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Berlin 10 July 2010 Martin E.P. Seligman In Memory: John R. Z. Abela d. June 18, 2010, age 39 years.

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1 Berlin 10 July 2010 Martin E.P. Seligman In Memory: John R. Z. Abela d. June 18, 2010, age 39 years

2 Life Satisfaction (Intervening Variable) Positive Emotion Engagement (Flow) Meaning Aim: Increase Life Satisfaction Problems Subjective Variables Not Exhaustive Mood 70% of Life Satisfaction

3 Well Being (Hypothetical Construct) Positive Emotion (Life Satisfaction, Engagement) Meaning Positive Relationships Accomplishment Aim: Increase Flourishing Improvements Objective and Subjective Variables More Exhaustive of Uncoerced Choice

4 100 years of LH and Tragedy Intellectual Dogma Background Darwin, Marx, Freud Prison of the Past Entrenched Pessimistic Premises Negative Emotion & Negative Events Illness and Depression Childhood and History Hard Determinism The Goal: Remediation

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8 Positive Emotion, Meaning, Harmony, Accomplishment Drawn by the Future (vs Driven by the Past) Will, Freedom, Health The Goal: Growth

9 Active Passive ConstructiveDestructive

10 psychology should: Be as concerned with strength as with weakness Be as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst Be as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling as with healing pathology Develop Interventions to increase well being, not just to decrease misery Break

11 Feeling vs Doing (Instrumental) Suffering Trumps Nothing New Here (Wealth, Longevity, LS) Fuzzy Antagonizes Traditional Learning Antagonizes Altruism

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14 1960mean onset age of 30 years 1995mean onset age of 14.5 years Recurrent Disorder

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16 Denmark USA Italy Russia

17 Baby Explores under Positive Broadens Attention Promotes Creativity Success in the Workplace

18 Fights Depression Raises Well Being Synergy with Classroom Learning Synergy with Worldly Success

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20 Optimism: Penn Resilience Training Positive Emotion: 3 Blessings Engagement: Signature Strengths Positive Relationships: ACR Meaning & Purpose: Altruism vs Pleasure

21 21 replications worldwide (3000 children) Whitehall Controlled Experiments Diverse Samples Led by Teachers Children learn to handle day to day stressors realistic optimism assertiveness decision-making

22 Well Being is Being Taught UK (250 trained PRP teachers) USA Australia Entire US Army (Comprehensive Soldier Fitness) BREAK

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24 Military & Economic Centuries What is Wealth For? GDP vs GWB The Safety Net and Florence The Camel, The Rebel, & The Child Reborn What can every human being say Yes to? More Positive Emotion More Engagement More Noble Purpose More Positive Relationships More Positive Accomplishment

25 (Literature) (Literature & Manuals) (Questionnaires) Flourish, 2011: N.Y.: Free Press (My New Book)


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