Professor Martin Seligman delivers RCSI MyHealth guest lecture

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Martin Seligman

Professor Martin Seligman joined RCSI for a special RCSI MyHealth guest lecture on 'Positive psychology, agency and human progress', coinciding with his conferring of an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the university.

The lecture can be watched here.

Professor Seligman, who is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, is recognised as the founder of positive psychology as a field of scientific study.

Through his pioneering work, he shifted the focus of psychology from the elimination of misery to the more empowering practices of gratitude, resilience and hope. He is also a recognised authority on interventions that prevent depression and build strengths and well-being.

He has written more than 350 scholarly publications and 30 books and his methods have been adopted widely across the world in education, healthcare and public policy. His most recent book The Hope Circuit, published in 2018, is an autobiography and memoir of his ideas, described as 'a psychologist's journey from helplessness to optimism'.

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