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funny thing happened to
Social Science Professor
Robert Fera on the way to
becoming chairman of
MCC's Human Services Department.
In addition to pondering what makes
people maladjusted and miserable, he
began exploring what makes us
resilient and happy.
A licensed mental health counselor
who has provided counseling services
or taught psychology and human
services courses at Middlesex for almost
30 years, Fera has spent most of his
career focused on abnormal psychology.
Now, he has become a proponent and
teacher of the relatively new field of
positive psychology.
"In the past, most of human
psychology was focused on illness and
suffering," said Fera. "We were
concentrating on what made people
sick and how to treat disorders.
"With positive psychology, researchers
are studying wellness and why some
people flourish while others languish,"
he explained. "It's a whole new field
that involves going in the direction of
promoting greater well-being."
Fera has been teaching "Positive
Psychology" at Middlesex for three
years. "MCC is one of the few
community colleges that offers a course
in positive psychology," he said. "It's
much more common at four-year
colleges and universities."
According to his course syllabus,
positive psychology is "the study of the
unique characteristics of the human
experience that contribute to positive
adaption, growth and well-being. It is
concerned with helping all people
develop their strengths and talents."
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MCC is one of the few
community colleges
that offers a course in
positive psychology.
It's much more common
at four-year colleges
and universities.
Robert Fera
Professor of Social Science
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