Mark Leary Ph.D.

Mark R. Leary, Ph.D., is the Garonzik Family Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is an expert on social motivation and emotion, with an emphasis on people’s concerns with interpersonal evaluation and the negative effects of excessive self-preoccupation. He has published 13 books and more than 250 scholarly articles and chapters on topics such as self-presentation, self-preoccupation, social emotions, interpersonal rejection, and self-esteem. His books include The Curse of the Self, Interpersonal Rejection, Social Anxiety, The Social Psychology of Emotional and Behavioral Problems, Self-Presentation, the Handbook of Self and Identity, and The Handbook of Hypo-egoic Phenomena. He has also recorded three courses for the Teaching Company’s Great Courses series:  Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality, and Your Public Persona: Self-Presentation in Everyday Life.   Leary is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, for which he served as president. He was the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity and co-recipient of the 2015 Scientific Impact Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.

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