You’ve probably heard of Dr. Martin Seligman, author of ‘Learned Optimism’. Well , the US military has decided to have drill seargeants administer his positive psychology on soldiers. Really? As readers of my blog hopefully realize by now, one size does not fit all when it comes to psyhological theory and technique. In fact, the wrong size can be useless at best, harmful and even deadly at worst. Psychologists in the military have some of the best understanding of PTSD in the world, and they were not consulted about this.
Dr. Seligman thinks it is great, of course, because he is such a positive guy.