The life-changing lesson of Authentic Happiness is that by identifying the very best in ourselves, we can improve the Martin E. P. Seligman. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Front Cover. Martin E. P. Seligman. Authentic happiness by Martin Seligman covers the foundation of positive psychology principles. This post takes a look at the main points and.

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Steven Pinker Author of The Language Instinct A highly insightful scientific and personal reflection on the nature of happiness, from one of the most creative and influential psychologists of our time.

The author says that a key part of being happy is to understand your own “signature strengths” and to use them to help other people.

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So while the ideas may sound good, they don’t go along with the rest of the book, which at least purports to have its foundations in research. But it is a delusion, I believe, because the sum total of our momentary feelings turns out to be a very flawed measure of how good or how bad we judge an episode — a movie, a vacation, a marriage, or an entire life — to be. Fox Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. There are questionnaires on the website “Authentichappiness.

Moreover, one out of eight is helpless to begin with – it does not take any experience with uncontrollability at all to make them give up. The website is nice in that it keeps track of all your results for you and records when you took each test.

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The added minute means, of course, that this group gets more total pain than the routine group. This idea really appeals to me, and the last section of the book had some lovely suggestions on recognizing and supporting the strengths of our spouse and our children. My only objection to Authentic Happiness was Dr.

Find out one thing each is going to do that day. To see if optimism predicts longevity, scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, selected consecutive patients who referred themselves for medical care forty years ago.

This book has maybe 10 pages of useful content and the rest is filled with repetition, plugs for the website, sanctimonious moralizing, the typical cramming-it-all-into-my-model of personality psychologists, humblebrags SO many humblebragsabout his career, his family, his money, namedropping in the field, winning an election, whatevspop psych quizzes veritably ripped from the pages of a checkout counter magazine or waiting to be pasted thereinpotshots at the typical hobgoblins everyone’s-a-winner child soccer trophies, “victimology” is this supposed to be affirmative action, but that’s just too unpopular to his readership for him to say at the time the book was written?


Thus the competitiveness of Bill Gates is really his desire to outdo his father, and Princess Diana’s opposition to land mines was merely the outcome of sublimating her murderous hatred for Prince Charles and the other royals.

The “pleasant life” might be had by drinking champagne and driving a Porsche, but not the good life. But besides my admiration and support of Seligman, I just found this book to be fascinating. We can be sure their lifestyle, diet, and medical care were not the culprits. Drawing on groundbreaking psychological research, Seligman shows how Positive Psychology is shifting the profession’s paradigm away from its narrow-minded focus on pathology, victimology, and mental illness to positive emotion, virtue and strength, and positive institutions.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, the great Anglo-Viennese philosopher, was by all accounts miserable. The life-changing lesson of Authentic Happiness is that by identifying the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning. This is something you can learn to do in each of the main realms of your life: And let me say, he’s like “I wanted to include obedience to authority as one of the strengths even though it’s unpopular.

As marriage has declined and divorce increased, the amount of depression has skyrocketed. Please try again later.

Yet we have invented myriad shortcuts to feeling good; drugs, chocolate, loveless sex, shopping, masturbation, and television are all examples. The top 10 percent of happy people are involved in a romantic relationship.

Fordyce, and it has been taken by tens of thousands of people.

I call this imperfection in prediction the Harry Truman effect. I’d known about Seligmman’s work for quite some time. For me, the difference is absolutely fundamental.

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He discusses them in the book, so it’s fun to take them alongside reading or listening to his analysis and explanation. The field of psychology seems to have been beset by similar demons. It’s weird; for him there doesn’t seem to be a big difference between happiness due to good things and happiness due to delusional attitudes.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I’m just making my way through the preface, and I’m already pleased.


See all reviews. For a little history, he was President of the American Psychological Association, and began the movement that shifted the focus of psychology from trying happinesss “heal” the sick to preventing illness from happening.

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My sister-in-law lent me a copy of this book then I went out and bought my own. Worn down by all these negative explorations, he began to look for an emotion that is the opposite of moral disgust, which he calls elevation. There was some lip service given to using your strengths at work, but the “how” to do this seemed to be left a little vague. An Existential Detective Story as he postulates an absurd theology couched, of course, in carefully qualified language, deferential and apologetic to justify his enterprise, acting as though the silence of not-even-an e.p.xeligman can be an effective stand-in for an honest-to-god fallacy of authority.

While most of what he describes does not sound new, the read is worth while as it backs up all those long held beliefs buried in the self help sections of bookshops with solid emperical evidence. They are in the same economic and social class, and they have the same access to good medical care.

Vaillant has uncovered the best predictors of successful aging, among them income, physical health, and joy in living. I first started taking questionnaires at his website back in Seligman provides the Signature Strengths Survey along with a variety of brief tests that can be used to measure how much positive emotion readers jartin, in order to help determine what their highest strengths are.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Reorient authhentic thinking by evaluating: Unfortunately, unlike relieving depression where research has now provided step-by-step manuals that are reliably documented to workwhat we know about building happiness is spotty.

Similarly, 54 percent of the most cheerful quarter was alive at age ninety-four, as opposed to 11 percent of the least cheerful quarter. Love and humanity 4. It’s amazing what can be learned when all of the obscure, happlness studies of psychologists are all pooled together. Simon and SchusterAug 27, – Psychology – pages.