TEDTalks : Martin Seligman, What Positive Psychology Can Help You Become

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  • Can modern psychology move beyond a focus on disease? How can it help us better understand what we are to become? Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states - such as happiness, optimism, and strength of character. In this TEDTalk, he characterizes psychology both as a field of study and as an approach to the human experience, in which a "patient" is actually a practitioner who develops skills for well-being.


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  • Martin Seligman on the State of Psychology (2:05) -- Psychology - Victories of the Disease Model (2:08) -- Psychology - Three Costs of the Disease Model (1:08) -- What is Positive Psychology? (3:19) -- Seligman's Mission for Psychology (1:07) -- The Pleasant Life (1:17) -- The Good Life (3:54) -- The Meaningful Life & Positive Interventions (3:28) -- The Full Life (1:43) -- The 11th Reason for Optimism (3:09) -- Credits: TEDTalks: Martin Seligman - What Positive Psychology Can Help You Become (0:06)
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