Are you or somebody thinking about making a change? PERMA can help ...



Almost every week, I am contacted by someone who is experiencing a role change imposed on them, considering changing roles or would like to be more effective in their role.


The conversation begins at a high level, summarising what is occurring and the options. If the nature of the chat remains at that level, it feels very clinical and doesn’t serve the person I am speaking with as well as it could. In most instances, we end up taking a holistic approach, and sometimes the PERMA model by Martin Seligman (a forefather of Positive Psychology) based on decades of research, is very useful.


What does PERMA incorporate?


- Positive Emotions – looking into the future with hope and enjoying the present.


- Engagement – what activities result in a person being in “flow”, being absorbed in an activity?


- Relationships – where are their strong relationships? What could be stronger?


- Meaning – when are we contributing to something greater than ourselves?


- Accomplishment – what are we doing or have completed? “I did it, and I did it well.”


As a coach (not a psychologist) who structures these conversations, I ask questions and qualify what actions a person would consider. The PERMA model helps this.


If you know somebody undergoing change, PERMA is worth exploring, and you can read more here.