Historically, psychology and psychotherapy have focused on understanding and fixing negative states of being, such as mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Little energy was ever devoted towards helping people understand how to avoid such negative states in the first place, or, for that matter, how to enhance one's normal life experience so as to become a happier, more fulfilled person.
Recently, a new movement within psychology has turned it sights towards understanding the positive aspects of human experience; those behaviors and beliefs that help people to thrive through adverse circumstances and to live life to their fullest capacities. In this first ever Wise Counsel podcast, Dr. Drimmer describes how learning how to cultivate happiness and optimism can dramatically impact your life for the better.
Links From This Podcast:
- Email Dr. Drimmer at: "docjohnny at earthlink dot net"
- Dr. Martin Seligman's Authentic Happiness webpage
About John Drimmer, Psy.D.
John Drimmer, Psy.D. has distinguished himself as one of the new leaders of the field of Positive Psychology. A born and bred New Yorker, he’s been teaching at UCLA’s Medical School and has founded the Positive Psychology Center of California. He comes to this work with a really unusual background. Dr. John Drimmer spent three decades making film and television programs. All that time he's been an avid student of the human drama. He was a producer for 60 Minutes, helped found The History Channel and executive produced programs for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and The Learning Channel. He’s also written Hollywood movies including Iceman. He also is a winner of the DuPont-Columbia Award.