E. P. Seligman
Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., works on learned helplessness, depression,
and on optimism and pessimism. He is currently Fox Leadership Professor
of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is well known in academic and clinical circles and is a best-selling
His bibliography includes twenty books and 200 articles on motivation
and personality. Among his better-known works are Learned Optimism;
The Optimistic Child; Helplessness; Abnormal Psychology, Authentic
Happiness, and coauthor of The Classification of Strengths
Seligman's research and writing has been broadly supported by a number
of institutions including The National Institute of Mental Health
(continuously since 1969), the National Institute of Aging, the National
Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.
His research on preventing depression received the MERIT Award of the
National Institute of Mental Health in 1991. He is the network director
of the Positive Psychology Network and Scientific Director of the Telos
Project of the Mayerson Foundation.
In 1996 Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological
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