What Is Positive Psychology?

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What is Positive Psychology?

At a casual glance, positive psychology looks like the study of happiness. It is more than that. Positive psychology attempts to explain what happiness is. It is a school of psychology that aims to help achieve a positive life, not just focusing on mental illness. It is concerned with the self and group positive emotion, action and interaction. A main focus is to help people with their strengths. If they can focus on their strengths and not just their weaknesses they can become better-rounded. Many schools of psychology only focus on mental illness and disordered behavior to the unfortunate exclusion of optimism. Positive psychology seeks to repair some of the negative connotation that psychology has received over the years.

The Positive Psychology Movement I would consider positive psychology a movement…it is clear that it ‘borrows’ from humanistic psychology, behaviorism, religion and philosophy. You can also see the roots of positive psychology in Alfred Adler’s individual psychology as well. It has beginnings in Carl Rogers’ fully functioning person theory. You can clearly see the influence of self-actualization. Jung’s views on the importance of spirituality are evident as well. Spirituality can increase subjective well-being. Some previous schools of psychology attempted to only be ‘scientific’ and have no attachment to spirituality. Positive psychology clearly borrows from Greek philosophy and Christianity. It definitely…
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