Our next meeting

Thursday 26th November 2020

Solly-Abraham talk

Positive psychology and
personal happiness

A talk by Solly Abraham

Solly Abraham

The history and traditional application of psychology focuses on the question of how to relieve mental pain, misery and distress.

From Freud to modern times its preoccupation has been mental illness with all its negative connotations. Thus psychology has neglected to consider the other side of the coin – not just the alleviation of the bad, but how to enhance the good.

The positive psychology movement attempts to put the enhancement of happiness on as solid a basis as that from which we try to ease sadness.

Positive psychology is not just about positive thinking.

Much of its theory and practice derives from an approach which considers that happiness is enhanced when we engage in thought and activities which utilise our own individual strengths and preferences.

The diagnosis of these strengths forms the basis for identifying activities from all areas of life to reinforce authentic happiness and lead to a more fulfilling life.

Solly intends, during the course of his talk, to:

l Consider the theory behind positive psychology

l Look at the way these ideas can be applied to everyday life

l Gain an understanding of our own individual strengths

l Examine exercises designed to enhance personal happiness


Solly Abraham

has been a clinical hypnotherapist for over twenty years, taking a particular interest in depression and gastroenterological problems as well as social based phobias.
From 2002 to 2005 he held an honorary position at St Marks Hospital as hypnotherapist for a research project “Hypnotherapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease” with Prof, Alistair Forbes team. consultant.
He is also a long-time member of the James Braid Society.


The meeting will takes place at the  at “The Carpenters Arms”, 12 Seymour Place,  W1H 7NE – just off Edgware Road & close to Marble Arch tube station.  Meetings start at 7.15pm

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