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Dr. Maureen Gaffney is a well-known Irish psychologist, writer and broadcaster.
She specializes in leadership and organizational change programmers, working with companies to build strong, emotionally intelligent leadership and innovative and resilient work cultures.
She has worked with major multinational companies in Ireland and in the US including Intel, Boston Scientific, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Google, Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland, and with the educational sector in Australia. She is an inspirational and authoritative speaker and has addressed businesses in Ireland, the UK, the US, Sweden, Germany and Spain.
Her best-selling book Flourishing, about how to achieve a deeper sense of well-being, meaning and purpose was published by Penguin in November 2011 sets out the scientific principles underling ‘Being at Your Best’ and was the basis of a major two-part RTE TV documentary broadcast in 2014.
Her latest book Your One Wild and Precious Life was published in September 2021 and went straight to the top of the Irish bestsellers list. The book offers a framework for embracing middle age and beyond and was voted winner of the RTÉ Audience Choice Award at The An Post Irish Book Awards 2021
Praise for Flourishing
‘A realistic approach to positive thinking’
‘It is the science and professional experience at Gaffney's disposal that makes her book so relevant ... presented in such a friendly and persuasive way that it's hard to resist
‘Shows us how we can approach life with a renewed sense of vigour and purpose’
‘Maureen Gaffney's simple strategies for positive thinking can put the feel-good factor back into your life’
Praise for Your One Wild and Precious Life
“No matter where you locate yourself in this book there’s an energy to the prose that makes it a fascinating read… This book is a powerful reminder that history does not have to dictate our future”
The Irish Times
“It is a profound, important work; simultaneously wise, instructive and a love letter to humanity in all its stages.,, I recognised entire sections that seemed to have been written just for me, and I recognised parts of my own story, my husband’s, and those of each of my three children. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many notes when reading a book”
Jennifer O Connell, The Irish Times
Penguin Ireland (UK & US)