Long before there were empirically supported treatments or randomized clinical trials of psychotherapy, a group at the University of Chicago was conducting the first psychotherapy research, led by Carl Rogers. Jules Seeman was there at the beginning, as an early Research Coordinator for this project.

In a volume of unpublished and previously-published works, and new essays, Dr. Seeman takes us on a journey from the very beginnings of psychotherapy research, through a long career studying optimal functioning (the precursor of what is now known as positive psychology), and capping it off with chapters synthesizing work on optimal functioning and human systems.

Jules Seeman, 1915–2010

Jules passed away December 11, 2010 at the age of 95. Shortly before his death he wondered aloud whether a person was ever too old to generate new ideas. Following this he began work on a model that integrated humanistic psychotherapy with psychodynamic interpretation.

He was a lover of opera, travel, dancing, and Maryland crab cakes. He is beloved and missed by many. Throughout his life he emphasized the fundamental importance of communication and connection.