(1) Chris Peterson writes about Randy Pausch in "The Last
Lecture: A Positive Psychology Case Study." (2)
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August Discount on Foundations MCP 124 Foundations Training
TeleWorkshop on Coaching
Essay: "The Last Lecture: A Positive Psychology
Case Study" by Chris Peterson
Grant Interview Friday, August 15, 2008
Interviews and Classes
August 12, 2008
Dear CTH Readers,
(1) Martin E. P. Seligman: Your
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CTH Newsletter about the false allegations that
Marty Seligman "provided assistance in the process" of torture
to the CIA have been overwhelming. Thanks so much.
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Anthony Grant Interview: We're having a special Q&A
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Tony is the Founder and Director of the Coaching Psychology
Unit at the University of Sydney and a central figure in the
(5) Future Interviews: P. Alex
Linley (8/22/08) and a September Interview with Ed Diener
and Sonja Lyubomirsky.
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4. The Last Lecture: A Positive Psychology Case
By Chris Peterson, Ph.D.
Peterson's New Blog: "The Good Life." As you
know, Chris Peterson is a positive psychology luminary who is
internationally known for his research, teaching and writing.
His most recent book, A
Primer in Positive Psychology, is being
read and used throughout the world.
if that is not enough, he now writes a superb blog, "The Good
Life." For my money, it contains some of the best writing
in the blogosphere.
main essay today is his June blog post on Randy Pausch who died
of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008. Chris wrote this
essay six weeks before Randy died.
has been kind enough to allow us to publish his blog on the
CTH and MentorCoach sites in addition to it's location on the
Psychology Today website. [You can watch Randy Pausch's
"Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" here.]
Last Lecture: A Positive Psychology Case Study
Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.
colleague Ben Dean and I recently conducted an Internet survey
of 1464 adults interested in positive psychology that asked
what they would most like to know about this new field. A
large number wanted compelling case examples of actual people
who lived life well, who embodied the strengths of character
that we have been studying with quantitative methods.
The world's greatest teachers, from Socrates and Jesus to the
present, have always used parables to instruct and inspire others,
and in the disciplines of business and law, the detailed examination
of particular cases is the preferred method of teaching. Psychologists
have also relied on cases, but these have been psychiatric histories
that centered on people's problems.
With exceptions, such as Howard Gardner's psychobiographies
of exceptionally talented historical figures and Anne Colby
and William Damon's multiple case studies of contemporary people
of striking moral commitment, positive psychologists have made
insufficient use of cases to understand what makes life most
Here is another exception, a marvelous example of what it means
to live well: Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Professor Randy
Pausch, whose "last lecture" is all over the Internet (e.g.
Lots of universities, including my own, feature an annual "last
lecture" in which award-winning teachers are asked to imagine
that they are near death and to convey their final thoughts
to students. I hope we all have the decency to retire the title,
because now there is but one last lecture, the one by Professor
In case you have been living under a rock, at the time of the
lecture and at the time of my writing, he is dying, the victim
of an aggressive pancreatic cancer. His last lecture was not
maudlin, not saccharine, not filled with false bravado. It was
simply wonderful. Five minutes into my watching, I forgot that
he was dying. What captivated me was how he was living.
I watched his last lecture wearing many hats. As a teacher,
I was inspired. As a lecturer, I was filled with admiration.
As a human being, I was proud.
Watch it yourself. No summary I could offer would do it justice.
I do want to make a few observations. Positive psychologists,
including me, intone that there are multiple routes to happiness
and fulfillment: through pleasure, through engagement, and through
meaning. If so, then Randy Pausch has scored the hat trick of
happiness. He is wickedly funny; he loves his work; and he contributes
mightily to the larger world.
Other people matter to him, and he to them. When he received
tenure at his university, he took his entire research team to
Disney World to express his gratitude. One of his colleagues
later asked him, "How could you do that?" His response: "How
could I not?"
All of us who are instructors should teach the "case" of Professor
Pausch. The best known cases in psychology should not be Little
Hans and Little Albert.
It has been said, by Elizabeth Edwards and by others, that living
is what you do until you die. Randy Pausch shows us that that
living well is the right way to do it. Yes, we encounter brick
walls, sometimes frequently. But as Professor Pausch reminds
us, brick walls are there to remind us how badly we want something.
5. Q&A Interview with Anthony Grant, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, Coaching Psychology Unit, University of
Friday, August 15, 2008
TIME: 7:00 pm to 8:20 pm EDT (New York City)
4:00 pm to 5:20 pm PDT (San Francisco)
11:00 pm to 12:20 am UTC/GMT
9:00 am to 10:20 am Saturday EST (Sydney)
In this interview, Tony will spend some time talking about
his coaching research using power points that we'll post for
those who enroll.
You can register for the interview here.
All who register will receive a digital recording of the interview.
About Anthony Grant, Ph.D.
In January 2000 Anthony ("Tony" to his friends) Grant established
the world’s first Coaching
Psychology Unit at the School of Psychology at Sydney University
where he is the director.
The unit offers postgraduate degree programs to Master’s level
in Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching) and the Master of
was instrumental in the development and introduction of these
In addition to his academic work, Tony has coached many of Australia’s
leading executives and CEOs and arguably has the largest coaching
contract in the world.
His coaching research and practice has frequently been
reported in the national and international media. He has co-written
and co-edited five books on evidence-based coaching and has
coaching-related publications in the peer-reviewed and professional
press. His books on coaching have been translated into eight
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Sonja is one of the world's leading experts on happiness, a
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tuition will be discounted by $100 for new students! For
B. Upcoming Interviews:
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P. Alex Linley, Ph.D. Friday, August 22, 2008 11:00
AM EDT (New York Time) Click
(3) Ed Diener, Ph.D. and Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
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