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Martin Seligman – Quotes

Updated: Nov 9, 2009

“When well-being comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity.” (Seligman, 2002a, p. 9)

“The well-being that using our signature strengths engenders is anchored in authenticity. But just as well-being needs to be anchored in strengths and virtues, these in turn must be anchored in something larger. Just as the good life is something beyond the pleasant life, the meaningful life is beyond the good life.” (Seligman, 2002a, p. 14)

“The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life.” (Seligman, 2002b, p. 3)


Seligman, M. E. P. (2002a). Authentic Happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillments. New York: Free Press.

Seligman, M. E. P. (2002b). Positive psychology, positive prevention, and positive therapy. In C. R. Snyder & S. J. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychology (pp. 3-9). New York: Oxford University Press.


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8 Responses to “Martin Seligman – Quotes”

  1. dr lew hamburger says:

    God bless you for this approach. Taught as a psychoanalytic therapist 50 yrs it ook a while to "recover" from our field's preoccupation with "the worst things" in a person's life to building on strength– with liberal use of humor. (With a name like Hamburger, you have a head start to humor as a lifestyle, no?
    I would surely appreciate your thoughts on a little book I just had published– "Can't Find The Willpower? Everything you Should Have Learned Since Kindergarten." Can purchase at ($12… or I will arrange to have one sent if provide address) Basically, it's built around the notion that most people know what they need to do to be the person they want to be… when stuck it's more about willpower (it just seems too hard) than insight. (our field's preoccupation?).

    Thanks for your interest and I wish I could have gone to Penn's Pos Psych dept back in the 60's. (I did teach some part time at Penn later. Thanks again.


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