The new era of positive psychology | Martin Seligman

The new era of positive psychology | Martin Seligman Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?


July 21, 2008 / 44 Comments / by / in
  • Proof that people can change! You gotta really want to flow

  • On a side note, Mother Teresa was a bad choice of picture for a meaningful life. Educate yourself, look up articles and books about her and all the evil that she brought upon poor people in India.

  • Great video, thank you.

  • Thanks for sharing your investigation. It`s great pleasure to have a better understanding of the varies concepts you`ve transmited. I`ll be discussing as much as possible and hopefully can meet people here in Chile that can discourse about this interesting research. 

  • is that you john wayne?  is this me?

  • 57 people need help…………unlike-ers

  • Loving these positive vibes

  • nice one. 

  • what are the two curable condition?

  • Eudaimonia
    Thank you for the talk and study.
    I like designing the day.
    It all makes sense.

  • Wow. I've been wanting to become a clinical psychologist to help people heal. It never occurred to me to break down psychology in this manner. Definitely some good information to consider as I work on my degree and career choices.

  • engagement and meaning sound like components of mindfulness in buddhist meditation, just using different vocabulary, the end of which is also understanding and satisfaction but this understanding has been around for thousands of years. you don't have to invent a new brand of psychology to express these things.

  • he was right with energy psych

  • I've always dreamed of being a psychologist, but I never enjoyed the idea of focusing so much on problems and studying so much only about diseases. Mr. Seligman has just made my dream possible: be a psychologist that helps people to be the best they can and design a great life for themselves. Now, I'm seriously thinking again to be a psychologist. I'm grateful!

  • I've considered the positive approach to psychology, but never thought about how counter it is to the typical manner of approaching the subject until I read his paper and started studying health care reformation. I'm excited about the idea of positive approach to psych being seen as more important in the coming years.

  • psychology sucks

  • Well said!!!  Enjoyed this very much!

  • I was on the bandwagon with Professor Jordan Peterson who said this is stupid field and nothing new. Don't get me wrong, I respect him, but my own opinion is that this might not be exactly a new concept but it's still a good one. It'd be nice if in the realm of psychology I didn't learn much of anything outside abnormal psych or psychiatry and all the medications and diagnoses. I have schizoaffective bipolar II and borderline personality but if I focus on mindfulness, staying sober and positive thought I actually can get better than merely moving from a -8 to a -3 as they say.

  • I was a psych. major and one thing we need from this field; stop asking cute little questions in psych. classes/presentations.  Make statements, and provide proof.  Getting to a cute question is not getting to answers. We can do better than that.

  • I write mini music psych essays and post on YouTube. I also do music psych blogs. Have a look at my channel, anyone?

  • Good enough!:D


  • Not trying to be negative but this is soo… inside the box on the surface concepts. You can't possibly tell if another person is happy without asking/talking to him even if you know all the details about him like how much friends he has, what he does and what his financial situation is or how much he is 'in the flow' or even how well he understands his strengths and the purpose of his life… We could easily find 2 people with the same goals, same understanding about life, same financial situation, same pleasures, same social life, same amount of 'flow'… One of them could be very happy, another – very unhappy. Very simply put – one focuses on positive things, another – on negative. And it doesn't matter one bit what his social life or financial situation is – it's the attitude towards it what really matters. We can be as thorough as you like – why social life doesn't bring you happiness – it doesn't quite teach you to appreciate what you have or to live in the moment and/or unconditionally accept yourself, and that's obviously only one or two possible outcomes out of millions where negative thinker can sabotage his own happiness. Trying to make yourself happy by engaging in external actions in the hopes of living up to someone's standards (aka "you MUST have husband/wife and 2 kids") or seeking pleasures is fundamentally wrong. If you could choose to either have pleasure/friends/wife or husband/kids/acceptance from others/fancy car/fancy house/millions in bank account/you-name-it OR happiness, which one would you choose? The only reason you could possibly want any of these things on the left from 'OR' is for you at least temporarily to become happy, so the answer should be clear, isn't it? What is absolutely certain is that source of happiness is DEFINITELY NOT technology, entertainment or design – those are all quite meaningless things all by themselves in this regard since both depressed and happy people have access to them and there is absolutely no correlation for happy people to be more involved in these things. I can't actually believe he really said that at 22:44. If I believed illuminati existed, I would say this guy is a perfect example of it – talking things like that and showing signs with his hands 23:25 haha.

