Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, is an American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. He is known within the scientific community for his theories of positive psychology and well-being. He also developed the theory of “learned helplessness,” which posited that a subject would accept through continued adverse circumstances that they were powerless, even if the circumstances then changed. While it was later proved to be in reverse (that a subject’s default state is to assume a lack of control), the theory has led to many helpful approaches to treatment of depression and related mental illnesses.
Known as the Father of the new science of Positive Psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enhances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr.
“This book will help you flourish.” With this sentence, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years—and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is.
Martin E. P. Seligman is one of the most decorated and popular psychologists of his generation. When he first encountered the discipline in the 1960s, it was devoted to eliminating misery: the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms.