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Published on Thursday 18/02/2016

Prof. Martin Seligman delivers fascinating talk on Positive Psychology at joint PSI TCD HSE event

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), in association with the Department of Psychology Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Health Service Executive (HSE), was delighted to have Professor Martin Seligman present a talk, entitled ‘Positive Psychology: Past, Present, Future', at TCD on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

Professor Martin E.P. Seligman is the Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Centre and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at the Penn Department of Psychology. He is also Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology programme (MAPP). Professor Seligman is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism, and is also a recognised authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 275 scholarly publications and 20 books, with his books having been translated into more than 45 languages and becoming international best sellers.

The event was very well attended with almost 400 people being lucky enough to secure a ticket. Professor Seligman gave an insightful presentation and spoke about his PERMA model which outlines the five essential elements that should be in place for us to experience lasting well-being - Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. 

Positive psychology examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. According to the Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Pennsylvania positive psychology is the 'scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.'

PSI CEO Terri Morrissey states: “Positive psychology has been emphasising the positive aspects of people’s development as opposed to the negative or ‘dark side’. It has been hugely influential in psychology and well-being for the past 30 years.”

A report on the event, and as well photographs, is available in the March issue of The Irish Psychologist.

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