The Downfall Of Positive Psychology

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The Downfall of Positive Psychology In Schrank’s “Positive psychology: An Approach to Supporting Recovery in Mental Illness” he discusses the definition, history, research, and psychotherapy that is involved with positive psychology. There are multiple definitions that psychologists have developed for positive psychology that stem from six core domains which are “(i) virtues and character strengths, (ii) happiness, (iii) growth, fulfilment of capacities, development of highest self, (iv) good life, (v) thriving and flourishing, and (vi) positive functioning under conditions of stress.” (Schrank 96). The focus of these six domains have helped create the building blocks for positive psychology and what the patients need to focus on to have…show more content…
Positive Psychotherapy was a factor that evolved its ideas from positive psychology that’s main goal was to increase the wellbeing of its patients through approaching it with two different types of learning to love and to know that is also associated with the unconscious, while some other types of psychotherapy focus on “Fordyce’s “happiness intervention”,48 Fava et al’s “wellbeing therapy”,49 and Frisch’s “quality of life therapy”.” (Schrank 98) which focus more on how to improve in overall life. Positive Psychotherapy was created based off the ideas of positive psychology with the help of CBT which stands for Cognitive Behavior Therapy that was geared towards creating cognitive bias towards negative thoughts (Schrank 98), these ideas were then tested in multiple experiments with many mental health patients but the best results came from those suffering from mild to severe depression. But recent experiments with positive psychotherapy with patients suffering from other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or substance abuse can have “desirable outcome” (Schrank 99) which extends positive psychology effectiveness beyond those just suffering from depression. In all Positive psychology, can have a lasting effect on those patients who take part in treatment and can decrease depressive symptoms or help those suffering from severe mental illness. Imagine waking up dreading the day before you, without a smile on your face and having to force yourself out of bed. Then when
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