Episode #136 “The Power of Being Seen: Using Positive Psychology to Enhance Well-being and Financial Behaviours”

With Dr. Tayyab Rashid | Licensed Clinical Psychologist | Professor | Author | Researcher


Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Wellbeing Science, University of Melbourne. Dr. Rashid is a renowned expert in the field of positive psychology and mental health. He also is a faculty associate with the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University and has over two decades of experience in strength-based clinical psychotherapy, resilience, and posttraumatic growth. He has worked with diverse populations, including 9/11 families, Asian Tsunami survivors, refugee families, journalists in conflict zones, and mass shooting survivors. Dr. Rashid has delivered more than fifty invited talks and keynotes globally and trained mental health professionals and educators worldwide. He is also the author of the widely acclaimed book Positive Psychotherapy (2018), which he co-wrote with Martin Seligman, and has been translated into several languages. Dr. Rashid is the recipient of the Outstanding Practitioner Award (2017) from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).

Why You Should Listen:

In this episode, we discuss the importance of feeling “seen” and the role it plays in making meaningful and sustainable behaviour changes, including financial behaviours. Whether you’re a financial planner, mental health practitioner, or simply someone looking to improve your well-being, we explore the power of character strengths and how they can help you find your authentic self and increase your financial resilience during uncertain times. Join us for an engaging conversation with Dr. Tayyab Rashid, a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with individuals experiencing complex mental health issues.


  1. The Power of Feeling “Seen”:
    • We explore the importance of feeling “seen” and how it can help us make meaningful and sustainable behaviour changes. We discuss how this concept applies to psychotherapy and financial planning, parenting, teaching, coaching, and other fields where behaviour change is a goal.
  2. Asking the Powerful Question “What Are You Good At?”:
    • We examine the benefits of asking the question “What are you good at?” in promoting positive and sustainable behaviour change. We also discuss how this approach differs from traditional therapy and financial planning and how embracing positive psychology can address underlying concerns.
  3. Psychotherapy Faces the 65% Barrier:
    • We delve into the limitations of traditional psychotherapy and how the focus on negative symptoms has reached an impasse. We discuss the “Psychotherapy 65% Barrier” and how positive psychology can be integrated into clinical practice to address this issue.
  4. Resilience:
    • We discuss Dr. Rashid’s recent work in Guyana, where he conducts a five-year resilience project. We explore his theories on resilience and how his personal experience has shaped his beliefs in this area.
  5. Character Strengths in Uncertain Financial Times:
    • We examine how character strengths can help us navigate uncertain financial times, such as those we are currently experiencing with rising inflation and interest rates. We discuss the relevance of character strengths to enhancing well-being and finding our authentic selves.


– Tayyab’s Personal Website: CLICK HERE

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