During the past several years, we have developed strategies for inducing people to persuade themselves to change dysfunctional attitudes and behavior. Compared with more traditional, direct techniques of persuasion like advertising, self-persuasion produces more powerful, more permanent effects. Specific reference will be made to our research on reducing racial prejudice in schools and risky sexual behavior in young adults.
This address will present belief in one’s causative power as the foundation of human motivation, aspiration, accomplishments, and well-being. Whatever other factors serve as guides and motivators, they are rooted in the core belief that one has the power to make changes in one’s functioning and life conditions.
Drawing on the findings of her own mythic life and work in over 100 countries, 40 cultures, and with leaders the world over, Dr. Houston will offer a workshop rare for its ability to evoke new ways of being through the consideration of the dynamics of both old and emergent myths and stories of transformation. Participants will experience state of the art methods in experiencing sensory, psychological, symbolic and spiritual growth, and discovery in ways both practical and profound. Liberating thought ways, shifts in perception and understanding, and growth in capacity will enable the participant to take these discoveries back to his or her own clients, communities and organizations. Full of music and high theatre, and often hilarious (Houston’s father wrote the joke, “Who’s on First?”), this workshop will explore the mystery of living in a time of whole system transition when what we can do as individuals can make a significant difference in the lives of many.
There is a vast wisdom describing the capacity for self-transformation and healing central to Buddhist psychology, now a focus of current neuroscience research as well. We will delineate the principles and clinical/therapeutic applications of mindfulness, compassion and forgiveness trainings, attunement, mental health and well being, as well as the profound shift of identity that has parallels in eastern psychology and recent neuroscience research. We will explore the wedding of a spiritual psychology of the heart in tune with clinically sound modern science.
Happiness can be usefully dissolved into the Pleasant Life (Positive Emotions), the Engaged Life, and the Meaningful Life.The mission of Positive Psychology is to understand and build these three lives. Dr. Seligman will describe interventions that raise happiness, so defined, and will detail their effects on depression.
For more than sixty years in clinical psychology we have attempted to integrate science into practice for the benefit of the public. After a brief review of the progress we have made and the reasons for the emergence of evidence-based practice, we will consider current barriers to dissemination and implementation. These include the relative (in) efficacy of current psychological interventions, issues of comorbidity and heterogeneity of psychopathology, the ambiguity concerning mechanisms of action in treatments, a continuing emphasis on nomothetic rather than idiographic methodology, and emerging issues of implementation in clinical settings.
Positive Psychology measures and attempts to build PERMA: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. I present recent findings from individuals, the clinic, organizations, and nations, as well as evidence-based techniques for building PERMA.
So many books and seminars have emerged over the last decade with discovering one’s “purpose” as their theme. What are the cultural and historic reasons for this, given the unique shifts and challenges of our time? How do we engender the passion for the possible in our human development while discovering what that “possible” is? Is it even possible to become an artist of destiny, capable of decoding the patterns, clues, and relationships that point you to a mystery that cannot be known directly? Ultimately when it comes down to our fascination with purpose, are we fooling ourselves or are we present at the birth of an opportunity that exceeds our imagination.