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Positive Psychology. 2014. With Ed Wohlmuth. “…On the shoulders of giants”.

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Positive psychology

Positive Psychology

2014

With Ed Wohlmuth

“…On the shoulders of giants”

Presentation adapted and inspired by the writings of Martin Seligman, Tal Ben Shahar, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Barbara Fredrickson, Jonathan Haidt, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, William Glasser, Dan Gilbert, and others.


Our journey

Our Journey

  • Is this class another thing to do or your chance to tip the scales on happiness?

  • Our challenge and Opportunity: winter and waning energy

  • Knowledge, application, assessment

Bridging the ivory tower and main street

Rigor of academe


The scientific study of optimal human functioning

The Scientific study of optimal human functioning


Positive psychology

The Road to Positive Psychology

  • Humanistic Psychology (50’s)

  • (The Third Force)

    • Reaction to behaviorism (First Force)

    • Reaction to psychoanalysis (Second Force)

  • Lacked rigorous methodology

April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970 (62)

Jan.8, 1902 –

Feb. 4, 1987 (85)


Positive psychology

Martin Seligman

Ellen Langer

The Road to Positive Psychology

The Scientific Study of Optimal Human Functioning – M Seligman

MPS


Commercial break

Commercial Break…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=yIutgtzwhAc


Positive psychology

Meaning

Positive institutions:

love relationship, family, school work, community

Pleasure

Strengths

Positive Traits:

Character, virtues, talents, interests, values

Positive subjective experiences

Pleasure, enjoyment, happy, fulfilled


Positive psychology

Why Positive Psychology?

  • Balancing attention between disorder research and wellness research

  • Happiness is not the negation of unhappiness

  • Cultivating capacity-positive emotion and relationships

Psychological Abstracts

(1967-2000)

  • Anger: 5,584

  • Anxiety: 41,416

  • Depression: 54,040

  • Joy: 415

  • Happiness: 1,710

  • Life satisfaction: 2,582


Positive psychology

Hell at Hogwarts: 80% of Students at Harvard experiencing depression, 94% debilitating stress


Positive psychology

Why Positive Psychology?

Depression 10 times higher today than 1960


Positive psychology

Why Positive Psychology?

  • Mean age for depression today is 14.5 (compared to 29.5 in 1960)


Positive psychology

Scope of Psychology

neurosis, anger, anxiety,wellbeing, satisfaction, joy

depression, psychosisexcitement, happiness

  • _______________________ 0 ____________________ +

Disease Model Health Model

Focus on strengths

Focus on weaknesses

Overcoming deficiencies

Avoiding pain

Running from unhappiness

Neutral state (0) as ceiling

Tensionless as ideal

Building competencies

Seeking pleasure

Pursuing happiness

No ceiling

Creative tension as ideal


For next class

For Next Class…

Read Chapter 1 of Happier


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