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Positive Psychology Conference Comes to West Coast for the First Time

December 12, 2008

This sounds like an intersting area of research activity.

For the first time ever on the west coast, top minds in ‘happiness studies’ will gather to share new ways that positive psychology is being used all over the world and predict how this rocketing new field will have a major impact on not only the academic world of traditional psychology, but will be used to improve lives, business, education, health, and public policy. The event will happen on January 24 at Claremont Graduate University.

Positive psychology was developed about nine years ago. The conference will focus on how positive research can now move from a strictly theoretical phase to application into the world.

“Most research on human behavior has focused on what goes wrong in human affairs: aggression, mental disease, failure, and so on,” said CGU Professor Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, who is considered one of two co-founders of positive psych. “While it is essential to study and contain such pathologies, it is equally important to understand those aspects of human experience that make life worth living.”

CGU began the world’s first PhD in positive psychology in fall of 2007.

University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman is considered the founder of positive psychology, and will address the conference via video. Other panelists include:

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