Anna K. Schaffner, Ph.D., Author, mBIT Coach

Dr. Anna K. Schaffner is a Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent; writer and critic; mBIT coach.

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Dr. Anna K. Schaffner is a Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent; writer and critic, and mBIT coach.

Although Dr. Shaffner’s academic background is in literature, her latest non-fiction book is on the long history of the idea of self-improvement. The book covers the literature of self-improvement ranging from ancient China to the present day.

For this project, she read hundreds of books on psychology, philosophy, and wisdom literature. She has read most influential self-help books of the last and present centuries.

Her research allows her to put more recent developments in psychology into a wider historical context, and to add a different and fresh perspective.

In addition, she is also a qualified coach and interested in positive psychology and the art of self-improvement from a practical perspective.

 

Education, Titles, and Degrees

  • 2019: mBIT Coach, Canterbury
  • 2012-2013: Foundation Course in Psychoanalysis, Institute of Psychoanalysis, London
  • 2001-2006: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh
  • 2000-2001: MSc in Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh
  • 1997-2000: Intermediate Exam in English and American Studies, Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin

 

First- and Second-Author Publications

Currently, Dr. Anna is completing a long cultural history of the idea of self-improvement, to be published by Yale University Press in 2021.

Her previous book was on the history of exhaustion (‘Exhaustion: A History‘, Columbia University Press, 2016).

She also published a novel (‘The Truth About Julia‘, Allen & Unwin, 2016), as well as various academic papers.

For an extensive list of all her publications, please see: https://www.kent.ac.uk/european-culture-languages/people/1613/schaffner-anna-katharina

 

A Personal Message From Dr. Anna

In addition to being a writer and a researcher with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, I am also a qualified coach. All my life, I have been torn between a love of literature and writing and psychology. I have now found a way to bring these interests together.

I have written academic and journalistic texts for two decades and published a novel and a range of non-fiction books. I review for the TLS, and, in addition to writing for PositivePsychology.com, I also write a regular blog for PsychologyToday.

– Dr. Anna Schaffner

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