POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY - PP

WHY POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY?

In less than a decade, Positive Psychology (PP) has caught the attention not only of the academic community but also the general public.  You have probably heard of the term ‘positive psychology' on TV, radio or even in fashion magazines. But what is it really? What does it stand for?

 

In short, Positive Psychology is a science of positive aspects of human life, such as happiness, well-being and flourishing. It can be summarised in the words of its founder, Martin Seligman, as the ‘scientific study of optimal human functioning [that] aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive'.

 

Psychology has more often than not emphasised the shortcomings of individuals as compared with their potentials. This particular approach focuses on the potentials. It is not targeted at fixing problems, but is focused on researching things that make life worth living instead.  It is a call for psychological science and practice to be as concerned with strength as with weakness; as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst; and as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling as with healing pathology. 

 

Imagine living a life where you were able to: 

 

  • Be more resiliant and rise to life’s challenges, make most of setbacks and adversity

  • Engage and relate to other people more effectivley

  • Find fulfillment in creativity and productivity

  • Look beyond oneself and help others to find lasting meaning, satisfaction, and wisdom

 

It would be great wouldn't it?  After all this is what some say life is about.

 

 

WHAT IS POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY?

 

In explaining and understanding what Positive Psychology is, it is is best to start with defining the two words that have been put together to define this movement.

 

pos'itive [poz-i-tiv] a. constructive in intention or attitude; showing optimism and confidence; measured or moving forward or in a direction of improvement or progress n. a good, affirmative, or constructive quality or attribute 

psychol'ogy [sahy-kol-uh-jee] n.the study of the mind and behavioural characteristics typical of an individual or group in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity

 

Given these definitions we could say that "Positive Psychology is the study of the mindset and behaviours that help you move foward in life always always improving, always progressing being confident and optismistic as you do". 

 

 

Offciially, Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an

applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of

the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations

to thrive.  Positive Psychology is grounded in the belief that people want to lead

meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, and to

enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

 

 

Nowhere does this definition say or imply that psychology should ignore or dismiss the very real problems that people experience. Nowhere does it say or imply that the rest of psychology needs to be discarded or replaced. The value of positive psychology is to complement and extend the problem-focused psychology that has been dominant for many decades.  In short, positive psychology is concerned not with how to transform, for example, -8 to -2 but with how to bring +2 to +8.

 

 

HOW?

 

Positive Psychology tells us what works. As mentioned it is the study of all aspects living, thinking and behaviour that affects our well-being. Centred on scientific research, positive psychology provides us with evidence of the qualities and skills that significantly contribute to a fulfilling, healthy and flourishing life. It is not just about "being more positive" but more about becoming the best of ourselves. It is helping us understand and learn how we can experience all areas of our lives better.

 

Everything that is the focus and study of positive psychology is relevant to how we live and more importantly informs us how we choose to live.  As such, you get introduced to a number of human change technologies and interventions that assit you on getting in touch with your choices and why you choose them.  Then, if you choose, follow a number of proven steps and tasks that assist you in becoming more aligned, connecting our minds, our emotions, our physical bodies and our "souls", and hence experience a deep sense of happiness and well-being.

 

Techniques that may be used include but are not limited to; NLP, Time Line Therapy®, Hypnosis, Coaching, EFT, Mindfulness, Heart Centred Work, Goal Achievemnent, & Spiritual Practices to name a few.

 

Positive psychology as a separate new idea has a purpose. It brings together key concepts & elements of how to live a healthier, longer and more meaningful life, focusing on results & being at cause.

 

 

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