiety, mindfulness, social relationships, and self-regulation. His research explores the difference between people with normal anxiety from those suffering from anxiety disorders. Infrequent positive events, a lack of positive emotions, and an unwillingness to experience distressing emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations were found to be more relevant to the presence of emotional disorders than the intensity of felt anxiety.[5]. His other work focuses on neglected elements of fulfilling and successful living, including psychological strength use,[6] meaning and purpose in life,[7] and psychological flexibility [8].

Kashdan has written two books for the general public titled "The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self - not just your “good” self - drives success and fulfillment" [9] and "Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life", given a TEDx talk,[10] writes regularly for Psychology Today [11] and The Huffington Post,[12].

He was an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Journal of Positive Psychology.[1] He has given more than 300 national and international talks and published more than 175 peer-reviewed journal articles.[1]

Kashdan received the American Psychological Association's 2013 Distinguished Scientific Early Career Award.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d "Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D". Psychology Today. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Laboratory for the Study of Social Anxiety, Character Strengths, and Related Phenomena". Psych Faculty - George Mason University. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
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  4. ^ a b "Todd B. Kashdan". Social Psychology Network. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kashdan T.B., Farmer A., Adams L., Ferssizidis P., McKnight P.E., Nezlek J.B. (2013). "Distinguishing healthy adults from people with social anxiety disorder: Evidence for the value of experiential avoidance and positive emotions in everyday social interactions". Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 122: 645–655. doi:10.1037/a0032733. 
  6. ^ Biswas-Diener Robert, Kashdan Todd B., Minhas Gurpal (2011). "A dynamic approach to psychological strength development and intervention". The Journal of Positive Psychology. 6: 106–118. doi:10.1080/17439760.2010.545429. 
  7. ^ McKnight, P.E., & Kashdan, T.B. (2009). Purpose in life as a system that creates and sustains health and well-being: An integrative, testable theory. Review of General Psychology, 13, 242-251.
  8. ^ Kashdan T.B., Rottenberg J. (2010). "Psychological flexibility as a fundamental aspect of health". Clinical Psychology Review. 30: 865–878. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2010.03.001. 
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