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Review of “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being” by Martin Seligman

Since the mid-eighties I’ve been an avid follower of Martin Seligman’s leading-edge work at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his distinguished psychology career in the late sixties studying pessimism, learned helplessness, and depression. His two previous books, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life and Authentic...

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Book Review: “What We Can Change and What We Can’t” By Martin Seligman

From its beginning in the 1960s, cognitive psychology has developed science/evidence-based approaches that have proven more effective then drugs and other methods in treating people with depression, phobias, obsessions, addictions, eating disorders, and other life-disrupting problems. University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology, Martin Seligman, established a successful track record researching,...

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Lessons from “The Hope Circuit”: Reducing What’s Wrong Doesn’t Increase Effectiveness

...Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism. Seligman founded the revolutionary field of positive psychology in 1998 when he was president of the American Psychological Association. I’ve been following Seligman’s work on optimism, happiness, and strength-building since the mid-eighties. This book filled in gaps and connected many dots...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm… on “Flourishing” from Martin Seligman

My last post reviewed Martin Seligman’s new book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being. Here are a few key excerpts: “When asked what, in two words or fewer, positive psychology is about, Christopher Peterson, one of its founders, replied, ‘Other people.’ Very little that is positive is...

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Cognitive Psychology: Choosing Our Reality

...CBT — within the larger field of cognitive behavioral therapies. Learned Optimism proved that “optimism is essential for a good and successful life.” At the core of Seligman’s findings are the interconnected concepts of “learned helplessness” and “explanatory style.” Seligman explains, “Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response...

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PERMA: A Proven Framework to Increase Optimism and Happiness

...psychiatry professor Aaron Beck and built on by his mentee, psychology professor, Martin Seligman. As Seligman explains in his biographical book, The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism, “I and many of the practitioners and scientists in positive psychology came right out of work on misery and...

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Building Our Resilience in Facing the F-Word

...stories from eight senior leaders in various industries The article that really stands out for me is the ongoing pioneering work of Martin Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. I’ve been a long time follower of Seligman’s outstanding...

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Most Performance Appraisals like Being Poked in the Eye with a Stick

In 1998, Martin Seligman, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, was elected President of the American Psychological Association by a landslide. This set him casting about for a central theme for his time in this key leadership role. A few weeks later — still puzzling over a theme...

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Leaders are Learned Optimists

...Optimism, put it at the top of your reading list. Learned Optimism was written by Martin Seligman, professor of social science and director of clinical training in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. In it, he reports on decades of pioneering research he and others have done on the effects...

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Navigating Change: Leading in Turbulent Times

...Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success Growing @ the Speed of Change: Your Inspir-actional How-To Guide For Leading Yourself and Others through Constant Change Authentic Happiness – Martin Seligman’s site at University of Pennsylvania for lots of self-assessments and resources Seligman’s PERMA model Seligman’s ABCDE model Martin...

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Strengths, Positivity, and Halo Effects

Throughout my work I’ve quoted extensively from Martin Seligman’s pioneering work in founding the breakthrough field of positive psychology. This is the study of positive emotion, positive character traits, and positive institutions to raise the importance of psychological health around the world. His most recent focus has been on helping...

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Explanatory Style: Don’t P and Should Yourself

Last week’s post outlined key points from Martin Seligman’s book, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. This groundbreaking book laid the foundation for the rapidly growing field of Positive Psychology that Seligman went on to establish during his presidency of the American Psychological Association. In his...

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I Exam: Negative Nuggets of Pessimism or Positive Points of Optimism?

...down, worried, anxious. Pessimism is self-fulfilling. Pessimists don’t persist in the face of challenges, and therefore fail more frequently — even when success is attainable. Pessimism is associated with poor physical health.” Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life   “Cheerful people resist disease better...

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Are You Focused on What’s Wrong to Make Things Right?

...mistakes and fixing weaknesses reduces confidence and effectiveness. How many talented people haven’t built on their strengths and passion? For decades psychologists and counselors have focused on what’s wrong rather than what’s right. Since founding the new field of positive psychology in 1998, Martin Seligman and his colleagues have assembled...

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Focusing on Strengths Webinar: What Extraordinary Leaders Do Differently

Peter Drucker first advised building strengths in the 1960s and it became a constant theme throughout his work. In 1990 psychology researcher and professor, Martin Seligman, published his book, Learned Optimism, and launched the positive psychology movement. In 2001, Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, their book, Now, Discover Your Strengths....

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Positive Psychology, Strengths, and Leadership

I first encountered Martin Seligman’s work on the power of optimism in the mid eighties. I’ve been an avid reader of his research and groundbreaking work ever since. When he was president of the American Psychology Association in 1998, he founded the Positive Psychology movement. Last July, I attended the...

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Are You Wearing C.R.A.P Glasses?

...the good. Optimism A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation. The doctrine that this world is the best of all possible worlds. The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil. Martin Seligman...

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3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

For the past few decades I’ve followed the ground-breaking work of Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. Based on his extensive research, articles and books, and his 1998 term as elected president of The American Psychological Association he’s now considered the founder of the burgeoning new field of positive...

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Positive Psychology and Well-Being – 4th Canadian Conference

...help individuals, organizations, and communities flourish. For the past few decades I’ve followed the ground-breaking work of Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. Based on his extensive research, articles and books, and his 1998 term as elected president of the American Psychological Association he’s now considered the founder of...

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Re-Fired with Building Strengths

...young (we were the youngsters on the ship), have too much energy, love for my life’s work, and interest in exploring new pathways. With more than 20 years of intense interest in the work of Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania, I was especially captivated with the extensive new...

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