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New Meetup: "Positive Psychology" - Studying happiness and humility

From: Justin S.
Sent on: Thursday, February 11, 2010 1:43 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The San Antonio Science Caf?!

What: Positive Psychology: Studying happiness and humility

When: Tuesday, February 23,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Location is to be determined, probably a brewery, pub or tasty-burger place.

Join us for an exciting discussion about what makes people happy, and how humility can be understood in a psychological framework. In the next science cafe, Alexander Quiros presents a brief introduction to Positive Psychology, a sub-field of psychology that "studies the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive". Most of us are unfamiliar with this area of study. Alex will dispel some myths about the questions that positive psychologists ask, and why it is important. He will also introduce some of the ways that psychologists can measure "healthy" humility and predict happiness, and the implications for personal growth.

Alex received his Ph.D. in Psychology at Texas A&M University and is a frequent science cafe participant.
Note: Alex's dissertation on this topic can be found online.

One of the most important people in positive psychology research, Martin Seligman is director of the Positive Psychology Center at University of Pennsylvania. He gave an excellent introduction to the field of positive psychology and its implications for human happiness at his brief (about 20 minutes) TED Talks seminar. I recommend that anyone interested in the future of psychology or understanding the science of happiness watch this video and be familiar with his work.

Please join us, and ask some thoughtful questions, at this month's science cafe on the science (psychology) of happiness and humility.

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