Match. Martin Seligman founded the field of positive psychology in 2000, and has devoted his career since then to furthering the study of positive emotion, positive character traits, and positive institutions. Seligman wants to improve the emotional life of normal people and worries that positive psychology may become a fad of the privileged at Davos and the Aspen Institute. STUDY. Test. Spell. Positive psychology, initiated by Seligman, is the term given to a collection of studies aimed at researching what makes life worth living [1]. Flashcards. Seligman, PhD APA President. Gravity. Why you should listen. Created by. PLAY. “Use your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are.” ~ Martin Seligman (2002, p. 263) Martin Seligman is a pioneer of Positive Psychology (the term itself was coined by Abraham Maslow), not simply because he has a systematic theory about why happy people are happy, but because he uses the scientific method to explore it. Psychologist Martin Seligman is considered the father of this branch of psychology after he led the charge to popularize it in 1998. theMEEEEEE. Positive psychology aims to gain a deeper understanding of positive emotions, positive traits, and positive institutions. Learn. Before World War II, psychology had three missions: curing mental illness, making the lives of all people more fulfilling, and identifying and nurturing high talent.After the war, two events changed the face of psychology. Selected Publications: Write. Positive psychology is a relatively new subfield of psychology that focuses on human strengths and the things that make life worth living. Positive Psychology, optimism, learned helplessness, depression, and comprehensive soldier fitness Professor Martin Seligman will be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2021. By Martin E.P. AP Psychology Chapter 6. Building human strength: psychology’s forgotten mission.