Positive Psychology with Martin Seligman

Positive Psychology with Martin Seligman



Founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, shares his groundbreaking ideas to help us flourish as individuals and contribute to a happier world. This talk was recorded at an Action for Happiness event at Friends House in London on 9 May 2016 www.actionforhappiness.org

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May 13, 2016 / 6 Comments / by / in
  • Deeply appreciated. I am pausing to conceive my future with gratitude.

  • I like poem said towards the end

  • I liked this all until I realised there's still something missing for me. I can apply the PERMA model, (with an extreme 'for instance' just to make my point), to someone who makes a living by producing (and thoroughly enjoys the prospect of using) fatally toxic organophosphates like Sarin and VX. They could score highly on any measure of positive psychology, engagement, relationships, meaning and purpose and achievement. Is the harm, death and misery caused to others by their actions in the equation anywhere?
    The same for anyone creating and driving industries that are contributing to pollution, climate change, desertification, deforestation, soil degradation, salination of ground water, extinction of species, exploitation of human labour etc etc. Where is the connection to the biosphere in this model? Where is the responsibility to the well-being of future generations of human and other-than-human life hundreds and thousands of years into the future? Without them how do we create a 'happier world'?
    I'm also feeling a little uncomfortable with Mr Seligman's opinion on inequality (he did say we probably wouldn't like it) – in that the perception of the inequality is the problem and not the inequality itself. It has been in the news this week that 8 individual people have a combined personal wealth equivalent to that of half of the world's entire human population. Are we to believe that if we can be persuaded / convinced that that is OK (perhaps by encouraging us to be grateful for their philanthropy), that it is indeed OK for an economic system to exist that permits a tiny, tiny number of people to accrue such gigantic wealth and the global reach of individual power that comes with it?
    My preference is to live by the ethics and principles of PERMACULTURE which have the same effect while also addressing the concerns I have voiced above too.

  • how do I create things with modesty ( my signature strength)?

  • cool

  • YOU DON T KNOW WHO IS THIS MAN , HIM R. Solomon, L.Kamin e L. Wynne,AND HIS GANGS OF PSYCHOPATS ,THIS MAN IS A PSYCHOPAT HE KILLED AND TORTURED SO MANY ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED LIKE DOGS RATS AND OTHERS AND OTHERS , KILLED IN SO MANY WAYS WITH ELECTRICITY , HE KILLED SO MANY ANIMALS , AND YOU FAGGOT AMERICANS PAID THEM WITH YOUR TAXES TO DO THAT , BURN IN HELL PIECE OF SHIT I WISH HE DIES SOON , THIS IS THE US YOU SPONSORSHIP PSYCHOPATS AND KILLERS YOU THIRD WORLD COUNTRY , DISGUSTING PEOPLE .

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