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David Myers was the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He taught at Hope from 1967 to 2005 and was voted “Outstanding Professor” by students. He has published eight books, as well as numerous magazine and journal articles on ESP, pride, giftedness, and psychological research and Christian belief, to name a few. His scientific articles have appeared in two dozen journals, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His most noted books include Psychology, America’s best-selling introductory psychology text in more than a decade; Social Psychology; The Inflated Self: Human Illusions and the Biblical Call to Hope, Psychology Through the Eyes of Faith, and The Pursuit of Happiness: Who is Happy- and Why. In addition to teaching and writing, Myers has been deeply involved in his college and community activities. He has chaired the Human Relations Commission for the City of Holland, helped found a thriving information assistance center for poverty-level families, and spoken to numerous community, collegiate, and religious groups.

The collection contains personal information, correspondence, news releases, articles, essays, lecture notes, oral histories, periodicals concerning many issues, advertisements, photographs and a videotape recording Worth Publishers Presents Conversations with David G. Myers. Topics include psychology, happiness, self-bias, Christianity, ESP, pornography, stature in politics, American social recession and economic depression, marriage, children, behaviors in group interaction, and racial attitudes.


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