PSYC431 Week 3 BPS Reactions to Disasters DQ

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In review of our course materials this week, we are introduced to several excellent theories aiding our understanding in the survivors’ experience in coping after disaster events. The complex nature of disasters results in reactions manifested in many ways including psychological, biological, and social. The architect of modern-day positive psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman, speaks to the foundational basis of the psychological approach in his Ted Talk, The New Era of Positive Psychology. In considering the insights Dr. Seligman applies to the field of psychology, we may find useful applications to addressing concerns unique to disaster psychology.

  • After reviewing the course materials for the week, including Dr. Seligman’s Ted Talk, share the theory or psychological approach to coping after a disaster event that most stood out to you as effective in aiding survivors and the rationale for your selection.
  • In addition, considering the Core Actions of Psychological First Aid (PFA) we have reviewed thus far, discuss the appropriateness of implementing any or all Core Actions in conjunction with the selected theory or approach.

Remember to respond to at least three classmates during the week in the discussion forum.


Seligman, M. (2004). Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology [Video file]. Retrieved from

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The New Era of Positive Psychology-Martin Seligman

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The New Era of Positive Psychology-Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman is a well-known American psychologist who dedicated much of his time
researching and exploring depression, optimism positive emotion, resilience and perhaps
developing interventions that enhances well-being while preventing depression because his
major achievement was to bring happiness to the world. In one of his Ted Talk videos; the New
Era of Positive Psychology, it is clear that Seligman discusses the current state of optimism and
how humans can all find out what makes life worth living. Copying with disasters is viewed as
interaction between how an individual sizes up an event as impacting when making decisions for
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