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Martin Seligman

1942 - Today

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Martin Elias Peter Seligman (; born August 12, 1942) is an American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of well-being and positive psychology. His theory of learned helplessness is popular among scientific and clinical psychologists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Seligman has received more than 1,104,410 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Martin Seligman is the 56th most popular psychologist (up from 64th in 2019), the 779th most popular biography from United States (up from 883rd in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Psychologist.

Martin Seligman is most famous for his work in the field of positive psychology. He is the author of the book "Learned Optimism" and the founder of the field of positive psychology.

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Among psychologists, Martin Seligman ranks 56 out of 183Before him are Solomon Asch, Fritz Perls, Raymond Cattell, Sabina Spielrein, Alexander Luria, and Wolfgang Köhler. After him are Sándor Ferenczi, Leon Festinger, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Edward C. Tolman, and Pierre Janet.

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Among people born in 1942, Martin Seligman ranks 58Before him are Tobin Bell, Tony Buzan, Stanley B. Prusiner, Manuel Castells, Maurizio Pollini, and Jacob Zuma. After him are Arto Paasilinna, Bob Hoskins, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Lee Kun-hee, Peter Greenaway, and Felipe González.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martin Seligman ranks 779 out of 18,182Before him are Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Tobey Maguire (1975), Quincy Jones (1933), Neal Cassady (1926), Ray Manzarek (1939), and Groucho Marx (1890). After him are Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Dashiell Hammett (1894), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Linda B. Buck (1947), Frederick Chapman Robbins (1916), and Clyde Tombaugh (1906).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, Martin Seligman ranks 20Before him are Gordon Allport (1897), Albert Ellis (1913), Aaron T. Beck (1921), Alfred Kinsey (1894), Philip Zimbardo (1933), and Stanley Milgram (1933). After him are Leon Festinger (1919), Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913), Edward C. Tolman (1886), Timothy Leary (1920), Frederick Herzberg (1923), and G. Stanley Hall (1846).