Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

11-28-2015

Comments

David St. George is an FAA Master Flight Instructor, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for all fixed-wing powered pilot certificates. He learned to fly at 16 and runs a FAA Part 141 Flight School in the Finger Lakes of Upstate, NY.

Abstract

I have been a pilot, aviation instructor and FAA Pilot Examiner for over 40 years. Aviation requires a “pilot in command” mindset consistent with the tenets of positive psychology. This paper explains and advocates for this daily empowered, adaptive decision making process used by pilots in aviation as a necessary life skill to eliminate mind wandering and disengagement and optimize human performance consistent with the goals of positive psychology. Exploring the concepts of “pilot-in-command” (decisive control and self-efficacy) and “situational awareness” (alert mental functioning) I will offer techniques and suggestions for developing and deploying these critical skills in everyday life. I will examine the heuristic-based, “fast and frugal” (time and data limited) decision-making used every day in aviation and apply this to life for optimal performance and flourishing for individual lives and organizational effectiveness.

Keywords

decision-making, self-efficacy, heuristics, pilot in command, situational awareness, fast and frugal, metacognition, executive function, mind wandering

Topic

Decision-Making

Format

Thesis

Additional Files

MAPP_Poster.pptx (236 kB)
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Date Posted: 30 November 2015

This document has been peer reviewed.