Martin Seligman - How did your childhood shape where you are now?

By Sophie Archibald | 23 July 2018

In April, Sue Langley and The Langley Group team were invited by the Happiness and Its Causes team to participate in a special event: An Afternoon with Martin Seligman.  The event started with a keynote presentation by Dr Seligman, followed by an interview and Q&A session, hosted by Sue.

In the fifth video of our series covering the interview with Sue Langley, Dr Martin Seligman shares his candid thoughts and knowledge around Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.

How did your childhood shape where you are now?

Sue

And that brings me to something in your book, that you quite openly talk about; ... your upbringing, your childhood, and your desire for a sense of status, a sense of belonging and being in the echelons of whatever it might be, whether it ... be wealth or status or (being) known.

How did that shape where you are now, that early upbringing? 

Martin

Well I think we’ve created our own church here (...). What I’ve found in my lifetime and you probably found in creating the Langley Group was a large group of people who belong to the same church that you belong to...Well i guess... you know... the church is the wrong word here because it’s based on science and hope rather than faith and the dogma, (yet) I think there is (a) church of wellbeing, as there is a large group of people around the world that you and I belong to and serve, that has as its basic moral premise that we should build human flourishing. So I think that's where I belong to ...

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Don't miss previous videos:

Video 1: What Three Things Are You Grateful For?

Video 2: Who are the Key Positive Psychology Researchers?

Video 3: What did you learn from Chris Peterson?

Video 4: Can you have both Love and Respect?

The Interview Continues...

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Martin Seligman's latest book 'The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist's Journey from Helplessness to Optimism' is available in our online shop - find out more here.

About the Author: Sophie Archibald

Sophie Archibald

Sophie manages marketing for the Langley Group, helping people around the world use positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence to flourish. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Exeter, is accredited in the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and is currently studying the Langley Group Institute’s Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.

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