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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Leaders Inspire Their Teams With Optimism

...Seligman in Learned Optimism Seligman has found that pessimists fall into the trap of the three Ps when faced with negative change or setback. They make the issue Permanent, Pervasive and Personal. They avoid wearing clean underwear because it will only tempt car accidents. When faced with difficult change or...

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“Barriers” Like Age Are Often Self-Created

...politics. But whenever you get a few people or more together every day in one place, decisions and interactions are heavily tinged by trust levels, credibility, relationships, and other emotional factors. Recognizing, controlling our own, and influencing the emotions of others are key skills. Martin Seligman has an excellent web...

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Building Strengths is Authentic, Increases Happiness, and Leverages Leadership Skills

...his or her organization. Strength building is a vital element in the happiness equation emerging from research in positive psychology. Martin Seligman, the founder of this movement concludes, “Authentic happiness comes from identifying and cultivating your most fundamental strengths and using them every day in work, love, play, and parenting.”...

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High Performing Organizations Provide Spirit and Meaning

...that translate ideals into action. The rapidly growing research in the new discipline of positive psychology shows that purpose and meaning play a key role in boosting our well-being. In his book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, positive psychology’s founder, Martin Seligman, explains, “positive mental health...

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Season’s Readings: Looking Back to Focus Ahead

...down the volume we can’t hear our inner voice. In Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment Martin Seligman writes, “Weigh up your life once a year. If you find you are getting short weight, change your life. You will usually find that...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm from… “The Hope Circuit”

As a long-time follower of Martin Seligman’s applied research on optimism, happiness, strength building, and positive psychology I devoured his new memoir, The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism. When he began his psychology career in the 1960s, the field focused on lessening misery. Thanks to his...

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