Positive Psychology and Politics: Prioritizing Well-Being and PERMA 51

With the political fortunes of the free world hanging in an ever tightening, if somewhat undignified balance, some of us may be wondering how the governments of the future will support our hopes for better community wellbeing. From the outset, it should be said neither presidential ca
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The Olympic Games: Explanatory Styles for Mental Toughness

When was the last time life kicked you around, so to speak? A relationship breakup?  A failed exam?  Issues at work? Consider this.  In most elite sports the number one rankings are determined by points awarded for high placings over the year.  With enough high finishes it is technica
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Martin Seligman

Seligman’s Response to Shaw’s ‘The Psychologists Take Power’

In her defamatory article, ‘The Psychologists Take Power’, Tamsin Shaw seeks to portray me as aiding and abetting torture. I strongly disapprove of torture and I have never and would never aid, abet or provide any assistance in its process. I have spent my life trying to c
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The great Positive Psychology conspiracy

The Great Positive Psychology Conspiracy: A Response to Shaw

In 1789 the French physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin famously opposed the death penalty citing the brutal and often botched methods of execution of his day. He called for a more humane approach, with the long term hope of abolishing the death penalty altogether. Just imagine his horro
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Christmas: A Survival Guide for Givers

Sometimes there’s a stereotype of positive psychology enthusiasts- that we are all tree hugging optimists singing ‘Kumbaya’ together while giving our material possessions away to unsuspecting homeless people. On a good day perhaps. Of course this assumes Positive Psychology encourages
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positive psychology and morality

Positive Psychology and Morality: A Response to Terrorism

As many of us are aware, positive psychology has a great deal to offer people everywhere in relation to happiness and well-being. What may be less well-known is that positive psychology also provides a comprehensive framework for morality and humanitarian progress. In the current clim
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Positive psychology U.S. army

Positive Psychology In The U.S. Army: The Cost of Warfare

Every nation must have a military. They make us feel safe and sound. However, the life of a soldier includes having to encounter various incidents that impact their long-term mental health. Soldiers in modern warfare tend to suffer from “sleep deprivation, cultural dissonance, p
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