Dr. Martin Seligman, depression expert and father of positive psychology, talks about the current state of psychology in this popular TedTalk. Seligman discusses both research and practice. He touches on the importance of genetics, drug treatments and patient responsibility. He focuses, however, on the importance of improving lives to make people happier.
Seligman states, “Psychology should be as concerned with strength as weakness… as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst… and just as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling, and with nurturing high talent as with healing pathology.” Seligman has spent much of his 30-year career asking whether psychology can help people become happier. He has identified three different lives that happy people can live. These are (1) the pleasant life, which involves having as many pleasures as you can, (2) the good life, which involves experiencing as much flow as you can based on your strengths, and (3) the meaningful life, which involves knowing your strengths and using them in the services of something larger than yourself.
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