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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Martin Seligman and signature strengths

Martin Seligman (1942-now) is an American psychologist best know for his contributions to positive psychology. Wikipedia says,


"Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of this theories of positive psychology and of well-being. His theory of learn helplessness is popular among scientific and clinical psychologists." (Wikipedia: Martin Seligman, 5.25.21 UTC 12:14)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Seligman.


Signature strengths


"The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power or goodness." (


"Flow occurs in your life when your highest skills are matched to challenges that quite exactly meet them." (




"Optimism generates hope... hope releases dreams... dreams set goals... enthusiasm follows." (


"Finding temporary and specific causes for misfortune is the art of hope: temporary causes limit helplessness in time and specific causes limit helplessness to the original situation." (


"Changing the destructive things you say to yourself when you experience the setbacks that life deals all of us is the central skill of optimism." (