Outtakes: Professor Stephen Soldz for the Chronicle of Higher Education


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I recently had the good fortune to meet Professor Stephen Soldz to photograph him for a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a controversial plan by the US Army and American Psychological Association for “resilience training” of soldiers using positive psychology. Soldz is critical of the new program, known as Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, which is designed to prevent the psychological toll of combat on American soldiers. Soldz has many criticisms of the program, including that there has not been a pilot study of it and that positive psychology is not the best approach to something inherently negative, such as the killing of another person. Soldz teaches research methodology at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. We spent a pleasant hour walking around the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis for a variety of portrait locations. The Chronicle story is behind a paywall, unfortunately, so it’s difficult to read.

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