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Martin Seligman



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.

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Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology

Martin Seligman Interview on Positive Psychology.

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

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.

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Three Good Things

Dr. Seligman explains the Three Good Things Exercise and how it promotes happiness.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWhile you can’t control your experiences, you can control your explanations.

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Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

“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.

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Dr. Seligman’s Definition of Optimism

Find out how Dr. Martin Seligman defines optimism.

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The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism

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.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAuthentic happiness derives from raising the bar for yourself, not rating yourself against others.

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Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

In this national bestseller—Martin Seligman’s most stimulating, persuasive book to date—the acclaimed author of Learned Optimism introduces yet another revolutionary idea.

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The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience

In The Optimistic Child, Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman offers parents, teachers, and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children.

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