“Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change”
“The only thing that is constant is change.” This is attributed to Heraclitus, 500 years before Christ, but he was not the last person to say this. More recently, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi used the same words to remind us of a basic aspect of the human condition – we need to accept and adapt to change, and cope with the stress that it brings, in order to survive and thrive.
Change is not new, but change today is unique in its pace, its extent and its impact. The pace of change in its various forms – technological change, social change, climate change – has been incredible; its extent has been global. The impact of change on humans has been extremely powerful. Our daily lives have changed dramatically and irreversibly.
One of the challenges of psychology and the behavioral sciences has been to help humans adapt to their environments, to help us be resilient in the face of challenges and failures, to help us maintain our mental health, to help us overcome the various difficulties that life brings us. All areas in the study of psychology and the behavioral sciences aim to teach us to be psychologically literate, to provide us with the knowledge and skills to survive and thrive, and to help others survive and thrive.
ACP2018 welcomes your proposals in all areas of psychology and the behavioral sciences, from traditional developmental, clinical, social, educational and other areas to contemporary approaches such as the recently popular mindfulness approach, which address this timeless but very timely and relevant theme.
The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2018 (ACP2018) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2018 (ACERP2018). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.
In conjunction with our Global Partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.
Professor Dexter Da Silva, Keisen University, Japan
Dr Monty P. Satiadarma, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Professor Frank S. Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, USA
Dr Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK
As the world’s largest continent continues to develop, so do its educational and academic needs, and as the global economy recentres towards the Asia-Pacific region, the relevance and significance of IAFOR as an interdisciplinary think tank for both Asia and the West grows. IAFOR’s Asian Conference Series, held in the cosmopolitan port city of Kobe, Japan, is the ideal forum in which to discuss emerging regional and global issues, and to keep up to date with the latest interdisciplinary research across a range of academic fields.