Martin Seligman

scientific and clinical psychologist

Seligman attended Princeton University and earned his A.B. degree and he earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

What makes Martin Seligman influential

Martin Seligman taught at the University of Pennsylvania , at the University of Pennsylvania he started to research learned helpless, meaning when people feel like they lost control of a situation, they tend to give up rather than fight for control. His research on helplessness and pessimism helped suggest treatments for depression and ways to prevent it.

He discovered a new branch of psychology by his research in learned pessimistic attitudes which led him to an interest in optimism. Which created the term Positive Psychology .

Some achievements of this psychologist include being ranked the 31st most eminent psychologist, and the 13th most cited psychologist in introductory psychology textbooks.

Books by Martin Seligman: Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life,  and Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment.

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