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        Positive Psychology: Adolescence

        Leading experts in the field of positive psychology contributed to this video about the practices and components of an arm of psychology that begins from the perspective of an individual’s strengths, not their deficits.  Teachers can use all clips with students or as professional development in learning about the topic and students.  Classroom activities are included for many of the clips. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, George Vaillant.

        Positive psychology helps a student to understand who he or she already is…and then to build on it.  But trained teachers can help provide tools to maximize positive benefits.  Seligman talks about teaching as a signature strength so supporting teachers in training is quite important.  Csikszentmihalyi uses rock climbing as a metaphor for living the meaningful life in terms of using signature strengths and nurturing them in an activity that goes beyond the everyday.

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