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Positive psychology founder offers a simple exercise to stay calm in the face of uncertainty

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Martin Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and director of Penn’s Positive Psychology Center.
March 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing daily and the country’s response is evolving along with it. In these uncertain times, people are sure to feel anxiety and fear. The human mind is programmed to consider the worst possible outcome of a situation—even though that outcome is often not the one that comes to pass. Martin E. P. Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences explains a simple exercise that helps put things into perspective. With four simple steps, considering (1) the worst outcome, (2) the best outcome, and (3) something in between, people can (4) discover a more likely scenario that can help them prepare to face changing times with confidence.

Read more about Seligman’s exercise at Penn Today >

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