Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews

Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews

Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews: From the bestselling author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness comes “a relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness” (Kirkus Reviews).

Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews

With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years. The first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is.

Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews

Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering. However, the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different—it’s about actually raising the bar for the human condition.

Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews: Optimism

Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about.


Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews

Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews: Well-being

While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’t give life meaning. Seligman now asks, What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In a word, what is it that allows you to flourish? “Well-being” takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or Positive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment—or PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment.

Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policy—the very fabric of society—Flourish tells inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action, including how the entire U.S. Army is now trained in emotional resilience; how innovative schools can educate for fulfillment in life and not just for workplace success; and how corporations can improve performance at the same time as they raise employee well-being.

Flourish Martin Seligman Reviews: Interactive Excercises

With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism.

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November 13, 2018

I had never heard of positive psychology before this. I would not consider this book the textbook of Positive Psychology but rather the personal perspective or experience of its creator. It’s quite intriguing to me and I am considering seeking a certificate in Positive Psychology from a university. It seems so needful in the world today. I like the transition it is working to make where today’s psychology has gotten stuck in “what happened in your past” whereas this looks to push “what are you going to do with your future”. It also emphasizes obtaining well-being through wise living
Sharon F. Danzger

January 8, 2017

This book is packed with so much valuable information. I found it particularly helpful to know that the way we are born and raised does not have to be the way we are for our entire lives. It is within our control to be more positive and small daily habits can help reinforce what you are hoping to accomplish. The research studies that are included make the book even more interesting although you may need to read a little more slowly to absorb all the content.
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February 5, 2013

Seligman, as he describes himself in the book, stands at the intersection of applied and basic research. As he notes, it can be a lonely place, but it results in a brilliant and useful book.

This is a book that takes the conventional wisdom, of what psychology is about, and turns it into a new and useful direction. Instead of (largely ineffective) psychotherapy to manage depression or other negative psychological states, this book is about the positive psychology of how to flourish. In what I think is a nice bit of intellectual honesty, he reflects on his theory in his earlier book, Authentic Happiness, and in this book notes his errors and improves and expands his theory.

There is an important warning here about academia. Seligman warns that too much of academic psychology is useless puzzle solving. Seligman wants academic psychology to pay more attention to solving real world psychological problems. This is an issue for psychology students at research intensive universities. Seligman states: “I mentally scanned (serially) the tenured faculty in the ten leading psychology departments in the world. Not a single one focused on work or on love or on play. They all worked on ‘basic’ processes: cognition, emotion, decision theory, perception. Where were the scholars who would help guide us about what makes life worth living?” (page 59).

Seligman is equally critical of closed-minded clinical psychologists, such as those who opposed his initiatives for “evidence-based psychotherapy”.

In sum, this book represents the best of academic work as a public intellectual to help make life better through deep and insightful evidence-based analysis, clearly and interestingly written.

As an aside, the book implicitly raises the public policy issue of how do the people who pay for their lifestyle, the taxpayers and tuition payers, motivate academics to more useful problem solving and less useless puzzle solving. And how do we prevent universities from doing to another generation what Seligman describes happened to him, that he was “miseducated”. He states “Originally, I went into psychology to relieve human suffering and to increase human well-being. I thought I was well prepared to do this; but I was actually miseducated to this task. It took me decades to recover and to work my way out of solving puzzles and into solving problems.” (page 55).

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