Psychology : Positive And Negative Psychology

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Positive psychology, is a new field of psychology that draw heavily on humanist influences. This area of psychology places its focus on understanding how to enhance our lives by studying what produces our happiness through the use of scientific methods to understand how this affects us leading healthy, happy and successful lives. Through the belief that society would like to lead meaningful and rewarding lives the goal of positive psychology is to, in addition the other fields of psychology, accompany these ideas in order to help individuals and society, as a whole, to achieve satisfactory lives, rather than just treating illness through the use of fighting our weakness by strengthening our positive traits. Martin Seligman, who is considered the “father” of positive psychology criticizes psychology for being primarily dedicated to addressing mental illness rather than mental "wellness" (as citied by Held, 2004). In response he states that in order to enhance the well-being and happiness of ourselves we must study psychology through a different means thus his aim of positive psychology is to begin to catalyze a change in the focus of psychology from preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building positive qualities. It is the scientific study of what makes life worth living, it is the study of positive experiences, positive character traits, and the institutions that help cultivate them (Seligman, 2011). Although this may sound similar to
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