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The key to happiness: Prof. Dan Gilbert on happiness.

August 18, 2010

Happiness is not a topic generally covered in psychotherapy trainings. Some schools may even distrust the concept, especially given that Freud is quoted as saying that the aim of psychoanalysis is to replace neurotic suffering with ordinary human misery.

However, increasingly academic psychologists in the US are propounding psychological theories of happiness, largely based on cognitive assumptions. Dan Gilbert a Harvard professor of psychology brings social-psychological thinking to the question "what makes us happy?" His book "Stumbling on Happiness" is a best seller and he has given a keynote address at the annual meeting of the America Psychological Association and a presentation at TED.

To be sure happiness is a concept tainted by the mire and muck of the modern marketing-media driven economy, but the fact that psychotherapy trainings largely ignore it as a topic seems like a significant ommission.


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