Teaching Positive Psychology

Teaching Positive Psychology

Students attending Tuesday’s university forum were told that with depression rates rising despite economic success in the past century, it is important to teach positive psychology.

Dr. Martin Seligman, a world-renowned authority on depression and an advocate of positive psychology, said psychology should be refocused from just dealing with mental illness to mental well-being.

“Psychology should be just as concerned with human strength as it is with human weakness,” Seligman said. “We should be just as interested in building what is good in life ê¢__‘Ô_ and most importantly, it should develop interventions to increase well-being, not just decrease misery.”

Seligman said happiness can be broken down to be assessed for each person, and there are techniques that can be taught to help increase positivity in each category.

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