Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Seligman, Martin E. P.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_370

Basic Biography

Martin Seligman was born on August 12, 1942 in Albany, New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Seligman’s interest in psychology piqued at age 13, when his sister introduced him to Freud’s works, which she had been reading in college. Seligman, who had failed to make his 8th grade basketball team, initially read Freud to pass time, though quickly became fascinated with the insights he encountered. His original interest flourished into a hope of better understanding human psychopathology, leading him to participate in research on rats during his undergraduate studies as a philosophy major at Princeton University.

The day before his graduation from Princeton in 1964, Seligman married his first wife, Kerry Mueller. Currently Seligman lives with his wife Mandy McCarthy whom he married in 1988.

After graduating from Princeton summa cum laude Seligman decided to become an experimental...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lehman CollegeBronxUSA