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NEWS: Positive Psychology Institute at McLean Hospital

written by Editor S.M. 15 January 2007
Carol Kauffman

Senia Maymin is the founder and editor-in-chief of PositivePsychologyNews.com. She was the series editor for the Positive Psychology News book series that recently published the first book, Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves. (Bio, Articles)

Today, the Boston Globe reported that Positive Psychology will be introduced to McLean Hospital.  The article writes,

McLean is putting together a proposal to create an institute that will aim to teach healthcare providers and patients some of the more practical tenets of positive psychology, a mix of science and self-help that has been growing explosively in academia and building buzz in the media.

Carol Kauffman, who has been a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital, will be the institute’s director.  The institute is expected to launch by the end of 2007.  The article reports that the institute will start off small, with a budget of $250,000, and staff including Kauffman as director, her cofounder Margaret Moore who runs a coaching company, a postdoctoral researcher, and some administrative staff, and the institute will seek additional investment. 


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Carol Kauffman 16 January 2007 - 3:58 pm

Thanks for putting this news up on the blog!
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Senia 18 January 2007 - 5:01 pm

Martin Seligman in today’s Letter to the Editor of the Globe disputes the statement of Julie Norem in the above article. Worth a read: Seligman letter here.

Jeff 18 January 2007 - 8:45 pm

I laughed out loud when I read his rebuttal to Norem’s criticisms. May I present Teaching pessimisim: a class by Woody Allen.


What would the syllabus look like?
Class 1: Don’t worry, you’re screwed.
Class 2: Why your dog hates you
Class 3: Frowning is better than no face at all. Just kidding it sucks, too.
Class 4: Signature Vices: how to get the least (from your worst)
Class 5: How to bitch about your job.
Class 6: Intro to Suicide How not to kill yourself: you’ll just mess it up anyway.
Class 7: Boo-Hoo. How to whine for what you want.
Class 8: How to work for a Jerk.
Class 9: Relax. Life is much worse than you think.
CAPSTONE PROJECT: A Waste of time ‘cuz when you die you rot. Deal with it.

David J. Pollay 28 January 2007 - 12:41 am

Congrats Carol!

And I like Marty’s response!




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