Envision yourself healthy…physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually
by learning more about Positive Psychology; one of the 3 SELF ReClaimed therapies.
Instead of asking “What is wrong with me?” Start asking “What is right with me?” This is the premise of Positive Psychology! Strength is as important as weakness.
Positive Psychology is a relatively new field that examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. Traditional psychology focuses on dysfunction whereas positive psychology strives to increase overall wellbeing. The major topics of interest include happiness, optimism, mindfulness, flow, character strengths/virtues, hope, positive thinking, and resilience.
Martin Seligman co-founded the field of positive psychology in 2000, and has devoted his career since then to furthering the study of positive emotion, positive character traits and positive institutions. He explains that traditional clinical psychology focuses more on the repair of unhappy states, than the propagation and nurturing of happy ones. In his pioneering work, Seligman directs the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, developing clinical tools and training the next generation of positive psychologists.
Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (co-founder) describe positive psychology in the following way: “We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise that achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving in individuals, families, and communities.”
The three central elements taught at the Positive Psychology Center include: positive emotions, positive individual traits and positive institutions. Understanding positive emotions necessitates the study of contentment of past, happiness of present and hope for the future. Understanding positive individual traits requires the study of strengths and virtues; such as the capacity for love, work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, self-control and wisdom. Understanding positive institutions entails the study of the strengths that foster better communities; such as justice, responsibility, civility, parenting, nurturance, work ethic, leadership, teamwork, purpose and tolerance.
What is positive psychology?
Martin Seligman explains the new era of positive psychology on TED.