  • A nice game app to improve your mood and self esteem:

  • I find it interesting when he defines the 'meaningful life' as living a life of action toward something greater than yourself, resulting in a sense of purpose that lives on beyond your own immortality. In addition to this whats more interesting is the reality of ones experience of 'the meaningful life'. When acting altruistically the mind is essentially creating an image generated by thought of a 'possible meaning' greater than oneself and in some respects allows the individual to reach out, to connect, and in doing so expand the parameters of one's own self image. It seems that this expansions of 'the self' is the main ingredient in creating a long lasting positive emotion.
    When this activity is coupled with 'flow' which can only be described as 'being in the moment' or the absense of 'time' and therefore 'measurement/thought', the individual has removed the possibilty of psychological conflict in that moment because they have moved away from a 'divisive mindset' (that increases the chances of conflicting ideas colliding) toward a 'non-divisive mindset' (which lowers the chances of conflicitng ideas colliding). This 'expansion of 'the self' in conjuction with a 'non divisive mindset' allows for high levels of statisfaction, and furthermore creates strong physical bonds/links in the mind that subsequently enables the likelyhood of an individual returning to such a state in his/hers future.

  • Muito bom o vídeo tudo a ver com uma pesquisa que estamos realizando!!!

  • maybe the eguation of happiness is= basic needs met+special needs met+sense of appreciation+emtional hygine+forgiveness+guilt free soul

  • If you want anything to work well there must be GOOD MORAL STANDARDS TO BE IN HEALTHY AND HAPPY AND SO IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.. So never tell anyone hooked into a matrix to decieve others that government employees have broke laws against you, but the only thing that would take ones safe well being away, and for them trying to control people into patting bad on the back for CRIMES.. So what you are left with are people with decent humane in them being told they are now schitzos-ADD-Bipolars-All them labels put out by big pharma (1,out for $$$ only)to tear down those not believing the SMUCK FILTHING LIES that they know can never be backed by test. So when motive 1 intent is $$$ =BAD MOTIVES but DECEPTIONS TO CONTROL ONES… By the way I've known many psychologists. So guess what from that I'd say you're a psychiatrist for the zombifying drug pushings okayed but only by not good motive types

  • This is highly inspirationnal

  • Hello;

    I didn´t undertand one thing: In the equation LS=PA+engagementt+meaning what LS and PA mean?? can anyone give the aswer to this question i would really apreciate it

  • The positive psychology treats human how to be happy or how to live with happiness. At some extend in our life we had a period that we were happy. This new trend works to maintain and sustain the period for human. There are many ways, the first they did they made people to think happy. That why after sixty years of studying diseases, they shifted to happiness and strength of human. This is actually give new and positive reviews to psychology and psychologists. This approach divided the happy life as, the pleasantness, the good life and the meaningful life. One technique for a person to experience them is to be social. Of the person becomes social he can experience them

  • for anyone who loved this talk I highly recommend "learned optimism" by this guy.
    on a side note I love his voice…sooo soothing!

  • Adorei Gabi!

  • Beautiful, thanks for sharing

  • Happy? Psychology doesn't want you happy; it wants you with a uncurable, possibly treatable diagnosis, several if possible, so you keep cuttin' them checks.

  • this guy is so FAKE. mental illnesses are genetic.

  • This lines up with who I am and will benefit my clients.

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  • Seligman , hàzme un hijo <3 😀

  • I saw Seligman last year in Vienna when he launched his new project "Prospective Psychology" together with Roy Baumann. Here are my thoughts:

  • since this is 13 years old, how relevant is this today?

  • This is such an interesting subject to talk about because of the fact that the PSYCHOLOGY is only meant for only negative emotions in this world.
    This is such an excellent illustration about how can a human being have POSITIVE HAPPINESS with respect to three aspects: pleasure, Engagement, Meaning.
    We all should try to make this a better place for our future generations to come and live with positive happiness.

  • Cool = I met Prof. Martin Seligman on his recent visit to Lion-land (Sri Lanka) . He is Very nice cool guy . greatest mind in this century . Thank You

  • I was capable of flow. I found out it's the reason im not successful while im still happy. I was addicted so I was not trying new things. I stayed for long time in the field that made me feel this rushes of excitement. When I let it go and choose new path in my life i finally can say that i know I'am alive. Image is changing. Things are shifting. All is flow not only moments.

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