This is the second artwork (well…) in my self-imposed learning journey on the way to producing decent infographics. This time, I chose Martin Seligman´s PERMA framework, which, by many people, is considered to be the most comprehensive framework of “the good life”, the foundation of Positive Psychology in science and practice.
Since PERMA is not exactly hot from the presses, I added a little twist: For a couple of years now, Marty challenges his students in the Penn Master of Positive Psychology program to propose meaningful additions to the original PERMA outline (Positive Emotions | Engagement | Relationships | Meaning | Achievement). Over time, it became clear that the original framework may be somewhat “neck-up”, thereby omitting aspects such as sports, sex, sustenance, and sleep.
PERMA-V: Positive Psychology, neck-up and neck-down
Therefore, students kept asking for the letter “S” to be added – which ultimately would result in the acronym PERMAS (doesn´t sound too funky…) or SPERMA (uh-uh, not a proper name for a scientific term…). Meanwhile, there seems to be a growing mutual consent to choose the letter “V” for Vitality – and to put it at the end with a hyphen. To my knowledge, this was first proposed by a fellow Mapp graduate, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya.
What do you think?
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8 thoughts on “Infographic: Building Blocks of the Good Life (PERMA-V)”
Nico, I think it is a wonderful idea, which has been already thought of by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya :-). She is teaching a CAPP program based on the PERMA-V model and for anyone interested her web site is http://theflourishingcenter.com/.
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Dear Lidia, I know. We’ve met a couple of times 🙂
I recall one factor analytic study suggesting a sixth focus around service to others. I’lve often thought about that. I think you could combine R & M and address that. We know of lots of evidence that service gives great joy. Is it worth a new category
Very valid. But I guess Marty would put that at the intersection of R and M…
Hi Dr Nico, Your info-graphic is very accurate. I love that Vitality has been included as the health of our body and mind is paramount to producing the required dopamine to fuel the decision making process between the pre-frontal and limbic parts of the brain. This is further evidence for healthy eating, exercising and good sleeping habits. Well done.