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.
Character―the moral values and habits of an individual―is in the spotlight now more than perhaps at any other point in modern history. Politicians distort facts. Corporations cheat customers and investors. Athletes are caught using illegal supplements.