Positive Psychology Areas of Focus in Relation to Interpersonal and Prosocial Behavior

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Positive Psychology Areas of Focus in Relation to Interpersonal and Prosocial Behavior Carmen Amaya Park University 1. Abstract The concepts of Positive Psychology are explored through an intrapersonal, interpersonal, and pro-social lens using empirical research as the basis. The paper examines the history, intentions and scope of positive psychology in relationship to personal experiences and character traits that lead to personal effectiveness. The specific Areas of Focus examine the major principles of Positive Psychology and their importance with regards to; changes in emotional states, cognitive processes and experiences in juxtaposition with current research. The concepts and principles are then applied to current…show more content…
Changes in Emotional States, Processes, and Experiences Resiliency, hope and courage have been demonstrated in my life through the emotional experiences of increased confidence, calm, and peacefulness. This has been particularly true when I have faced adversity, because these traits are less noticeable when everything is going well. In fact, I consider resilience and courage to be dormant traits when my external circumstances are pleasant and without conflict because I really have no need for these traits at this time. When circumstances are difficult, however, I need them more than ever. Specifically, I have noticed that as I become more resilient then I feel more confident and calm because I am no longer as emotionally reactive to adverse circumstances. In this sense, emotional resiliency reflects what Russell and Fosha (2008) observe about resiliency’s effect on emotional processing in the midst of suffering or trauma. When people are sufficiently resilient, they are able to more fully process the emotional experiences associated with adverse circumstances even while those events are occurring because they create their own internal safe environment from which they can continue to function. Furthermore, resilient people do not utilize negative defense mechanisms associated with blocking or resisting suffering (Russell & Fosha, 2008). Two of the

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