Course Details

923: Positive Psychology

July 11-15
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Positive Psychology strives to enable normal people to optimize their life experiences in contrast to traditional psychology that seeks to bring emotionally disturbed people up to a normal state. The father of positive psychology is Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. The field has been in existence for about 25 years, although its origins go back to the logotherapy of Viktor Frankl, author of "Man's Search for Meaning". Positive Psychology has a five part acronym, PERMA (Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment) which we will address successively in the five classes of this course. This study group has a high class size capacity.

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Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: In-Person

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Robert Kolodney

Bob Kolodney is an angel investor and OLLI Study Group Leader, after having been (in reverse order): a serial entrepreneur, a manager, a consultant, a lawyer, and a graduate school teaching assistant (educated at Harvard/Columbia Law School/INSEAD). His previous study groups at OLLI include: Venture Capital/Angel Investing, Nature of Humor, PDQ Joyce, The Roaring 2020s, and Exponential Organizations in a Changing World.

Reading List:

Mans Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl) | 0: | Recommended
The Art of Impossible (Steven Kotler) | 2021: | Recommended
The Hope Circuit (Martin Seligman) | 2018: | Recommended