A Balanced Psychology and a Full Life Essay

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Summary: This article is written by Martin E.P Seligman, and is largely about the modern interpretations of happiness and the way psychology has been dealing with improperly by only looking at how to minimize pain and not maximize happiness. He starts the article by recounting some of history of psychology that led to the current state of affairs, beginning at World War 2. He claims that right before WW2 there were 3 main objectives to psychology: curing mental illness, making untroubled people happier, and studying genius/talent. These all fell by the wayside after WW2 however as all of the funding began to flow towards the study of mental illness, not towards the study of mental health. This was mainly because…show more content…
This can be true even if the method to achieving this is itself unpleasant. The third method is revolves around using your strengths to gain a sort of gratification that is greater than oneself. This is called meaning, where we strive for something higher that ourselves in order to gain a lasting purpose in life. The third section of this article is about methods to nurture the three routes to happiness. Seligman starts by saying that different interventions have been developed for each route and are also in the process of testing. Preliminary results would suggest that it is possible to increase a person’s happiness level and that these effects do not fade immediately after the tests. He stresses that these tests (a few of which he describes in detail) are for increasing happiness and not for just decreasing suffering. He ends the article by talking about his optimism and goals for the future of his discipline. He stresses the idea of balancing the field of psychology, saying that this will happen when there is no longer a distinction between positive psychology and regular psychology. Analysis: This Article, while being written about an ambiguous topic like happiness, still manages to stay on point and manages to sound very scientific. One of the main ways he does this is by
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